LYNN — The English boys soccer team cruised to a 3-0 win over Saugus Monday in a Northeastern Conference match-up at Manning Field. The Bulldogs offense clicked and had the Sachems on their heels for most of the night.
A pair of sophomores, Jalen Coriolan and Bruno Cabral each scored one goal to get English off to a 2-0 lead in the first half. Junior Ryan Lima added one goal.
English dominated possession overall.
“We have a skilled team,” English coach Kerry King said. “The kids have been working real hard and we’ve been doing an excellent job of moving the ball around and creating opportunities. I still feel that we could be a little better on the finishing end. It happened in the Tech game (2-1 loss in penalty kicks last Wednesday) that we were able to create some opportunities and not score. But it’s a great group of kids. They’re working hard and we’re improving every day.”
The Bulldogs made things easy on Jack Mancaniello but the freshman goalkeeper still looked sharp with some key saves in the shutout.
“Jack is a very experienced goaltender,” King said. “He’s a great communicator. He does a great job of distributing the ball out of the back so we’re able to counter quick when they do have possession.”
Saugus spent most of the night on the defensive. First-year coach Josh Hickey saw some flashes of nice defensive play from the Sachems.
“It’s our first game,” Hickey said. “We’re still working out kinks and stuff like that. English moved the ball a little bit better than we did and that’s something that we have to work on.
“The defense overall I thought played a tremendous game,” Hickey said. “The ball was on our half of the field a lot and considering that for the score to be what it was, I thought we did a great job.”
The Sachems actually had one of the first scoring chances of the night in the opening minutes. Juan Oliveira found enough space to get a shot on net but Mancaniello made the save.
From there it was all English. The Bulldogs had a few different scoring chances before Coriolan sprinted past a pair of defenders and ripped a shot that found the back of the net to put English ahead 1-0.
The chances kept coming from there. Chris Lazo had a pair of chances denied and Lima had a shot saved midway through the first half. After a long English possession in the Saugus box Cabral finally cashed in on a chance with a nice shot to stretch the lead to 2-0.
The second half was much of the same. Saugus didn’t have many chances to cut at the Bulldogs’ lead and any the Sachems had were snuffed out by Mancaniello and the English defense. Later in the second half Lima added a goal to cap off the scoring for the Bulldogs.
Saugus (0-1) will hope to bounce back on the road at Salem Wednesday (7).
“We want to try to possess the ball a lot more than we did,” Hickey said. “Instead of just booting it up the field we want to focus on possession more. Maybe be able to get some set pieces that we didn’t really get the chance with (Monday).”
The Bulldogs (2-0-1) shift their focus to crosstown rival Classical Thursday (3:45).
“The kids are excited,” King said Thursday. “We know that Classical is a great team. All the kids know each other and we’re just excited for the opportunity. You know it’s going to be a tough task but we’re confident. It’s going to be a great game.”