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Week 1: Games to watch in BPS soccer

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  September 9, 2012 07:52 PM

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Here are the three games to watch in boys' city soccer this week.

No. 1 -- Brighton vs. Snowden at Portsmouth, Monday, 3:30 p.m.:

Everyone is eager to see what Brighton can do this year with former professional soccer player Adrian Kawuba (he played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds) taking over the reins as coach, you can bet the Bengals have been working hard this summer.

Although they weren’t the city champs last year, Snowden shouldn’t be ruled out. The team has a lot of new blood this season, with players from Fenway High and Quincy Upper.

No. 2 -- East Boston v. Dorchester at East Boston, Monday, 3:30 p.m.:

With East Boston’s great record last season (12-4-2,) this team is bound to play an exciting match. Coach Lorenzo Di Benedetto also trained a new goalie this summer, who could be the next new city star.

Dorchester has six returning starters in key positions, so these guys will know exactly what to do on the field.

No. 3 -- West Roxbury vs. Latin Academy at Millennium, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.:

Everyone loves the story of the underdog, and this game will provide just that. With only one win last year, West Roxbury's new coach Daniel McDonald is determined for a better record this season. Latin Academy didn’t have the best record last season either with just four wins, but this year the team has a lot of new players.

Coach Dennis Allen is looking to his seniors to help the younger players learn the ropes.

Girls' action

Here are the three games to watch for girls' city soccer this week.

No 1. -- Brighton vs. Latin Academy at Hynes, Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.:

It’s almost guaranteed that even with a new coach, Brighton is going to perform well this year. The defending city champs went 16-2 last year and have been working hard all summer. They will showcase seven returning starters.

Latin Academy, however, has seven returning starters as well. Although they only had four wins last season, coach Nicolas Kamberidis said that key positions of the field (sweepers, stoppers, center mids) have the most strength on his team this season.

No. 2 -- East Boston vs. New Mission at Reservation, Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.:

East Boston is expected to be on fire this year with 10 returning starters, four of them skilled senior captains. One of them, Maria Vargas, has been training all summer in the women’s soccer league in Chelsea as well as scrimmaging with boys. The team lost by one goal to the undefeated Brighton last fall, so if anyone’s looking for revenge, it’s the Jets.

New Mission is expected to be at their best this season, having garnered some players from Boston Community Leadership Academy, which played for last year's city championship Brighton squad. This year BCLA is housed in the former Hyde Park Education Complex and is playing with New Mission.

No. 3 -- Madison Park vs. Boston English at Boston English, Monday, 3:30 p.m.:

Madison Park is looking for revenge this season, having gone to the semifinals but lost to O’Bryant. Coach Adelina Da Silva not only shared that she has many talented returning starters, but was also attempting to recruit as many players as she can. With the skilled Olga Manjvar in goal, it may difficult for English to score.

As for Boston English, the team has a new coach who has played soccer his entire life, a sport that is his passion stemming from his native country, Angola. It will be interesting to see if English has what it takes to defeat Madison Park.

Mary Pavlu covers Boston Public school athletics. She can be reached at Mary.Pavlu@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaryPavlu

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