WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a Wilmington Youth Soccer travel game summary from Saturday, June 9.
Wilmington Boys 12-3 Defeat Chelmsford, 5 To 1
The Wilmington boys lined up for the final game of the regular season needing a win to qualify for the Commissioner’s Cup. Standing in their way was a talented Chelmsford team that handed Wilmington their only loss back in April.
Wilmington got off to a fast start as they netted their first goal less than 30 seconds into the game. Jackson McDonald stole the ball from a Chelmsford midfielder around half-field and passed to Casey Lanagan. Casey quickly moved the ball to Tommy Lewis who found Mick Keogan with a one-touch pass in front of the goal. Mick took a couple touches until the goalie stepped out and he put the ball into the corner of the net.
Less than two minutes later, Mick returned the favor and found Tommy in front of the net for the Wilmington’s second goal. The Chelmsford defense tightened up after the slow start and didn’t allow another goal for the remainder of the half. The Lions added a goal late in the half to cut the lead in half at 2-1.
Lukas Poirer almost started the second half off with a quick goal, but after breaking free down the left side, his shot just missed the net. Mick stole the ensuing goal kick and rushed in and beat the keeper for his second goal of the game. Chelmsford furiously pushed for another goal, but the defensive wall of Layne Coutu, Zack Guyette, and Oliver Ferrer was too tough to crack. The backline was anchored by Ryan Quamme who repelled any attacks that made it past the first wave of defenders.
The Wilmington attackers continued to push for more as Jack Bourque harassed the right back from Chelmsford. He appeared to break free for a goal, but was ruled just offside. Moments later, Jackson won the ball at midfield and rushed down the right side to the corner and crossed the ball to Kaleb Molina in the center, but the ball sailed just over Kaleb’s head. Kaleb and Jack ‘Marcelo’ Murphy pressured the Chelmsford defense and kept the ball pinned in the offensive third for the Wildcats.
With ten minutes to go, Casey was tackled in the box and earned a penalty kick. He calmly beat the goalie to put Wilmington ahead 4-1. Wilmington still had work to do to win the league title and qualify for the Commissioner’s Cup. Danny O’Mahony repeatedly stepped up from his right back position to stop the Chelmsford counter-attack and push the ball back to the forwards. It seemed every time they had a promising push up the field, Danny was there to repel them back.
With five minutes to go, Wilmington added the nail in the coffin. For several minutes, Tyler Florencio had been pestering the Chelmsford right back and was unlucky the ball hadn’t ended up in the back of the net. Then, he stole the ball and made a perfect cross to Lincoln Levesque alone on the goal line for the tap in. Minutes later, the final whistle blew and the boys rushed to congratulate Layne, the keeper, who combined with Tyler, held Chelmsford to one goal. The boys hard work this season will be rewarded next week when they play in the Commissioner’s Cup against the top finishers in the Middlesex League.
(NOTE: The above game summary was submitted by Wilmington Youth Soccer.)
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