Week 6 brought the intensity, which is only going to increase in week 7, the last of the season. Here are the games to watch before the city championships:
No. 1: O’Bryant vs. Boston International at White Stadium at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday:
O’Bryant started out its week with an exciting 8-4 victory against West Roxbury. The Tigers went on to face Dorchester and led most of the game but the thriller took a turn in Dorchester’s favor with an end result of 2-2.
O’Bryant needs one more win to qualify into the city championships, which means that this match against Boston International is bound to be intense.
It won't be an easy win for O’Bryant, as Boston International stands at 12-2 . The Lions have yet to lose a game since falling to C.A.S.H. in its second match of the season.
No. 2: East Boston vs. Brighton at Portsmouth at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday:
East Boston is 11-2-1. The Jets had a good week with a 3-2 win against Medford, a 5-0 win against Snowden, and a 1-1 tie versus Burke.
Brighton had a fantastic week with a 10-0 shut out of South Boston and 6-1 victory against Charlestown.
The Jets and the Bengals are two of the top teams in the city. Both have qualified for the tournament but have never gone head to head - until now. This game will show which is closer to the coveted city championship victory.
No. 3: Burke vs. Latin Academy at White Stadium at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday:
Latin Academy beat Snowden, 3-1, earlier this week, but was shut out, 5-0, by Madison Park. Despite the tough loss, the Dragons’ win against Snowden qualified the team to compete in the state tournament for the first time in 10 years.
Burke dominated Charlestown, 12-0, to start the week. The Bulldogs proved to be one of the top teams in the league as they held East Boston to a 1-1 tie at the end of the week.
Latin Academy has been improving all season, but Burke has been one of the best from the start. It’s likely that the Bulldogs will come out with the victory, but there’s a chance the Dragons could pull off the win.
No. 1: New Mission at Madison Park at 3:30 p.m., Thursday:
New Mission started off its week strong with two shut outs – 2-0 against Snowden and Burke. O’Bryant brought a challenge at the end of the week in a thriller resulting in a 2-2 tie.
MP also had a strong week with a 3-1 win over Snowden and a 6-1 victory against Burke. The Raiders couldn’t keep up with O’Bryant, however, and were shut out 3-0.
Since New Mission tied O’Bryant and Madison lost by three in week six, it looks like New Mission will pull off the win on Thursday. Still, Madison can be unpredictable and will definitely bring a strong game in its last match of the season.
No. 2: East Boston vs. O’Bryant at Madison Park at 3:30 p.m., Friday:
East Boston lost, 1-0, against Minuteman last week, in a game coach Richard La Cara said should have been a victory. The Jets dominated most of the game but couldn’t seem to put the ball in the net. The week improved with a 3-0 shut out over South Boston that was the result of the Jets’ impeccable defense.
O’Bryant had three games in one week and came out win one win, 3-0 against Madison Park, one tie, 2-2 against New Mission and a loss, 3-1 versus Brighton. Overall, O’Bryant is 8-1-2.
This match is bound to be tough as the results determine where both teams stand in the city playoffs. Both are strong teams that have performed well all season, making it
difficult to predict a victor.
No. 3: Burke vs. Latin Academy at Hynes at 3:30 p.m., Thursday:
Due to Friday’s rain, Latin Academy only played one match last week. The Dragons traveled outside the city to beat Cambridge, 3-1, and have yet to lose a city match.
Burke lost both its games this week, 6-1 to Madison Park and 2-0 to New Mission. The Bulldogs have yet to win a match this season.
Although Latin Academy is the likely victor, this game will benefit breast cancer and the bigger the turnout the better. Food, refreshments, and crafts will be sold with all proceeds going to breast cancer research. The girls will also be decked out in pink to support the cause, and even compete with a pink ball.
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