WILMINGTON, MA — Below are two recent Wilmington Youth Soccer travel game summaries:
Wilmington Boys 12-1 5, Chelsea 2
by Jackson McDonald #15
The Wilmington 12-1 boys team started their fall season at the North Reading Fall Kick-Off Classic. Their first game was against Chelsea. Lukas Poirier started the scoring for the season when Casey Lanagan passed the ball to Lukas off a short corner. He then took the ball and put it in the back o the net for the first goal of the season for the boys. A few minutes later Jackson McDonald intercepted the opponent’s goal kick and played Lukas through on net. Lukas went around Chelsea’s defender and scored to make it 2-0. Shortly before half-time Chelsea scored to make it 2-1. Right after Chelsea scored, Kaleb Molina and Lincoln Levesque’s strong offensive pressure and connecting play allowed Jack ‘Marcelo” Murphy to have a shot that could’ve made it 3-1, but unfortunately hit the post. Right after that, Jackson played Casey up the wing. Casey then crossed the ball to Lukas who took a shot. His shot was deflected, but it went back to Casey who shot and scored.
The half ended Wilmington 3 Chelsea 1.
The second half started off strong with Casey switching the field from the left to the right. Tyler Florencio received the ball, then crossed it back to Casey who played it back to Jackson at the top of the box. Jackson took the ball and chipped it with his opposite foot over the keeper’s head to make it 4-1. The defensive wall of Layne Coutu, Oliver Ferrer, and Danny O’Mahony held Chelsea’s talented offense to only two goals. Then, as the game was ending Jack Bourque made a save and threw the ball out to Lukas who scored a goal off a breakaway to make it 5-2.
The game ended as a 5-2 win for the Wilmington Wildcats. A great way to kick-off the fall season.
Wilmington Boys 12-1 4, North Reading Rebels 2
by Casey Lanagan #14
In their third game of the North Reading tournament and for the second straight game, the Wilmington Wildcats boys U12-1 team went down 2-0 early. But later in the first half Jack Bourque stole the North Reading Rebels goal kick and scored from 25 yards out. Before the half ended, Wilmington scored again to tie the game at 2. This time Jack “Marcelo” Murphy stepped forward to poke the ball away from a defender over to Lincoln Levesque who then passed it to Jack Bourque at the top of the box who scored again.
The beginning of the second half was a struggle as Wilmington had many chances but failed to capitalize on any of them with Casey Lanagan and Kaleb Molina having most of the chances. Casey had multiple shots from rough angles that almost snuck in. Kaleb almost put in a rebound and Lukas Poirier had a mini breakaway that went wide. Jackson McDonald came into the game in the second half. He took a shot from outside that the goalie tipped and Marcelo almost tipped in. Then with about 10 minutes left in the game Layne Coutu stole the ball and passed it up to Marcelo who then found Jack who set up Lincoln for the game winning goal. Five minutes later Tyler Marinho punted the ball up to Jack who then passed to Casey who put the game out of reach. The defense played great the entire second half and didn’t allow North Reading much time to score. Layne and Zack Guyette stopped North Reading’s attack and Oliver Ferrer and Danny O’Mahoney pushed forward on counter attacks to get several crosses across. Tyler M. and Tyler Florencio combined to shut out North Reading for the final 40 minutes. With the win, the Wildcats advanced to the tournament finals.
(NOTE: The above game summaries were submitted by Wilmington Youth Soccer.)
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