Ea­gles break through against county ri­val

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

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.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

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