The East Boston boys' soccer team showed Wednesday that it is headed for the city championships and won't settle for anything less. In an intense and often physical battle with Boston English, the Jets came out on top, 9-1.
The goals for East Boston, which improved to 6-0, started the second the whistle blew. Within five minutes, senior captain and midfielder Elmer Ventura scored the first goal. His second strike came in the second half via a powerful kick at the 30 yard-line. He also assisted on senior forward Juan Restrepo’s goal, also in the second half.
“Everybody on the team played very good,” Ventura said. “This game was a good experience and we want to get better. Every game we try our best. Every time, every second, and next game we also hope to win.”
East Boston senior forward Marvin Melgar also was at his best, scoring two goals in the first half and another in the second, despite temporarily coming out after a collision with English freshman Rafael Matos.
The Jets were ahead, 5-0, after dominating the first half.
Winless English’s effort was admirable, however. Sophomore midfielder Armandio Ferreira had three great chances, but none of the shots was successful. With only 15 minutes left, senior forward Michael Johnson scored English’s only goal.
“I’m proud of how my boys did, at least we got my goal,” Johnson said.
English junior goalkeeper Mohamma Avais did a commendable job, with 14 saves.
“It didn’t go our way, [but] we played against a really strong team,” English coach Edmar Varela said. “[East Boston is] probably top two in the city, I’ve heard. We’re going to keep on trying, we have seven games to go, and hopefully we can get some wins.”
East Boston coach Lorenzo Di Benedetto is only looking for his team to get even better. To him, that means coming out victorious against teams outside of the city.
“This was a great game because it gave us the opportunity to play everybody and try everybody in their positions,” Di Benedetto said. “It’s a great warmup for Friday because we’re playing Malden and they’re a top team. It’s going to be a good challenge for us and a good bar to set for the upcoming games in October.”
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