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Late goal gets St. John’s Prep past Masconomet 2-1 in Division 1 North boys soccer semifinals

Eagles rush to celebrate D1 North semifinals win over top-seed Masconomet.

Keyon Olia (10) and Mike Ennis (8) make a late run

(Lynn) St. John’s Prep scored with just over four minutes left in regulation and defeated Masconomet, 2-1, in Division 1 North boys semifinals soccer on Friday afternoon/evening at Manning Field in Lynn.

Senior Bruce Ocko tallied the game-winner converting a loose ball in front of the Masco net assisted by Lev Kazelyan.

The Eagles will now face Somerville (19-0-2) at Manning Field on Sunday at noon for the D1 North title.

Top-seed Masco (18-1-2) had not lost a game since last November’s, 2-1, D1 state title setback to Ludlow.

#4 seed St. John’s (17-1-2) had the speed to match Masco and the upper hand in total corner kicks, direct kicks, and offensive end throw-ins.  (I don’t believe that the Cape Ann League champs had seen the kind of pressure the Eagles put on during their twenty-game unbeaten streak.)

Adam Grammer (7) shoots over Eagle GK Ben Alpern

The Chieftains came close to getting more goals a couple of times: Jack Heintzelman hit the crossbar near the end of the first half and Adam Grammer sped in on the left and narrowly missed wide right halfway into the second half.

Junior Matt Chilton set up teammate Nate Schmidt for the first Eagle score at 20:44.  Matt broke open down the left sidelines and had time to look up, sight Nate surging down the middle, and get a pass to Nate that he could head into the net to GK Derek Grammer’s left.

It wasn’t a minute later that Masco responded with a goal to tie the game.  The goal was off of a Chip Sherman corner kick. Chip’s kick resulted in a loose ball in front and Jack Heintzelman drove it home.

As the rest of the half was played out and much of the second half went by, I suspected that this game would require overtime.  But St. John’s had the better chances and made one pay off avoiding overtime.

Very impressed with senior Bruce Ocko.  Not just because he scored the winning goal.  Most of the game he was part of the last line of Eagle defense.  He also launched several direct kicks and throw-ins into the scoring area in front of the Masco net.

Chip Sherman goes down but does not draw a penalty.

Last look at Masco’s Chip Sherman.  The senior has been recruited by division one Sienna.  Last year I saw Chip draw a penalty in a tourney game at Manning Field and then collect the PK for the game winner.  Chip tried to draw a penalty kick late in this game but the referee treated Chip’s effort as a dive and ignored it.

Tough loss for the Chieftains who surely hoped for another chance at a D1 state title.  With eleven prominent seniors on the 2012 squad, it may be a while before they’ll challenge again.  But we shall see on that one.

Masco had given up just four goals all season.  To see them give up two in one game was a big surprise.

St. John’s Prep has won the Catholic Conference three straight years.

Manning Field is a terrific venue for soccer.  Plenty of seats and parking.  Great sightlines.  Nice turf surface.

(All of the pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Eagle goalie Ben Alpern

Bruce Ocko (2) gets congratulated on game winner

Nate Schmidt (17) and Alex Gikas (14) chase a loose ball in front of the Masco net

Matt Chilton (14) prepares to set up teammate Nate Schmidt for the first Eagle goal.

Jack Heintzelmans shot rolls into Eagle net

Masco GK Derek Grammer saves

Brooks Clark lines up a shot

Eagle GK Ben Alpern jumps to make a save.

Bruce Ocko (2) cuts off Mike Ennis (8)

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Top-seed Masco gets easy win over East Boston, 3-0, in North Division 1 boys soccer quarterfinals

Keyon Olia (10) set up nicely by Chip Sherman for first Masco goal.

Chip Sherman (he had two assists) heads toward the Jets goal.

(Topsfield)  Now let’s get down to some serious soccer!

#1 seed Masconomet made easy work of the visiting East Boston Jets, 3-0, on a sunny Tuesday afternoon and moved on to a Thursday night matchup with #3 seed St. John’s Prep.

That Division 1 North semifinal contest (7:30PM at Manning Field in Lynn) on Thursday should be special.  The Prep is 16-1-2 (only loss to Weymouth on September 29th) and rated 3rd in the Boston Globe Top 20 teams. Masco (18-0-2) is rated #1 by the Globe.  The Chieftains last loss was in the Division 1 state finals to Ludlow.

But you’re reading this to find out about the Eastie/Masco game………sorry for the digression.

The Chieftains got a quick start in this Division 1 quarterfinal match by scoring (Keyon Olia) in the first 1 ½ minutes. The home team went on to kept the pressure on the #9 seed most of the game.

Chip Sherman earned the assist on the first goal with a terrific pass from the right into the middle where Keyon had time to line up a hard shot.

The Jets had a few shots toward Masco GK John Black but they were either long direct kicks or grounders.

Masco, on the other hand, came close often in both halves.  Their willingness to pass the ball, even when they were in close, set up countless near-misses from the front of the Eastie net.

Freshman goalie Edwin Avelar robbed Alex Gikas from point blank in front early in the second half.

Colby Farmer drills the second Chieftain goal.

One save that Edwin couldn’t make was off a shot from just inside the box by Masco’s Colby Farmer late in the first half.  Edwin had a very good look at the shot coming in, but at the last second teammate Eddy Umanzor slide across in front of him and deflected Colby’s shot inside the near post.  This gave the home team a 2-0 lead.

Chip Sherman earned his second assist in the second half on Goal #3.  Masco’s Max Craig was taken down near the box and Chip took the direct kick that resulted.  Instead of blasting a shot toward the goal, the Cape League Player of the Year fed teammate Adam Grammer all alone in close.  Adam had time to fake at least one shot before netting a score with seven minutes left.

Edwin Avelar makes a save for East Boston.

Despite the loss, Eastie displayed some impressive dribbling skills. They forced a lot of defensive misses going east to west.  Going north to south was much harder.  Masco’s fresh legs (they substituted frequently) gave Eastie few runs of any length.

Masconomet looked awfully good in this one.  Their positioning prevented East Boston from putting consecutive passes together.  And the Masco passing helped them buy control-time no matter what part of the field they were in.

Let’s see how they do against a very good St. John’s team.

I never can quite understand why schools don’t make rosters available especially during tournament games.  I ended up getting the Eastie roster from their coach.  I got the Masco roster because the parent of a player was willing to go across the field at halftime to get it for me.  (Thanks, by the way!)

A good crowd of Masco supporters attended.

I wonder if we’ll remember the result of this game or the Presidential election result longer.

(All of the pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Eddy Umanzor (13) moves in to stop Paul Criscione in the second half.

Mike Ennis (8) breaks in

Mike Ennis escapes

Adam Grammer contests Ben Lara (4) in the air.

Masco goalie John Black takes in a long Eastie shot.

Paul Criscione

Adam Grammer (scored 3rd goal) sees an opening

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Chip Sherman’s Penalty Kick in 2nd Overtime Sends Masconomet Past Medford in Division 1 North Semi-Finals Boys Soccer

(Lynn) It took penalty kicks for Masconomet to get past Acton-Boxborough in the quarter-finals and it took a Chip Sherman penalty kick in the second overtime to oust Medford in the semi-finals on Friday morning at Manning Field in Division 1 North boys soccer.

#6 Masco (15-3-3) will face #16 Billerica (12-5-6) in the D1 North finals at noon back at Manning Field.

Let my pictures and captions take you through what happened two minutes into the second overtime to end the scoreless tie.

Chip Sherman cuts back on defenders Gilbert Simas and Matheus Anastacio and heads for loose ball.

Chip Sherman, with ball on right foot, breaks in on commited goalie Bryan Peguero as the referee gets a clear view of the action.

Chip Sherman (6) shifts ball to left foot as goalie Bryan Peguero trips him.

Chip Sherman sets up for PK as Medford players question the referee.

Chip Sherman (6) moves in on penalty kick.

Masco players rush to their fans with Bryan Peguero down in foreground.

John Dumbuya – Mustang scoring threat

A very important part of the Chieftain victory was the way that Wes Shrewsbury marked John Dumbuya of Medford.  In the Mustangs two wins in the tournament and in games during the Greater Boston League season, the talented senior has gotten past multiple defenders for goals.  In this one, he got loose at the six-minute mark of the first half, dribbled into the middle and struck a shot that may have put a dent in the top crossbar over Masco goalie Derek Grammer’s head.  At that point, I began to figure John for a goal or two before the game ended………but that didn’t happen.  Wes Shrewsbury defended better thereafter, not letting John ever get into a shooting position the rest of the way.

Keeyon Olia of Masco had a golden chance in the first half.  He had lots of net to shoot at from the left.

Medford coach Mike Petrides claimed afterwards that Chip had taken a dive on the OT penalty call and that the referee should have let it go.  However, in my picture the referee has a very good look at the play.  Bryan Peguero was down and out and Chip had shifted the ball to his left foot just about to shoot at an open net.  Bryan had no choice but to take out Chip’s right leg to trip him and at least temporarily prevent the goal.

In the penalty-shots round versus Acton-Boxborough, Chip was the Chieftains’ first shooter.

The Mustangs had many good players.  The thing I noticed especially were their defenders.  They didn’t panic to pressure and used teammates.  On the other end, I was surprised that big threat John Dumbuya wasn’t in the middle of the field more.  He might have lost Wes Shrewsbury in traffic occasionally or at least drawn some direct kicks.  Instead, John camped out on the right wing waiting for the action to come to him making it easier for Wes to deny him the ball.

Derek Grammer (green shirt) first half save

Masco goalie Derek Grammer made several saves in traffic during regulation.

Medford coach Mike Petrides was let go from coaching this past April but was reinstated late in July after significant support from players and parents came forward.

I rode to this 10AM game in rain which didn’t last.  The sun came out during the game and a crosswind persisted throughout toward the spectator’s grandstand.

Manning Field is an excellent spot for tournament soccer.  There is plenty of parking, seats, bathrooms, and pizza.

(I collect my own information and take my own pictures.  I apologize in advance for any errors.)

The pictures in this entry will all enlarge when you click on them.

Jameson Semerzier (4) & Chip Sherman (6)

Keeyon Olia (9) open net chance

Adam Grammer (1) & Masco coach Dave Mitchell (red stripe)

John Dumbuya (11) and Wes Shrewsbury (10)

Tighe VanLenten (11) heads over Erik Baptiste (9)

Derek Grammer

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