East Boston is unstoppable this season and has no plans of slowing down. The team continues their undefeated season after shutting down South Boston Thursday afternoon, 8-0.
“I’m not concerned about our record,” East Boston coach Lorenzo Di Benedetto said before the win. “I’m concerned about how we’re going to play.”
There was no need for Di Benedetto to be concerned, as the scoring started within the first minute of the game. Senior forward Marvin Melgar rushed the field as soon as the whistle blew, scoring within the first minute.
One goal wasn’t enough for Melgar, who scored again from the center of the field at the end of the first half. Ten minutes later, he passed three defenders and scored his third goal.
The score was 5-0 at the end of the first half, but the second played out differently. South Boston stepped up their defense, with both teams fighting over the ball for the majority of the second half.
Melgar managed to take over 25 minutes into the game however, and scored his third goal. During the last five minutes, the forward sped past defenders on the right side of the field. He shot and hit the left goal post, but senior forward Sanuel Zavala received possession of the ball immediately and scored.
East Boston freshman goalkeeper Edwin Avelar could not be defeated, providing the shut out.
“We played a really good game,” Melgar said. “We have to work more as a team though, less individually. [The play offs] is our goal. Hopefully we’ll be champions, but as coach says, lets worry about one game at a time.”
Despite the high score, South Boston junior keeper Alex Araujo played well with 14 saves.
“This is my first year as a goalie, I’ve played three games now,” he said. “We did okay, we could do better. We need more defense to push the ball up for our strikers to score.”
While South Boston coach Nate Houghton agrees that the team has room for improvement, he is proud of the way they played.
“This is the best game we’ve played all season,” he said. “We were more organized and [the players] are getting more experience.”
Even after their win, Di Benedetto also believes his team needs improvement.
“We need to better team chemistry and moving without the ball,” he said. “I’m also trying to incorporate more confidence and physicality in freshmen.”
Di Benedetto is working hard to get his team ready for teams like Madison Park and Brighton.
“We’re a young team and we’ve done well so far,” he said. “But the middle of the season will be the eye of the storm.”
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