Boys Soccer: Classical boys get strong defensive effort in win

Classical's Ayman Al-Abasi scored the Rams' lone goal Sunday. (File Photo)

After winning the possession game for much of the night, the No. 5 Classical boys soccer team capitalized on a corner kick chance with just over 20 minutes to play and held on to the 1-0 win over No. 12 Shawsheen Sunday at Manning Field.
“It feels good,” Classical coach Eric Moreno, Jr. said. “The main goal is the shutout. We got the shutout and came out and held on to the 1-0 lead. Shutouts are sometimes better victories than those games that are 3-2 or 3-1. I love to win like this.”
The deciding goal came with 21:42 left on a corner kick by Kevin Molina-Orelana. Ayman Al-Abasi finished the play, ripping a shot to give the Rams the 1-0 lead.
“It was a little scrappy, we were able to possess for the most part but that clear chance hadn’t came yet,” Moreno said. “I just told the boys, ‘Be hungry. Be hungry for that corner or that chance.’ We were hungrier than the other team.”
The Rams travel to No. 4 Arlington Tuesday (7) for the Division 2 North quarterfinal.
“Our expectations are to win,” Moreno said. “We are here to win the state title and I think we have the discipline. We have some injuries that we are trying to get through, but when we are at full capacity we are a tough team to beat.”
St. Mary’s 5, Rockport 0
Despite a slow start in the first half the No. 2 St. Mary’s boys soccer team came out red- hot in the second period to win a Division 4 North first round tournament game, 5-0, over No. 15 Rockport Sunday at Manning.
The Spartans had several chances early but Rockport was able to hold the St. Mary’s offense at bay in the first half.
“Dave [Curley] is a great coach,” St. Mary’s coach Michael D’Agostino said. “In 10 years coaching the first three or four years we played them we lost. He’s got a young team. They do their homework and they did a good job.”
Rockport couldn’t hold the Spartans from scoring long however. Olushola George added two quick goals to give St. Mary’s a 2-0 lead. Later in the second half Joseph Thongsythavong added two more goals on nice shots before dishing an assist to Thiago DeOliveira to put St. Mary’s well ahead at 5-0.
“These kids have payed off in conditionings,” D’Agostino said. “Rockport subbed every 10 minutes and put new kids out there to try to burn through us. Our kids held in through out and played well. Nick Pappas played well and our defense with Aidan O’Brien, Richard LeBrun and Connor Mackie, those three played awesome.”
St. Mary’s hosts No. 10 Bishop Fenwick Tuesday night (6).

Lynnfield 2, Newburyport 0

The No. 1 Pioneers ended a five-year drought to pick up their first tournament win since 2012 in an physical contest at Pioneer Stadium Sunday.

“They always play a hard, physical game and the key is to just stay composed and not get into that kind of play,” said Pioneers coach Brent Munroe. “It’s dangerous.”

Lynnfield came out energized and seized a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game. Nathan Bass played it wide to Max Sieger, who ripped a low shot into the net.

The Pioneers started the second half as they had the first and struck again in the 49th minute to double the lead to 2-0. Jonathan Luders scored the insurance goal.

Next up for Lynnfield is a semifinal matchup against No. 5 Pentucket Wednesday (TBA).

Medford 3, Peabody 1

The Peabody boys soccer team’s hopes for a deep North Division 1 tournament run were blown away Saturday night in the first round.

Trailing 1-0, Peabody (11-5-3) opened the second half on the attack, but Medford countered and drew a corner kick in the second minute and converted, doubling the lead to 2-0.

“I thought with the wind in the second half and down by only one, we had a real shot, but that second goal was a dagger,” said Peabody coach Stan McKeen.

Johnny Alves (Michael Tansey assist) cut the deficit to 2-1 with 26:35 left. With 4:30 left, Peabody missed a huge chance on a corner when Michael Beader’s kick was blown out of play by a wind gust. Medford’s Kendy Prince needed just 10 seconds to add an insurance goal. With 20 seconds left, Kyle Morfis pulled the Tanners to within one, 3-2, but it was too little too late.

Tech 4, Manchester-Essex 3 (PK)

After 100 minutes of scoreless soccer between the No. 9 Hornets and the No. 8 Tigers at Manning Field, the tightly-contested battle went to penalty kicks. Christian Herrera knocked in the game-winner to send Tech to Tuesday’s (6) Division 4 North quarterfinal at No. 1 Mystic Valley .

“We practiced penalty shots Tuesday and Thursday,” Tech coach Eric Moreno, Sr. said. “We went to play in the vocational (tournament) and we lost because of penalties. Even though we were ahead, we lost because of that.

“My team can play defense and play together as a team. But at the same time we need to find a way to win in 80 minutes, the regular two halves. Penalties is tough. We do prepare for that but at the same time, I’d like for my players to step it up a little and finish it in regular time.”

Henry Martinez, David Barrios and Yeferson Lopez also scored PK’s for Tech.

Tech goalie Yunior Ramirez was tested by an active Manchester-Essex offense but made key saves throughout the game to earn the shutout win. Ramirez finished the game with four saves.

“I’m happy with the win,” Moreno, Sr. said. “Hopefully we can continue on.”

Fenwick 4, Boston International 3 (PK)

At No. 7 Boston International Saturday, the No. 10 Crusaders advanced to the Division 4 North quarterfinal behind goals from Sean Walsh, Tarek Nabbout and Sean Kern. Fenwick will play No. 2 St. Mary’s Tuesday (6) for the right to advance to the sectional semifinal.

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