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Classical defeats English for Lynn boys soccer title 4-1

LYNN – In the first of three games that cross-town rivals Classical and English will play against each other, Classical eked out a 4-1 win for new coach Joe Skahan.Classical jumped off to a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when Miguel Castro beat English keeper Eric Hamlin off the right wing. Castro stole an outlet pass and beat the keeper from the top right corner of the area. At the 20-minute mark, English tied the game, 1-1. Gabe Smith fed Ulisis Guevara down the left wing. He hit a shot with the outside of his right foot that curved into the far top right-hand corner of the net.In the 24th minute, Classical was awarded a penalty shot when a Ram striker was taken down in the area. Carlos Cifuentes calmly stepped up and drilled the ball into the top right corner, and the Bulldog keeper had no chance to make the save. The half ended with the score Classical 2, English 1.Classical opened the second half on the same high with which it finished the first half. It was rewarded seven minutes later, when Cifuentes went left with the ball across the top of the area and reversed himself, and planted the ball in the top right corner that no one could get. The fourth and final goal of the game came in the 58th minute. Castro had a free kick from 40 yards out. His shot started out as if it was going over the crossbar. All of a sudden, it bent like a curve in baseball and caught the far top left corner of the net.Because of the rain delay in the girls championship game of more than an hour, the lights at Manning Field went out at 10 p.m. There is no way to override the switch and restart them. Since there were only a couple of minutes to go, and Classical was leading 4-1, the referee stopped the game and awarded the win to Classical The final two tourney MVPs were Castro for Classical and Guevara for English.

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