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Dorchester's improbable ride ends with semifinal loss to Masconomet

Posted by Justin Rice  November 8, 2013 07:09 PM

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Dorchester's Saadiq Abubakar (above) logged an assist on Roberson Cevat's first-half goal but the Bears lost, 3-1, to Masconomet in the Division 2 North semifinals Friday at Woburn High.(Billy Owens / For the Globe)

WOBURN — The Dorchester High boys’ soccer team reached uncharted waters Friday.

But after making the Division 2 North semifinals for the first time in coach Tim Lavin’s decade-long tenure, the Bears fell, 3-1, to Masconomet (21-1-1) at Woburn High.

The No. 2-seeded Bears (17-1-2) also made it to the city tournament this year for the first time in Lavin’s tenure, losing, 2-0, to Madison Park in the championship game.

“It was a great season,” Lavin said. “We went farther in the state tournament than we have in my tenure of 10 years. But we weren’t happy to just be in the semifinals. We wanted more. That's why you play the games.

"We’re disappointed, but credit to Masco. They’re a strong team, and when we made mistakes, they made us pay for them.”

After a 1-1 tie at the half, Masconomet went ahead at the 36:56 mark of the second half when senior midfielder Paul Criscione put back a shot at point-blank range that rebounded off the chest of Dorchester goalkeeper Heroldens Limage.

The Chieftains got on the board first on their second consecutive corner kick from the left side. Senior midfielder Jack Heintzelman drilled a ball to the center of the box before senior midfielder Adam Grammer headed it in at the 26:57 mark.

Dorchester tied the game, 1-1, at the 15:25 mark when senior midfielder Saadiq Abubakar put a soft pass just in front of the right post that looked like it would trickle out of bounds. But senior forward Roberson Cevat reached it just in time to knock it past senior goalkeeper Willie Stewart.

“After I scored, we thought we were going to win the game,” Cevat said. “They were kind of tall and we just freaked out and that’s what happened.”

With 8:09 left, Grammar was awarded a penalty kick that Limage saved by diving to his left. Grammar was awarded the PK after a Dorchester player was given a red card for accidentally blocking Grammar’s shot with his hand.

But the Chieftains iced the game with their final goal at the 5:31 mark when senior striker Edison Forbes put away a ball on a counterattack.

Known for scoring goals in bunches this season, Dorchester’s offense dried up on Friday night. Dorchester beat Reading, 7-1, in the first round before beating Lynn Classical, 4-0, in the quarterfinals to advance to Friday’s game.

“We created some opportunities, they did a nice job defensively to limit us,” Lavin said. “In other games, we were able to create more opportunities and capitalize. Tonight they did a good job limiting us on those.”

But Lavin was happy to see his team get the first goal back going into halftime.

“For us in every game, win or lose, we play hard the whole time,” Lavin said. “We could have put our head down, Masco’s a great team, but we got back into it. We just in the second half put ourselves in a hole we couldn’t dig out of.”

And even though he’s graduating 12 seniors who have gone to the state tournament four consecutive seasons, Lavin is optimistic that this year is the turning point for his program.

“This has been a really exciting campaign, going to the city championships and winning in the state tournament. This is their fourth year in a row in the state tournament, but [first] advancing [deep] in the tournament.

“So, a lot of milestones for this season for the program and we’re hoping to build on it. We are graduating a lot of seniors so we lose a lot of experience but I think the underclassmen who have been along for the ride … we’ll be able to utilize that experience and energy from this season.”

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public School athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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