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O'Bryant dominates Charlestown in season opener

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  September 12, 2012 06:49 PM

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The O’Bryant girls' soccer team got off to an impressive start Wednesday afternoon by dominating Charlestown, 6-0, in the season opener for both squads.

O'Bryant's victory was lopsided before it started, as Charlestown only fielded eight players compared to the Tigers' 25.

Freshman forward Keena Nicholas scored twice for the Tigers, once in the middle of the first half and another after a cluttered fight over the ball in the middle of the field in the middle of the second half.

“It feels good, great actually,” Nicholas said. “I never got two goals in a game before.”

Junior midfielder Yonetta Harris was the first to score after a run from the middle of the field to help the Tigers take a 4-0 halftime lead.

Charlestown gave up just two more goals in the second half. The Townies' keeper, senior Keila Goncalves, had 14 saves in her first game.

“I could have done better but I was able to defend a couple,” said Goncalves. “I think my team did good, especially the defense. They did their best.”

O’Bryant’s Nicholas agreed that Charlestown’s strength was in the defense.

“They had good defense,” she said,” but we stuck with it.”

Charlestown had few shots in the match, but speedy freshman forward Nisa Holley had an impressive run up the field in the final 20 minutes of the game.

Charlestown’s new coach, Conor Treacy, said that even though they lost their first game, they’ll be prepared for the next.

“We’re upset with the loss but we can learn a lot from it,” he said. “We’ll keep improving and pick up better results for next time. We only had eight players and they worked hard the whole game, so that’s something positive.”

O’Bryant coach Jason Joseph hopes his team can keep it up the good work.

“This was an encouraging start to the season for us,” he said.

Dorchester will host New Mission at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at Franklin Field while O’Bryant will play Latin Academy at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Madison Park.

“That will be a barometer for how we stand,” Joseph said about Latin Academy. “They’re built to be one of the top teams in the league.”

Mary Pavlu can be reached at mary.pavlu@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaryPavlu.

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