Charlestown 2, Everett 1 — In an extremely physical season opener, Charlestown utilized a pinpoint passing attack and relentless fast break offense to wear down a tough Everett squad. The “Townies,” who outshot Everett by a 14-6 margin, carried the play early with forwards John Guadian (goal, 7 shots) and Aidan Shea (3 shots) peppering the goalie with quality chances. Just before halftime, midfielder Matthew Coviello dashed down the right sideline and fed a nifty finesse pass to whirling dervish Daniel Sigmund (goal, 2 shots), who cleverly re-directed the ball to the left of the goalie where it ever-so-slowly crossed the goal line giving Charlestown a 1-0 advantage. In the second half, Everett quickly evened the score at 1-1 with a fluke goal which caromed off a Charlestown player. Undaunted, the “Townies” kept the pressure on and broke through again when a hustling Guadian picked up a loose ball near the Everett net and blasted a laser-beam between two players to give his team a 2-1 lead. Coviello, who had replaced teammate Jeremy Shea (scoreless first half, 1 save) in net, was then called upon to make several clutch stops to preserve the lead. In addition, defensemen Owen Sullivan (2 shots) and Quinlan Carroll stymied the Everett attack with several sliding break-ups while midfielders Conor Kelly (outstanding throw-ins) and Ryan Messer provided a much-needed offensive lift.
Charlestown Boys U12-1 Soccer Team Defeat Dracut 3 to1
The Charlestown Boys U12-1 team delivered a strong opening performance to the 2010 Fall Soccer season defeating a talented Dracut team by 3 goals to 1. In their first season in Division 2, following their Championship winning Spring season, a well conditioned Charlestown team, led by captain Mark Williamson, commanded the field from the opening whistle.
In his debut outing for Charlestown, Michael Ward skillfully dribbled his way through the Dracut defense to plant a goal in the back of the net giving Charlestown the lead after 15 minutes. Dracut rallied for a time securing the equalizer soon after.
In the closing minutes of the first half Liam Kennedy passed the ball inside for Elias Sahile to lob the ball over the goalie’s head into the back of the net. A few minutes later Sahile planted the ball in the bottom corner of the net for Charlestown’s third goal following another assist from Kennedy, to give Charlestown a 3-1 lead going into the second half.
Nolan McLaughlin, in an impressive performance in his first time in goal, dove to make a stunning save from a Dracut penalty kick in the second half. After that Charlestown held onto the lead for the rest of the match.
The lads were well supported by family and friends including former BU12 players Hugh O’ Donnell and Alex Jacoby and assistant coach for the day, Peter Iacoi. The team is away for their next two matches, with Malden up next week.
Malden 4, Charlestown (B) 0 — The “Townie” girls, one of the youngest teams in the league, handled themselves brilliantly against a much bigger and quicker Malden team. With many of the Charlestown players having moved up from the Under-10 Commissioner’s Cup championship team, it took some time to get acclimated to playing on a much bigger field with larger-sized goals. Nevertheless, standout goalie Charisse Flanagan stood her ground making one spectacular save after another and defensive leader Julia Jacoby, who consistently broke up rushes and cleared the ball with booming kicks, managed her teammates masterfully making sure all opposing players were covered. Chloe Shea and Kaley Kyle also chipped in with some key sliding breakups. Offensively, Haley McLaughlin blasted some sensational corner kicks and Ella Moyes employed some nifty “pull-back” moves. Also, Kailey Kennedy-Slesar, Jackie Gentis, Miceala Sindoris and Aisling Newhall displayed tremendous desire and endurance by playing almost the entire game. In the end, although outmatched, Charlestown proved that the soccer future for the girls program is very bright indeed.
Boys (B) Under-10
By Carl Jahn
Burlington 7, Charlestown 3 — The Charlestown team put up a good fight against an older Burlington team but in the end Burlington’s standout goaltending got the better of the young “Townies.” Aaron Wadman, Henry Alitz, and Dominc Kennedy Slesar each scored goals with Aedan Mclaughlin, Oscar Eldh Jahn and Dominic Kennedy Slesar each getting an assist. Aaron Wadman put an additional 7 shots on goal and several others, including John Disamone, had close calls as well, but the Burlington goalie was too tough for the team this week. Collin Delvalle was stellar in his debut as goalie, making several brilliant saves before finally giving up three goals in the first half. He played forward the second half (Aaron Wadman played goal in the second half) and had some great scoring opportunities as well. Although the fullbacks led by Anthony Sachek, Daniel Bryan, and Oscar Eldh Jahn each made several great individual stops against the Burlington forwards, the whole team decided that more work was needed on overall team defense. Nonetheless, it was good start for the boys in the new season.