Even though Madison Park’s girls’ soccer team is clearly rebuilding with eight players who have never played the game before, O’Bryant still enjoyed beating its campus rival on Monday afternoon on the field they share.
“It’s always nice to beat Madison, they’re right next door,” senior midfielder Yonetta Harris said after scoring a goal in the 8-1 victory. “It feels good. On the morning announcements they’ll be like ‘O’Bryant beat Madison 8-1.’ It’s awesome.
“We have a lot of new girls too. We’re starting off fresh. We have a bunch of seventh and eighth graders too.”
O’Bryant (5-3-1) took a 3-0 lead into halftime thanks to goals by sophomore forward Keena Nicholas, freshman midfielder Caroline Adduci, and eighth-grade forward Kiara Farias In the second half Harris scored the first goal before Nicholas scored her second goal and junior midfielder Irgisola Budo scored her first goal.
The Tigers’ final two goals were scored by freshman forward Esther Saint Fort in the 27th and 31st minute respectively.
“It’s awesome, I’m so excited,” Saint Fort said. “I’m excited to be on the team and I hope we go to cities and win.”
Madison Park (1-6) finally got a goal back in the 34th minute when sophomore Cecilia Pires scored on a penalty kick.
“It’s good for them to score and feel like they’ve accomplished something, but hey, we’ll get better,” Madison Park coach Adelina da Silva said. “[The loss] doesn’t demoralize them because they know that most of the players are new. For me I’m getting used to it. We’ve always been on the top.”
She also downplayed the rivalry with O’Bryant, saying they traditionally have a bigger rivalry with Burke because both schools tend to have more Cape Verdean players.
“With O’Bryant we take it because we’ve been neighbors for a while and we used to practice together,” she said. “There’s not that big rivalry.
“These kids don’t have a rivalry yet with anyone because they just started.”
O’Bryant coach Jason Joseph said he’s worried that all the goals his team scored on Monday will get to the players' heads.
“I think it helps individually, individually it help the girls’ confidence more than anything else but as a team it doesn’t necessarily build confidence,” he said. “It’s sort of overconfidence when you’re beating up on a team that’s down a little bit.
“We don’t really like to do that but we had the first line and second line and third line scoring goals so it’s good to get those girls in and play and get their confidence up.”
Last year O’Bryant lost to Latin Academy in the semifinals of the city championships. This year it tied Latin Academy.
“That game was awesome, it’s different playing BLA and East Boston because of the intensity level and aggression,” said Harris, who was a freshman when the team won the city championships in 2010. “But other than that we have fun playing them. I think we need to have fun more often instead of being so serious and so hard on ourselves.
"I hope and pray we can get another city championships. We haven’t gotten one since my freshman year. It’s really hard trying to redevelop a team. Other than that I think we got it. We have to work together.”
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