Eagles break through against county rival
CAMBRIDGE — North Dorchester High’s boys’ soccer team avoided a winless regular season Tuesday with a 5-3 victory over Cambridge-South Dorchester at Viking Stadium.
Fernando Sanchez paced the Eagles (1-11 overall, 1-7 North Bayside) with two goals. Underclassmen Erick Velasquez, William Lloyd and Garrett Walker each added goals for North Dorchester. The Eagles’ offensive power outlasted a three-goal game by Vikings striker Jonathon Knox.
“It is great to see everything come together tonight for a victory,” North Dorchester head coach Daniel Glynn said. “We made a lot of plays on offense when we needed them, and made a lot of plays on defense when we needed them.”
The Vikings (1-11, 0-8) controlled the pace early in the first half, generating four scoring chances by the 12th minute.
Knox found the ball on his foot during a breakaway in the 12th minute when he was taken down in the box, earning a penalty kick. Knox buried the shot to give Cambridge-SD a 1-0 lead.
Glynn countered the CSD momentum by subbing in Velasquez, a move that generated immediate scoring chances.
In the 15th minute, Ben Johnson’s lead pass helped Velasquez find daylight for the tying the score at 1-1.
“In the first half, I subbed in Erick, and he is our spark off the bench,” Glynn said. “That ignited our offense.”
Midfielder Devon Tyler nearly gave the Eagles the lead in the 24th minute when his drive from outside the goal box sailed just over the crossbar.
North Dorchester took a 2-1 lead in the 26th minute when Sanchez booted a long ball over the Viking defense out in front of Lloyd who connected with a header for a goal.
Sanchez increased the lead to 3-1 in the 37th minute after he was awarded a penalty kick. Sanchez’s initial shot was stopped by a diving Kane Swartz (12 saves), but the rebound came back to Sanchez, who buried it into the net for the goal.
“We always practice crashing the net, and he was able to get the rebound and score for us,” Glynn said. “That was a big goal for us.”
Cambridge-SD gained some momentum in the final seconds of the first half when the Eagles could not clear, and Knox scored to cut the lead to 3-2.
The Vikings continued to press when the second half began, controlling the possession in their offensive end. T.J. Myrick’s blast in the 56th minute went wide.
North Dorchester countered by driving deep near the goal. A drive by Sanchez earned him another penalty kick when he got fouled in the 59th minute. This time, Sanchez scored on the first attempt to increase the lead to 4-2.
From there, the Vikings increased the offensive pressure, peppering Eagle goalkeeper Marquise Parker.
Cambridge-SD’s Alex Wright chipped a shot over Parker in the 62nd minute, but the shot hit the left post and was cleared by an Eagle defender to preserve the two-goal lead.
Knox, though, brought the Vikings within one again with a goal in the 65th minute.
Parker would not let the Vikings get any closer, making seven saves in the final 13 minutes. Three times, Parker made leaping catches off corner kicks in traffic.
“Marquess, this is his second year playing goalie, and he really has improved during the season,” Glynn said. “He has put in a lot of work, and it certainly showed tonight. He is doing a great job for us.”
With time running out, Walker iced the game for North Dorchester with a goal off of a cross from Tyler for a 5-3 lead.
“Garrett is a hard worker, and he got rewarded tonight for it,” Glynn said. “We are really happy to see him score tonight.”
After Cambridge-SD goalie Kane Swartz made a save on a penalty kick, North Dorchester’s Fernando Sanchez scored on the rebound on Tuesday night.
North Dorchester’s Fernando Sanchez drives to the net against Cambridge-South Dorchester Tuesday, Oct. 17.
North Dorchester’s Devin Lord drives down the sideline against Cambridge-South Dorchester Tuesday, Oct. 17.
North Dorchester’s Garrett Walker, middle, gets hugs from William Lamuth (19) and Fernando Sanchez after Walker scored a goal against Cambridge-South Dorchester Tuesday, Oct. 17.
North Dorchester’s Devon Tyler fires a shot against CambridgeSouth Dorchester Tuesday, Oct. 17.