The stages are set for Wednesday’s City League soccer championships. And they're sure to be exciting.
After impressive comebacks in their semifinal games, East Boston and O'Bryant will face off at Madison Park at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“We knew whoever we were going to play that it’ll be a tough game,” East Boston coach Richard LaCara said after Monday’s 2-1 win over New Mission. East Boston was down, 1-0, at the half until sophomore forward Vanessa Mejia’s two-second half goals propelled the Jets to victory.
The Jets will be facing an O’Bryant team that, despite being the fourth seed, pulled off an astounding comeback in the semifinals to defeat top-seeded Latin Academy, 3-2, Monday.
“We lost to East Boston earlier in the year, 5-1,” O’Bryant coach Jason Joseph said Tuesday. “But we’ll use this practice to tie up some loose ends in preparation.”
O’Bryant was down, 2-1, with less than a minute remaining when Keena Nicholas scored to send it into overtime, and then she scored again in overtime to clinch a championship berth.
Top-seeded Dorchester will play second-seeded Madison Park Wednesday at English High at 3:30 p.m.
The teams dominated the City League this year. They had no league losses, playing to a 1-1 tie when they faced each other in late September.
“My guys are excited,” Madison Park coach Joao Gomes said. “They’re also mindful that Dorchester’s a great team. They can pass, run, and score really well. We’ll have to bring our best come tomorrow afternoon.”
Gome’s Cardinals beat East Boston, 2-1, in a close semifinal Monday afternoon at White Stadium. Madison Park’s defense kept the Jets at bay all afternoon.
Dorchester beat Burke, 3-0, in its semifinal at English Monday afternoon to set up this anticipated rematch. Burke and Dorchester entered the half tied at 0-0, but goals from Merveil Meyitang, Roberson Cevat, and Sauvilet Cine gave Dorchester the 3-0 win.
There is sure to be top-notch soccer played when these two well-coached powerhouses clash Wednesday. And both coaches know it.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Madison Park and their soccer program,” Dorchester coach Tim Lavin said. “They have been one of the top teams in the city over the years. We just are focusing on playing our game and competing to the best of our ability tomorrow.”
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