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Week 1: Three games to watch in BPS boys' soccer

Posted by Ryan Butler  September 9, 2013 11:31 AM

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West Roxbury (0-0) vs. South Boston (0-0) at South Boston, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday

Following a disappointing 2-9 league record last season, West Roxbury looks to start off on the right foot when it visits a South Boston team that also struggled last season, posting a 3-11 league record.

According to both coaches, each team has new players that have adapted well in the preseason. South Boston has some new speed, while West Roxbury will feature a more compact and defensive style of soccer.

This one should be a great game, showcasing the new faces of both squads.

Brighton (0-0) vs. Snowden (0-0) at White Stadium, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday

Brighton will try to pick up where it left off last season, when it logged a league record of 11-5, fourth best in the city.

To do so, it must defeat a Snowden team that struggled last season at 3-13 in the league, but did so with a team that was more than 75 percent freshmen. With a core group of young talent returning, the Cougars may be able to steadily improve and become contenders.

Boston International (0-0) vs. Latin Academy (0-0) at White Stadium, 3:30 p.m. Thursday

This game will definitely be a great one to watch.

Boston International is coming off a 14-3 season -- second-best record in the league -- before losing to Madison Park, 2-1, in the Boston City League championship.

International averaged the most goals last season with 5.0 per game, while a defensive-oriented Latin Academy squad allowed only 1.5 goals per outing while going 5-7-1..

Expect this game to be offense versus defense as each team will showcase just how much improvement each offseason has had on each team.

Ryan M. Butler covers Boston Public School athletics. He can be reached at butler.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @butler_globe or @BPSspts.

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