The best high school soccer players took the field tonight in the Boston Scholar Athlete All Star games and for both the boys and girls, all results pointed North.
Teams were divided based on city location, and the North boys team had a 7-3 victory over the South while the North girls secured a 4-0 shut out over the South.
The North stars that dominated the boys’ win over the South didn’t come as much as a surprise. Season standouts like Brighton senior forward Rossel Cacho and Madison Park senior forward Edmilson Barros lead the team like they had played together for years.
Barros scored in the left corner of the goal in the fifth minute after a beautiful assist from Cacho, and ten minutes later Cacho scored off an assist from Barros.
Wowed by their dynamic, the South stepped up its defense.
Another top scorer in the league, Dorchester’s Warren Exceus scored in the last eight minutes of the half to get the South on the scoreboard before half time.
The South continued to make a comeback in the second half when O’Bryant sophomore Mikias Gurmesa tied up the score with 20 minutes left, and five minutes later Boston International senior Stephan Teixera garnered a goal providing a 3-2 lead.
Down by one, Barros and Cacho orchestrated a miraculous come back for the North. With only ten minutes left on the clock, Barros scored once and Cacho scored three more times.
“We were losing and then we got it back,” Cacho said. “This team was amazing. I’m speechless.”
North freshman goalkeeper Jozef Pineda of Snowden was also a standout and blocked many of the South’s shots on goal.
Latin Academy coach Denis Allen led the South while Brighton’s Adrian Kawuba, who was honored to be a coach of the year and to have had the star of the all-star game this season, coached the North.
“Both teams played hard and they’re all here for a reason,” Kawuba said. “It was tough in the beginning but Cacho got us back in the game, which was nice to see since he’s one of my players.”
“This city has a lot of unbelievable talent and it was great for Boston to showcase it tonight.”
The girls teams showed off plenty of skill as well, but there was no stopping the North.
The first half almost went scoreless until New Mission senior forward Bonnie Ramos sent the ball soaring into the middle of the goal with four minutes left.
The North came back even harder in the second as Madison Park senior forward Dulcelina Tavares scored in the first two minutes off of an impressive assist from East Boston senior forward Ruth Rivas.
“It felt so good to win,” Tavares said. “I’m a senior so I was excited to get picked as an all star and represent Madison Park.”
Ramos had another goal in the middle of the second half and Brighton senior striker Emma Lama capped off the game after a goal with eight minutes left.
Latin Academy senior forward Virginia McCaughey and Charlestown senior forward Sara Centeio were impressive on offense but couldn’t pull off a goal against Latin Academy sophomore keeper Sandra Seone-Serri.
North coach Richard La Cara of the East Boston girls soccer team is no stranger to victory as the Jets won the city championships this year.
“It was nice to win,” La Cara said. “We strive to have fun but I think winning is more fun than losing and we’re very pleased to have won.”
“My hat goes off to the other coaches who have limited resources and are still able to field competitive teams.”
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