Boston High School: Austin Eugenio

Soccer Roundup: Silver Lake routs New Bedford

November, 8, 2013
WEYMOUTH, Mass. -– Paul Beatty scored a second half hat trick to break open Thursday night’s Division 1 South sectional semifinal at Weymouth High. Beatty’s goals helped No. 1 seed (and No. 1 ranked) Silver Lake cruise to a 5-0 victory over No. 4 seed New Bedford.

Despite the final score, it was New Bedford that looked stronger at the start with star midfielder Klisman Sousa combining well with forward Edmilson Andrade and winger Felipe Ponte to put Silver Lake under pressure. The Whalers had the best chances of the first half and both came off of Sousa’s boot.

First, the Whalers senior played an in-swinging free kick that picked out defender Shawn Dias flying in at the far post, but he was unable to put the header on target. Just a minute later, New Bedford came forward again and Sousa worked the slightest sight of goal and let loose a left-foot rocket that Silver Lake keeper Stephen McSwain punched away.

Beatty had very little service in the first half with New Bedford putting a defender in front and behind him. The complexion of the game changed with just four minutes before the break. A long throw was barely touched past the post by Whalers keeper Austin Eugenio. On the resulting corner, New Bedford failed to clear and the ball bounced into the path of Tim Barrow, who ripped smashed it home to open the scoring.

Down by a goal, New Bedford started the second half by pushing numbers forward. That left room at the back for the speed of Beatty to have effect.

Lakers head coach Dan Correia explained, “They had all the momentum at that point, so for us to be able to be scrappy in the box and tuck one away...I mean those are the goals you need to get in these games. That opened things up a little bit in the second half because they had to change things defensively and freed Paul up.”

Beatty admitted that he was frustrated by the way the first half had gone, but he did not let it get to him. Instead, with his first real look at goal the striker was able to hit a shot that was deflected up over Eugenio to make it 2-0 just three minutes after halftime.

Beatty noted, “You just have to keep knowing that you’re doing the right thing and getting to places where you can get the ball and it will come eventually. I needed that to put me in the right state of mind.”

New Bedford tried to get back into the game through its star player, but Sousa was denied by McSwain again. The keeper was somehow able to get two hands to punch away a swerving shot and then also got down well to palm away the follow-up rebound by Andrade when it seemed destined for the net.

New Bedford head coach John Macaraco remarked that his team was unlucky not to have been on the board and that a goal at that moment would have changed the game.

He said, “The score doesn’t indicate how close this game was; every chance they got, they finished. Their keeper came up with some good saves. If we make it 2-1 then it’s a different game.”

From that point on, New Bedford struggled to get into the possession game that defines its style. Macaraco added, “We never settled down and got into our rhythm. I always say we need to play 'Calma' and I think we played 'calma' and go into our rhythm and if we did, I think the outcome would’ve been different.”

The Whalers were also facing a striker that suddenly felt momentum on his side. Beatty started to find a lot of space to turn and run at defenders. Fifteen minutes into the second half he went one-on-one with Ty Catunto and blew past him to finish from just inside the box to make it 3-0. A few minutes later he tapped in his hat trick when Sean Hurlburt’s long throw was allowed to bounce to him in the middle of the box.

Correia was aksed if this was a typical game for his center forward and he replied simply, “Yeah.”

He elaborated, “I think that’s 35 goals this season. He just has that extra gear that guys don’t have.”

Macaraco pointed to the goal as changing the way his team approached defending Beatty. He remarked, “Once we got down, you know, we had to push some numbers up top. We made a few mental mistakes and, with his blistering speed, he’s able to finish most of his chances.”

Silver Lake added a fifth in the final minutes when Brendan Nemes found space on the edge of the 18 and curled his shot into the top corner. It was an emphatic exclamation point on a dominating win for the Lakers.

It was also the final game in the New Bedford career of the talented Sousa, who drew praise from both coaches after the game. Macaraco reflected, “He’s a special player and he needs just an inch of space and with his ability he can get that inch and get that shot off. It’s been a pleasure being part of his four years at the high school.”

Silver Lake advances to the sectional final on Sunday at Taunton High at 5:30 p.m. to play the defending state champion Needham, which beat BC High 3-0 in the other semifinal.

  • While the Needham boys advanced to the sectional final with a solid win in a rematch with the Eagles, the Needham girls could not match the feat in the nightcap at Medway High. The Rockets were beaten 2-0 by defending champ Franklin, which returns to the sectional final. The Panthers got goals from Alexis Stowell and Taylor Cogliano in the first half to earn the victory. The D1 South final will feature the top two seeds, as Bishop Feehan scored in double overtime to end the amazing tournament run of Walpole. It was the first goal that the Rebels had given up in four playoff games.
  • In the D2 South boys’ semifinals, No. 2 seed Oliver Ames allowed a goal within the opening three minutes but then stormed back on a Dave Stapleton free kick and second half header by Gaston Cetrangolo to reach its first ever South final with a 2-1 win over Hingham. The Tigers will face No.13 seed Walpole, which beat Pembroke 2-0. Both of these teams competed in D1 last season. The girls’ final In D2, as it does in D1, will feature the top two seeds with No. 1 Scituate beating Sandwich 1-0 and No. 2 Notre Dame (Hingham) beating Dartmouth 3-2. Those finals will be played on Veterans Day at Braintree High.
  • There was another big upset on the girls’ side on Thursday. The top team in the state, Central Catholic, and the No. 4 team, Duxbury, were already eliminated and now the No. 3 team, Belchertown, is out as well. The Orioles were stunned in the D1 West sectional 1-0 by Pittsfield. The loss ends the remarkable careers of all-state twins Brittany and Breanne Moreau and puts Pittsfield back into the West sectional final for the second year in a row. Minnechaug will be the opponent after it beat East Longmeadow 2-1. There was also an upset on the boys’ side of D1 West with No. 2 seed Amherst beaten on penalties by West Springfield in the semifinal.
  • There will be a rematch in the D1 North boys’ final, as No. 1 seed Somerville beat Malden 3-0 and No. 3 seed St. John’s Prep knocked off Madison Park in double overtime. The Highlanders, led by forward Thayrone Miranda (you know, the guy who did this), will be looking to repeat as sectional champions. On the girls’ side, Newton North will face Acton-Boxborough. The North finals will be on Saturday at Manning Field in Lynn. Also on Saturday at Manning Field will be a top 10 showdown against unbeaten North Andover and perennial D2 power Concord-Carlisle, which will be one of the top games of the tournament. Not to be outdone, the D2 girls will feature a match-up of Beverly and Miss Soccer candidate Caitlin Harty against Concord-Carlisle. Amazingly, those are not even the sectional finals; those are just the semis.
  • In the Central, the defending D1 champion Nashoba girls were eliminated by rival Algonuin. Last year, the Tomahawks lost only three games in the season, each of them against the Chieftains. Algonuin will face top seed Westborough in the final to be held at Wachusett. Westborough also has the top seed on the boys’ side and the Rangers advanced to the sectional final to face Wachusett, which knocked off two-time D2 state champion Groton-Dunstable (moved into D1 after the Central lost a Division 2). Wachusett will host the boys’ final. Like Westborough in D1, Sutton will have both the boys and girls in the finals in D4 after both were dropped down from D3.

Recap: No. 1 New Bedford 2, Dartmouth 2

October, 10, 2013

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The contrasting reactions of the teams at the final whistle told its own story.

One set of players left the field with arms raised, smiles on their faces, while the other players were left shaking their heads and thinking about missed opportunities.

The scoreboard may have read 2-2, but anything less than victory, especially against a rival, feels like a defeat for New Bedford. That’s how fine the line is when you are the top-ranked soccer team in the state.

The No. 1 Whalers jumped out to a 2-0 lead within the first four minutes of Thursday evening’s game with Dartmouth, but the Indians battled back with a goal either side of halftime to earn a draw and a crucial point in their push for tournament qualification.

“I told my guys before the game that this is the big stage; this is why we play soccer,” said Dartmouth head coach Josh Silva, who pumped his fist to celebrate as the game came to a close. “Just a heck of a game, two heavyweights going at it, and I’m pleased with the result after going down 2-0.”

For the Whalers (10-0-2), who sit atop the statewide rankings and were this week ranked No. 8 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), it was only the second dropped point of the season.

But head coach John Macaraco still saw plenty of room for improvement ahead of the state tournament.

“This is what I hopefully can anticipate going forth - what we saw in the first 10 minutes,” he remarked. “We have the talent and, once we start playing more as a team, we’re going to be tough to beat. We’re very talented with the ball at our feet, but we’re having an issue with some physicality.”

Junior forward Edmilson Andrade got New Bedford off to a perfect start on a blustery night in front of a typically partisan crowd. Just 30 seconds into the game, he received a pass in the middle of the attacking half and drove beyond the last Dartmouth defender. Andrade had the presence of mind to slip his shot under the onrushing keeper to make it 1-0.

Just three minutes later, he had his second. This was the type of free-flowing soccer that New Bedford is known for, as the Whalers cruised through the midfield with one-touch passing. Senior Klisman Sousa sent in a cross to the back post that was headed down by Felipe Ponte into the path of Andrade, who smashed into the net.

Dartmouth (6-4-3) was reeling, but after a timeout and reorganization seemed to settle down and, as the half wore on, started creating chances for senior forward Noah Martins and midfielder Ben Silvia. The Indians surrounded Sousa in the midfield and used their strength to frustrate the Whalers.

Macaraco admitted that it took New Bedford out of its game plan.

He said, “I think the word is out - this is how teams have been playing us lately. Dartmouth is a quality team and we couldn’t adjust as fast as we should have.”

On the fifth corner of the first half, Dartmouth finally had its reward. The ball bounced around the box and the Whalers were unable to clear it before Silvia stepped up to poke it home and make it 2-1 with 14 minutes left before halftime. His coach spoke after the game about the importance of getting on the board before the break.

“It was huge. That goal definitely gave us momentum going into the second half and brought us some confidence,” said Silva.

The second half began with more space for both teams. Sousa drew a yellow card on defender Pat Thornton for a foul on the edge of the 18-yard-box, but on the free kick his shot sailed high. Almost immediately after, Martins had a chance on the other end but that too sailed over. The Indians also forced a great save out of Austin Eugenio on a fierce shot by Josh Sousa and on the ensuing corner Nick Paine rattled the crossbar of the football uprights just a foot over the goal.

At the midway point of the second half, Dartmouth equalized. A cross from the near side could not be handled by Eugenio, who spilled it at the feet of Martins. The Indians striker made no mistake with his finish and set off celebrations on the visitor’s bench.

Silva praised his senior’s work rate after the game.

He noted, “Noah is just that type of kid that any coach would want. He brings it every day…he leads with his play. He definitely gave our guys the edge today. His leadership brought us to the next level today.”

Macaraco was left wondering what happened to his team’s defense, which had been strong all season long.

“I think we gave up two soft goals today, which is something that we’ve been good at this year. I mean, this is the first time we’ve given up two goals in a game the whole season.”

New Bedford had a pair of chances to find the winner. First, Sousa found space in the box with a terrific change of pace and dip of the shoulder, but his cross was just behind fellow forward Deivys D’Almeida. In the final minute, Andrade had a chance for his hat trick, but his sharp strike from the left was well-saved and held by sophomore Nathan Morgado with Sousa lurking to pounce on any rebound.

“They’ve got some guys that can kill you in a lot of ways, but we prepared for them and I thought we had a good game plan going in,” said Silva, who called the Whalers’ midfield one of the best in the state.

He added, “Any time that you can go into a hostile environment and get a point, especially at New Bedford High, it’s good.”