Down two goals at halftime, host Medford battled back to tie third-ranked Somerville, 2-2, in a boys’ soccer match featuring last season’s Greater Boston League co-champions at Edgerly Field Friday afternoon.
The No. 17-ranked Mustangs (1-0-2) earned a corner kick with 14 minutes to play and with a swarm of white Medford jerseys stacking the box, Nilton Bedoni delivered a perfect ball from the left side that curved into the far top corner of the net.
“The wind was going that way and I thought that I could curve it in,” said Bedoni. “I was very excited. That was nice.”
The Highlanders (0-0-1) gained an early advantage when the referee missed an offside call that allowed Thayrone Miranda to score without a challenge 15 minutes into the game. Miranda also assisted on Somerville’s second goal, scored by Francisco Fernandes Neto.
“We haven’t played in a while,” said Somerville coach George Scarpelli. “Maybe [the team was] a little rusty because they hadn’t seen game action. But you got to expect to be better than that.”
Medford got on the board 16 minutes into the second half when Matheus Anastacio released a booming long ball on a set piece from midfield that Jonathan Pires headed past Somerville goalie Luis Guerra (five saves).
“That’s a typical Medford-Somerville game,” said Medford coach Mike Petrides. “It shows the resilience that our team has. To stick together and come back and fight from a 2-0 deficit, that’s huge, especially against a team as good as they are.”
Apponequet 2, Seekonk 1 — The Lakers rallied for two second-half goals, the winner coming with five minutes left on a left-footed shot from Matt Lizotte.
Cohasset 2, Rockland 1 — Cohasset (5-0) jumped in front early on first-half goals by Conor Geotz and Joe Buckley.
Sharon 4, Stoughton 0 — Captain Ian Beach scored two goals to help the Eagles improve to 4-0 for the first time in 19 years.
Greater New Bedford 2, Dighton-Rehoboth 1 — Tori Vargas and Sydney Mata scored, helping the Bears beat the Falcons for the first time ever.
Plymouth North 4, Natick 2 — Senior forward Madison Finlay scored all four goals for the Blue Eagles (4-0).
Whitman-Hanson 1, Silver Lake 0 — Alyssa Eaton scored the winner on a penalty shot.
Masconomet 10, Triton 0 — Belle Ives managed a hat trick for the Chieftains (4-0).
Westford 4, Newton South 0 — Allia Connolly scored three goals in the first 25 minutes for the Grey Ghosts (2-2-1).
Case 4, Fairhaven 1 — Junior Steven McCarthy recorded his first career hat trick, helping the Cardinals (1-2) to their first victory.
Manchester Essex 1, Ipswich 0 — Junior Anna Heffernan scored the lone goal for the Hornets (5-0).
Wellesley 94, Newton North 92 — Junior Kendra Ganley set a school record for the Raiders, winning the 100 fly in 1:03.83.
Central Catholic 3, Methuen 0 — Amanda Williams (12 kills), Olivia Imprescia (18 assists), Michelle Bouchard (21 digs), and Jenny Barker (13 aces) earned the Raiders the sweep, 25-20, 25-13, 25-17.