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Masconomet uses home-field advantage to oust Winchester 4-1 in D2 North q’finals

Matt Dzwil and Aedan Salvador realize that the first goal has just been scored

Joe Clark slides down and Josh Rubin (44) keeps going

(Boxford MA) Slip, sliding away.

Plenty of bad footing for both teams at Masco this rainy/sloshy afternoon but the Chieftains were used to it.

In fact, the #2 seed in Division 2 North chose to play on their grass field when they could have opted for a turf location.

Visiting Winchester was slow to acclimate to the uncertain surface and fell, 4-1, on Tuesday afternoon in the D2 North quarterfinals.

Winchester GK Francisco Lara saves in traffic

Matt Dzwil, Josh Rubin, Harry Kessel, and Matt O’Brien scored for Masconomet.  Aras Kaya tallied for Winchester.

Masco will now face #3 Concord-Carlisle on Friday night (6PM) at Woburn High School.

“Masco is very, very good,” said Sachems coach Vin Musto afterwards.  “They don’t have any holes.  We knew it would be a tough battle.”

The conditions, rain and mud, certainly affected Winchester.  “It was a tough place for us to play,” Coach Musto added.  “We like to keep the ball on the ground, possess, and connect passes.”

The Chieftains had two goals in the first half as Winchester tried to navigate through the worst of the field’s mud down the other end.

Harry Warshafsky (10) heads against James Kingston (7)

“We weren’t affected by the conditions and they were a bit,” explained Masco coach Jared Scarpaci.  “We capitalized because you can move the ball in this if you’re not afraid of it.  They were a little cautious.”

The Sachems (11-6-3) were a different team in the second half.  “We started to use the wings more because Masco is huge in the middle,” said Coach Musto.  “We attacked the wings.  We got behind them, and we had our chances.  We just didn’t capitalize.”

Credit Masco goalie Zach Rock. Three times in the final fifteen minutes of the second half the Sachems had golden chances.  “We had them on the ropes,” said Coach Musto.

Defender Harry Warshafsky: “Zach has been strong for us all year.  Our starting goalie (Mike Duest) went down with a concussion earlier in the year.  Zach stepped up and has been great.  He did the same thing last year in the states.  He continues to amaze us every day.”

Both teams had good chances to score.  “We play a formation that gives a lot of offense,” explained Coach Scarpaci.  “But at times we sacrifice some defense which can be risky.  Today it worked in our favor.”

Matt Dzwil scored first eighteen minutes into the game.  Josh Rubin had a corner kick and the ball caromed back to him.  He avoided one defender and put a high shot at the far post.  Both Matt Dzwil and teammate Aedan Salvador were on that post, but it was Matt doing the finishing.

Josh Rubin (44) lines up a shot as Will Rappole (5) comes to defend

Eleven minutes later Josh Rubin was in the box with several teammates during a throw in.  “We crashed the net and I was in the right place at the right time to put it in,” said Josh describing his part in Masco’s second goal.

Winchester called a timeout and I heard Coach Musto yell, “They don’t get a third goal!”  The team got the message.

The Sachems made adjustments at halftime that made them more of a threat to score.

“We felt in the second half that a third goal was going to be needed to stun the momentum if they got a first one,” said Coach Scarpaci.

Senior Harry Kessel took care of that.

Aedan Salvador found Harry to his left uncovered and set him up for a good look twelve minutes into the second half.  Harry’s goal put the Chieftains ahead 3-0.

Harry Kessel (7) shoots past Nate MacDonald notching Masco’s 3rd goal

Six minutes later the team from the Middlesex League got a goal.  It came off a direct kick by Will Hofheinz.  Aras Kaya turned that DK into a quick shot to the near side.

The next ten minutes Winchester knocked at the scoring door several times but GK Zach Rock kept them off the scoreboard.

“Zach had two that should have been goals,” said Coach Scarpaci.  “A good goalie has to make one or two saves like that to keep you alive and in it.  Zach did that today for us.”

Josh Rubin: “Zach saved us for sure.  One of their chances was a breakaway.”

Masco’s 4th goal, scored in the last minute, fortunately didn’t decide the game.  Matt O’Brien sent a 35-yard shot toward Winchester GK Francisco Lara.  Looked harmless enough.  Francisco came out to catch it on the fly and was victimized by the footing.  Down he went, and Matt’s shot sailed into the net.

Matt O’Brien shoots

Francisco Lara slips and a harmless shot goes in

Masco goalie Zach Rock at halftime

Masconomet (17-2-2) is undefeated in their last seventeen games.  They haven’t lost since September 12th.  One of the teams they lost to (North Andover) is the #1 seed in D2 North.  Those two could meet in the D2 North finals next Monday.

The numbers don’t lie.  Masco has a very good soccer program.  Since 2012, the team from Boxford is 113-16-9.

Winchester lost to Masco in the D2 North semifinals in 2016.

College plans?

Josh Rubin: “I have applied for early-decision to Colby.  I would like to play soccer there. I am really interested in doing something related to math.”

Harry Warshafsky: “I am not planning on playing soccer in college.  I am interested in business.  I have taken some business classes here at Masco and loved them.  I am interested in attending Syracuse, UMass, or possibly George Washington where my sister goes.”

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

Aedan Salvador (11) about to set up teammate Harry Kessel (7)

Aras Kaya (17) scored for Winchester

Coach Jared Scarpaci

Devin Ralph (6) turns the corner

Harry Kessel (7) celebrates goal with Aedan Salvador and Josh Rubin

John DeOliveira

Josh Rubin (44) leaps to avoid the sliding tackle of Sony Bizure (11)

Loose ball in the box

Masco captains – Josh Rubin, Matt Dzwil, Connor Fitzgerald

Nate MacDonald (4) between Matt O’Brien (12) and Aedan Salvador (11)

Pressure in the Masco end

Masco mud

 

 

 

 

 

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Lynnfield stuns Masco with 2-2 tie in Cape Ann League boys soccer

Devin Ralph, David Gentile (22) and Pioneers keeper Jack Campbell

David Gentile (22) above the crowd

(Boxford MA) Those who saw this coming are part of the same (very) small group that expected David Price to pitch so well against Houston.

Lynnfield gained a 2-2 tie with Masco this afternoon at Masco.

Surprising?  You bet!

When it comes to Cape Ann League opponents, Masco doesn’t lose.  Happened only once in the last 102 matches against CAL teams.  That’s no typo!

Tom Buston gets high fives from teammate Jon Luders after tying the game in the second half

There had been six ties.  Make that seven after today.

Back to the improbability of these teams tying.  The Chieftains earlier this season had defeated the Pioneers, on their field, 5-1.

“The difference today was that in the first half we managed to get out, 1-1,” explained Lynnfield coach Brent Munroe afterwards.

Understand that the Masco soccer field clearly has its good end and its bad end.  Defending the “bad” end involves looking directly into the sun, facing the wind, and being noticeably downhill.

Connor Fitzgerald lines up a free kick late in the game

“They had those advantages in the first half and we came out with a tie,” added Coach Munroe.  “We had the advantages in the second half and although we didn’t outplay them we were closer to even.”

Masco broke the 1-1 tie thirteen minutes into the second half after a lot of good chances.  In the first meeting, the Chieftains (13-2-1) went from there to score three unanswered.  Not this time.

The Pioneers (12-1-2) hung tough today and with sixteen minutes left turned a corner kick into the tying goal.

Alejandro Lynch (13) and Josh Rubin (44)

I expected the home team to turn up the pressure but instead it was the visitors with the better chances in the closing minutes.

“I felt like we wanted to go for the tie,” said Coach Munroe, but our assistant coach said that we can win this one.  I’m so happy not to lose to Masco.  The last time we beat them was 2010.  The fact that I know that will tell you how meaningful it is.”

Masco coach Jared Scarpaci came away concerned about conditioning and scoring chances: “Near the end I think that fatigue kicked in for some of our guys.  We left some good chances on the table.”

Coach Scarpaci added that his team needed to work on dead ball plays.  “Both their scores were dead ball plays, one was off a free kick and the other after a corner kick.”

Nathan Bass tallied the first LHS goal.  Nathan was at the heading end of a straightaway free kick.  “It was a long ball into the box,” recalled Coach Munroe.  “Nathan Bass, who wins tons of head balls for us even though he is 5-6, went up, won it and put it in.”  That was scored fifteen minutes into the game.

Masco celebrates their first goal

Masco senior Darren Cryan tied things sixteen minutes later.  “Devin Ralph got the ball in from the outside to Darren Cryan in the middle,” said Coach Scapaci.  “Darren shot through traffic and it went in to the side.”

The Chieftains pulled ahead in the second half after misfiring on several glittering chances.  The goal came off a direct kick from Connor Fitzgerald.  The kick was from straightaway and was high. Both Lynnfield GK Jack Campbell and defender David Gentile went for it.  The result was that neither of them dealt with the ball cleanly leaving a juicy rebound for Masco’s Harry Kessel.

“Harry came off the opposite side,” said Coach Scapaci.  “He followed the shot and headed it in.”

Jon Luders (4) and Harry Warshafsky (10)

The Pioneers had an answer to the Masco goal eleven minutes later.  Jon Luders took a corner kick and the LHS senior sent the ball to the far post where teammate David Gentile got a head on it.

“David Gentile hit the ball back across the goal,” remembered Tom Buston. “I was on the near post and it came right to my feet and I placed it in.  I had taken a wide run in on the corner kick and they (Masco) weren’t ready for me to be on the front post.”

Masco certainly had the upper hand in scoring chances, but Jack Campbell, in the Lynnfield net, made wise decisions.  “Their goalie had great positional play,” said Coach Scarpaci.

“Both of the kids that scored (Nathan Bass and Tom Buston) have about ten goals each,” said Coach Munroe.

Senior Jon Luders was excited about the Pioneers good showing. “We gave it 100%.  It was awesome.  We have so many great athletes on this team.  Every guy on the field is a special, special player.  I love the way we’re playing right now.”

Haolan Zhan (22) gets between GK Jack Campbell and defender David Gentile (22)

Jon told me that he has committed to going to Seton Hall next year to play baseball.  “Soccer too?” I asked.  “I’ll be sticking with baseball,” he said.

The D2 Chieftains have non-league losses to D1 St. John’s Prep and D2 North Andover.

The last time I saw the Masco boys play was in the 2016 D2 title game versus unscored on Nauset.  The Chieftains did get a score but lost 2-1 at Manning Field in Lynn.

Lynnfield is unbeaten in their last seven games.  The tie today ended an eleven-game win streak for Masco.

Josh Rubin (44) and Aedan Salvador (11)

Masco’s only loss in the last 102 matches against Cape Ann League opponents was in 2015 against Pentucket.

A key to the tie today for Lynnfield?  Keeping high-scoring Josh Rubin in check.  Josh has had several hat tricks this season including one against Lynnfield in their earlier meeting.

Nice weather for the last part of October.

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

Mine!

Nathan Bass (8) had the first Lynnfield goal

Tom Buston

Aedan Salvadore (11) and Luke Martinho (9)

Aedan Salvadore (11) and Tom Hauser (2)

Connor Fitzgerald

Darren Cryan

Devin Ralph (6) and Jack Cleary (10)

Devin Ralph (6) dribbles and Matthew Juliano (3) defends

Chasing a lose ball

Jack Campbell saves

 

 

 

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