The Brighton boys' soccer team rolled over Snowden on Thursday and made it look easy. The Bengals defeated the Cougars, 10-0, after a match that mainly took place on Snowden’s side of the field.
Brighton senior captain Rossel Cacho was often in possession of the ball, putting his speed and skilled footwork to constant use.
“Thank God we won,” Cacho said. “Last game we forfeited because we didn’t have enough paperwork, so unfortunately we lost. From now on we’re going to work hard to win the season.”
He set up the ball for sophomore center midfielder Vinicius Cordervo to score within the first four minutes of the game. Ten minutes later, he had a beautiful assist to freshman right midfielder Gerson Lopez from the left side of the goal.
Lopez and Gerson each secured another goal, as well as one for senior midfielder Gustavo Silva and freshman midfielder Jairo Gomez.
By halftime, the score was 7-0.
Cacho was at his best in the second half. While Snowden had possession of the ball for the first five minutes of the game, Cacho was able to secure the ball in the middle of the field and took off toward the goal. He made his way around three defenders and scored.
Within the last 10 minutes of the game, Cacho sent the ball soaring into the right corner of the net from a corner kick.
“I thought we played well for our first game,” said new Brighton coach, Adrian Kawuba. “We really stuck to the game plan today. We came out with high energy. We can still improve, but overall we played well. We want to translate that in the next game, where we definitely need to play well.”
While the Cougars clearly struggled against the Bengals, goalkeeper Stanley Gourge had 11 saves. The Quincy Upper senior was a longtime football player and this is only his second year playing soccer.
Even though the team was defeated, the keeper believes Snowden is becoming a team to watch.
“I think we did a little better than last year,” he said. “Our defense improved, we just need to work harder so we get better and better. Most of us are freshmen and they’re doing even better than seniors last year.”
Snowden coach, Joao Barros, agrees that while his team isn’t at their prime, they’re getting there.
“I’m proud of my team and they way they played,” he said. “They played hard and we had no subs. It’s a work in progress – there’s about seven or eight of them that are playing organized sports for the first time. We’re looking to make this one of the top programs as years go by. Long-term, I feel really good about this team.”
Brighton will be hosted by two-time city champions, Madison Park on Monday at 3:30 p.m. while Snowden returns to the field on Wednesday against Dorchester at 3:30 p.m. at White Stadium.
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