Brock­ton kicks out Prep

Boston Herald - - NHL / NBA SCOREBOARD / RACING - By GREG DUDEK and BRIAN FABRY

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.

Di­vi­sion 2

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.”

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