EBHS boys soccer falls to Acton-Boxboro in double overtime
By Cary Shuman
One of the most successful soccer seasons in East Boston High School history came to an end in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Acton-Boxboro in double overtime in the quarterfinal round of the Division 1 North Sectionals.
Acton-Boxboro scored the “golden goal” with three minutes left in the second 10-minute sudden death overtime period.
Coach Lorenzo Di Benedetto’s Jets, the Boston City League champions, had defeated Lincoln-Sudbury 1-0 in overtime in the first round on a Daniel Orrego goal but fell just short in a high-scoring game against the Colonials.
Sebastian Macias scored the game’s first goal at the 20-minute mark. A-B tied the game and added a second tally to take a 2-1 lead at the half.
Eastie’s Daniel Orrego tied the game at 2-2 before Sebastian Toro answered an AB goal with an excellent play to end regulation time in a 3-3 deadlock.
Di Benedetto said the Jets had a few good scoring opportunities in the two overtime periods. East Boston finished the season with a 17-3 record.
“We made a good run at it this season,” said Di Benedetto.
Some of the Jets’ top players will be competing in post-season All-Star games. Senior goalkeeper Argenis Lozano, senior defender Juan Landaverde, and senior defender Sergio Aquilar will compete in the Boston City League All-Star Game on Nov. 22 at Wentworth.
Senior captain Juan Landaverde and junior captain Sebastian Toro have been selected to compete in the Eastern Mass. All-Star Game.
Eastie football tops Madison Park
The East Boston High School football team took a step closer to a winning season with a solid 24-12 victory over Madison Park Friday.
The Jets are 5-4 with games remaining against St. Mary’s of Lynn (Friday at 6 p.m. at East Boston Stadium) and South Boston (Thanksgiving at 9:30 a.m. at White Stadium).
Senior running back Jose Harry rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns in the Jets’ second victory of the season versus Madison Park. Richard Dilworth and Orlandino Gray also scored touchdowns.
A defense end, Gray was also a standout on defense, recording a couple of quarterback sacks while leading the team in tackles.
“Orlandino is very fast and helped contain Madison Park’s speed,” said East Boston coach John Parziale. “He made some good tackles.”
Parziale expects a tough test from St. Mary’s. “They’re an excellent team. We played them in 2011 and 2012 and they have a very good program. Matt Durgin does a great job as coach and we’ll have our hands full Friday night.”