We have a new number one team in our MIAA boys' soccer Top 20 poll this week.
The Lincoln-Sudbury Warriors take the top spot after previous number one Ludlow lost for just the second time this season. The Algonquin Tomahawks remain in at No. 2, while Needham and Weymouth flip flop spots after the Rockets defeated the Wildcats, 1-0, last week. The Bay State Conference is now Needham’s to win after dropped another game 1-0 to Brookline.
Here's a breakdown of the week that was and the week to come from resident soccer guru James Walsh:
ON THE BUBBLE
Lowell (11-2-4) - Scored three second half goals to defeat Central Catholic 3-2.
Wellesley (11-5-0) - You don’t want to play this team in the tournament.
Newton South (8-6-3) - The Lions have won six in a row, and only concede two goals over that stretch. Coach John Conte has his team play well at the most important time of the year.
BC High (8-6-3) - An away loss to Xaverian and a well-earned tie with No. 15 Hingham.
Westford Academy (8-5-2) - A tough 3-1 loss to Lincoln-Sudbury and will be without starting keeper Joe Brunelle after he was shown a straight red during the match.
Brighton (13-0-1) - The Benglas are leading the Boston City League.
Chelsea (8-1-0) - Defeated North Shore 6-0 in their only match last week.
Somerville (11-1-4) - Haven’t loss since opening day.
TOP OF THE TABLE
Lincoln-Sudbury’s win over Westford Academy on Wednesday sealed the Dual County League championship for the Warriors. Westford proved a tough test for L-S, but a Chris Kafina goal from an Andres Driscoll headed cross gave the visitors a 2-1 advantage, and Peter Jandl’s goal in the 69th minute sealed the deal.
“That’s one of our goals that goes down first on the sheet every time is win the DCL” Lincoln-Sudbury head coach David Hosford said, “We’ve done that, and did it with a game left, which is hard to do.”
Experience is also a key for the Warriors, who have all the players to make a deep run in the division one north bracket.
“I’ve got 15 seniors on the team, and a lot of them have been in these types of battles before,” Hosford said. “There is a lot of leadership out there and it’s not just from the captains.”
RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S BIG GAMES
(Last week's rankings)
No. 14 Winchester 2, No. 19 Lexington 1
Sophomore Russell Kunes scored to break a 1-1 deadlock and give the Sachems a 2-1 win and the Middlesex title.
No. 7 Needham vs. No. 4 Weymouth
Needham senior Max Swartz got just enough on his shot to force a rebound out of Weymouth keeper Scott Greenwood, and Needham striker Mac Steeves finished the second chance for the games only score.
“[Brandon] Miskin got the ball pretty quick, played a good ball to me, and I was lucky enough to get just enough on it for Mac to come make that play” said Swartz of the game’s lone goal.
He also had some praise for his opponents. “They’re a good team, and they’re always physical, the most physical team we play. We just had to do our best against them”
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 19 Lexington at Newton North
Pending Thursday’s results, the Tigers may need this game to qualify for the post season. But they went through this last season and things turned out pretty good for Roy Dow’s team.