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Week 4: Standout plays in BPS soccer

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  September 30, 2012 06:17 PM

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It was another strong week in BPS soccer, with impressive plays for the both boys and girls teams.

Boys' action:

Latin Academy

Latin Academy played South Boston on a soggy Saturday and freshman forward Vilder Joachim played a big role in its 5-1 win. In the second half, Joachim picked up the ball on the right corner and powerfully struck it into the left corner, low to the ground.

“I’ve been begging them to keep the ball low,” coach Dennis Allen said. “This was one of those [plays] where the execution was what I had been asking them to do.”


O’Bryant had a great week. They dominated Revere, 3-0, Saturday, beat Snowden, 3-0, Thursday and tied Latin Academy Tuesday. Sophomore David Lopera had two goals this week, but one, coach Ian Doreian says, was exceptional.

“He shot from 18 yards down,” he said, “and just absolutely buried it.”


Brighton played only one match this week, Tuesday against Burke, but coach Adrian Kawuba called it the most exciting of the season.

By the end of the first half, Brighton was down, 3-1. Their confidence didn’t waiver in the second half however, as Rossel Cacho scored from a powerful cross from senior forward Gustavo Silva. Cacho added a second goal later.

“It was the best goal I’ve seen in awhile,” Kawuba said. “He headed the ball in. I don’t know how he managed to get the ball into the corner. It was unbelievable.”

Sophomore Vinicus Cordeiro also had a fantastic goal from 35 yards out off a free kick that ended up being the game-winner for Brighton, 4-3.

East Boston

Last Friday East Boston went to the suburbs in a match against Malden. They won 1-0 in a game that coach Lorenzo Di Benedetto called “clean and well matched,” But one play stuck out.

Freshman forward Sebastian Toro scored the only goal after picking up the ball 30 yards out. He passed all of the defenders and rushed the goalie, who saved the ball at his first attempt. He went in for the rebound and tucked in a beautiful goal.

Girls action:

Madison Park

Madison Park shut out Burke, 6-0, Friday thanks to many fantastic plays. Senior forward Heidymara Gomes executed a beautiful goal from the middle of the field after an assist from senior forward Dulcelina Tavares.

“They’ve played together for a while, since they were freshmen,” coach Adelina Da Silva said, “So they know each other well and make beautiful plays.”

Even a defender had a goal against Burke. Senior Ashley Chavez recovered the ball from Gomes and scored all the way from Madison’s side of the field.


Even though Dorchester lost to O’Bryant, 7-2, coach Allison Cohn is proud of the way her team played. The first goal was by senior forward Mirlande Philogene, after recovering the ball with her head. She then dribbled up past the defenders and scored in an impressive shot to the right corner.

East Boston

This week East Boston’s power was in its underclassmen. Forward Mariah Roberts showed great skill in Tuesday’s 5-0 shut out against Charlestown – and she’s only a freshman. She had an impressive goal in the second half after she passed two defenders, as well as a gorgeous assist to sophomore midfielder Ruth Rivas.


Although Charlestown lost East Boston, sophomore forward Sara Centeio was the most dedicated player on the field. Despite being down by 5 with no subs at the end of the second half, she powered down the field and passed every defender. She couldn’t execute however, as East Boston’s sophomore keeper Brittany Blancato blocked her shot.

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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