Brockton kicks out Prep
STATE BOYS SOCCER
It seemed Brockton and St. John’s Prep were destined for overtime, but one whistle changed those plans. The Boxers were rewarded a penalty kick in the 73rd minute, and Odair Monteiro converted to give host Brockton a 2-1 victory against St. John’s Prep in the Division 1 state semifinal last night.
Brockton (20-1-2) advances to its first state final, where it will face the winner of Marlboro vs. Longmeadow.
“This is history for Brockton,” Boxers coach Herminio Furtado said. “It’s not over. We have one more to go, and we have no doubt.”
The Prep (19-1-3) were issued three yellow cards.
“It was a very physical game, and I don’t think we got any help from the officials,” Prep coach David Crowell said. “Brockton’s a heck of a team. I thought my kids played great. I’m so proud of the way they played in the second half. Total phantom call on the penalty (kick).”
Brockton opened the scoring in the 27th minute on a goal from Leonardo Teixeira before the Eagles tied it in the 59th minute on a Brian Brennan goal. Goalie Christian Buckley played solidly for the Eagles making 12 saves.
Oliver Ames 3, Pembroke 0 — Oliver Ames just took a break in 2016 but now is right back where it belongs.
The 2015 EMass champions skipped last year but secured their third Division 2 South title in four years by beating Pembroke at Taunton High.
Oliver Ames (15-2-4) advances to face North champ Concord-Carlisle, for the Div. 2 Eastern Mass title on Saturday.
“It’s a great senior group, and I’ve been with them since kindergarten,” Oliver Ames head coach John Barata said. “It’s a nice bond to have. It’s very nice to be with these kids for 12 years and now see them succeed and hold their own title up and not with other senior groups.”
The No. 4 seeded Tigers made their frenzied faithful wait until the final seconds of the first half to open the scoring. Senior Jack Sheldon’s corner kick was headed home by senior captain Nathaniel Cardoza inside the left post in the 39th minute.
Pembroke (13-4-5) started the second half sending multiple defenders at Cardoza to limit the dynamic scorer, but Matthew Alvarado hit a left-footed blast to make it 2-0 in the 71st minute, and less than two minutes later, Mike Nikicuik put it away off a James Gillespie rebound.
“We should have opened up the game much earlier, but (Pembroke) made it a battle,” Barata added. “We knew it was going to be a contest when you are playing against any team in a final, but we should have opened up the scoring much earlier and much more frequent.”