Things are looking good for coach Tim Lavin and the Dorchester boys’ soccer team so far this year.
Right now they post an 8-0-1 record and are vying for top dog in the City League with Madison Park, a team they tied two weeks ago, 1-1.
And after an 8-1 victory over English Monday afternoon, the Bear’s are eyeing that city championship.
“We haven’t made it to cities’ since I’ve been here,” coach Tim Lavin said. “So we’ve always been building the program and just trying to improve each year. As a team one of our goals this year is to qualify for cities’, and hopefully to win it.”
Based on his Bear’s well-rounded assault on English, a city championship could very well be in the making. The Bear’s scored three goals in the first three minutes of the game and had six different players score on the day.
“We have a nice group of players who’ve been playing for three or four years,” Lavin said. “So they’ve really had the chance to grow in the program. We’ve still got some players that were with us as freshman that are now seniors, so they definitely use that experience.”
This is Lavin’s tenth season as the Bears coach, and he’s definitely done a good job reaching his players as one of the longer lasting city coaches.
“Coach Lavin’s the coolest coach I’ve ever had,” senior defender Heroldy Limage said. “He’s a great coach.”
Limage also attributed this Bear’s squad’s positive attitude to their success so far.
“We’re more committed,” he said. “Over the summer people started to come and work out in preparation for the season. Plus everyone’s keeping their grades up, which is something we had problems with last year.”
The Bear’s have a study hall session every Wednesday where the players can go and seek help if needed.
On the field, they’re also averaging almost five goals a game this season, while only giving up on average one.
When asked about that thriller against Madison, Limage cited the competition between both teams as excitable.
“That game (against Madison Park) was the hardest for us so far,” he said. “We were up one at the half, but came out flat and they tied it. But we haven’t forgot that one.”
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