If you liked week three of the city soccer season it will only get better as we look ahead to this week, and maybe with sunny skies.
No. 1. Latin Academy at East Boston, 3:30 p.m., Thursday.
Despite having a young team, East Boston is playing with confidence. Even coach Lorenzo Di Benedetto thought they’d have trouble Saturday beating suburban Malden, a team full of Greater Boston League-tested seniors. Although the Jets are young they clearly have great skill, as they came out victorious, 1-0.
They aren’t undefeated, but Latin Academy also gets stronger by the week. The Dragons tied O’Bryant Tuesday but defeated South Boston, 5-1, Thursday and even Dedham, 5-1, Saturday.
The competition will be fierce with Latin Academy looking to end East Boston’s flawless record.
No. 2 O’Bryant at Madison Park, 3:30 p.m., Tuesday.
O’Bryant also continues to conquer, even outside of the city. They tied Latin Academy 2-2 Tuesday, shut out Snowden, 3-0, Thursday and blanked Revere, 3-0, Saturday. Coach Ian Doreian commented that his forwards played hard all week and that won't change Tuesday.
Madison Park has been the team to beat for the past three years. Since they’re undefeated this season, it looks like things haven’t changed much. With O’Bryant on a winning streak, however, it just might.
No. 3 C.A.S.H. at Randolph, 3:30 p.m., Wednesday.
C.A.S.H. has one loss this season, its first match against Latin Academy. Since then they’ve improved with two wins this week, 4-1 on Tuesday against South Boston and 2-1 on Thursday against Charlestown.
Randolph has three losses, but suburban teams are known to be competitive. We'll see if C.A.S.H. can pull off another win outside of the city, like O’Bryant and East Boston did this week.
No. 1 New Mission vs. Latin Academy at Reservation Field at 3:30 p.m., Monday.
New Mission continues to thrive in the city. Although both contenders played hard they were no match for New Mission. New Mission beat Burke Wednesday 3-0 and Brighton Thursday, 2-0.
Latin Academy also has been doing well in the city, but things changed when they played in the suburbs. The Dragons lost to North Quincy, 8-0, on Wednesday, but shut out Snowden, 7-0, the day before.
Latin Academy definitely learned from their disappointing experience with North Quincy. It’s likely they’ll have a few new tricks for New Mission on Monday.
No. 2 C.A.S.H at East Boston at 3:30 p.m., Monday.
East Boston shut out Charlestown, 5-0, on Tuesday and Dorchester 3-0 on Friday, but suffered a tough loss to Everett Wednesday.
C.A.S.H. has been having a rocky season, but shut out Madison Park on Wednesday, 6-0. Coach Amy Offret is confident the team will channel their new-found confidence in Monday’s match against the Jets. C.A.S.H. could be a new team to watch with a win over the Jets.
No. 3 Brighton at Madison Park, 3:30 p.m., Friday.
Brighton was on a winning streak in the past week, but undefeated New Mission put an end to it this week, 2-0. It was a tough loss for Brighton, as they were looking to retrieve their former title as the strongest girls team in the city league.
Madison Park had a disappointing week as well. They lost to C.A.S.H, 6-0, on Wednesday, but coach Adelina Da Silva still thinks her team has what it takes to beat Brighton. We’ll see if the recent losses affect their play this week.
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