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Week 5: Games to watch in BPS soccer

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  October 7, 2012 01:41 PM

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Week five was as intense as ever. Here are the games to watch for week six.


No 1: Madison Park at East Boston, 3:30 p.m., Wednesday.

This is the match both teams have been preparing for all season.

East Boston suffered it first loss this week, 4-0 against Somerville, which is ranked No. 3 in the Globe Top 20. Di Benedetto said the Jets worked hard but that the skill of his team did not match up with Somerville’s. He thinks his team matches up better with Madison Park.

The Cardinals are still undefeated and hope to stay that way. East Boston is also undefeated in the city league, so this one’s a definite toss up and bound to leave viewers hanging onto the edge of their seats.

No. 2: Brighton at O’Bryant, 3:30 p.m., Tuesday.

It looked as if O’Bryant was having a great week after its 6-1 win over English on Thursday. That wasn’t the case, however, as the Tigers learned that a player was academically ineligible. Since he had been playing all season, the Tigers first two wins had to be forfeitted.

Meanwhile, Brighton had a great week. The Bengals defeated Dorchester, 3-1, in an exhilarating match Tuesday and shut out Charlestown, 8-0, Friday. The players have picked up a newfound confidence and it’s evident on the field.

O’Bryant is looking for revenge and Brighton is looking to prolong its winning streak, which makes for one exciting match.

No. 3: Charlestown vs. English at Franklin Field #2, 3:30 p.m., Thursday.

Both teams had a rough week five. Charlestown suffered three losses, 4-0 to Latin Academy Tuesday, 3-2 to Snowden Thursday, and 8-0 to Brighton Friday.

English lost both of its games as well, 12-0 to Boston International Wednesday and 6-1 to O’Bryant on Thursday.

Charlestown has only one win, 3-2 against South Boston at the beginning of the season, while English is still working for its first.

Coach Edmar Varela said that the team is starting to pick up, so it looks like their first win could be this week.


No 1: Brighton at East Boston, 3:30 p.m., Tuesday.

Brighton eliminated East Boston from the playoffs the past two years, so the two teams are known rivals.

Brighton had an exciting week with a tie in the suburbs. They fought hard against Mt. Alverania and ended the game at 1-1. They also had an exciting shut out against English, 4-1, which brought their city record to 4-2.

East Boston also had a stellar week with two shutouts. They blanked CASH Monday and Burke Wednesday, both 7-0. The Jets have a city record of 7-1.

East Boston has been working hard since summer to finally defeat Brighton. With their impressive record this season, it just might happen.

No 2: Dorchester vs. Burke at Franklin Field #2, 3:30 p.m., Tuesday.

Boston International sophomore Lovelyse Bienamie has transformed Dorchester to one of the top teams in the league. The forward debuted this week and helped shut out Charlestown 3-0 Tuesday and defeat CASH, 2-1, on Friday. These were the Bears’ first wins since their 3-2 match against English, two weeks ago.

Burke had a rough fifth week with a 7-0 loss to East Boston. Coach Ivyrose Hess is trying to get her team ready for Tuesday and the hope of recording their first win.

Due to Bienamie, Dorchester is the likely victor. Burke could have some surprises after a weekend of hard training, however. It will be interesting to see how the underdogs will do.

No. 3: CR&L vs. Latin Academy at 4 p.m., at Hynes, Wednesday.

Latin Academy is undefeated in the city league, but has struggled against suburban teams. The Dragons lost 6-1 to Ursuline, 6-0 to Dedham, and 8-0 to Quincy this season. Coach Nicholas Kamberidis and his girls are determined for a win outside of the city. Since CR&L has only two wins this season, Latin Academy's wish could come this week.

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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