The Masconomet boys’ soccer team stepped up its game Tuesday afternoon, blanking East Boston, 3-0, in an MIAA North Division 1 quarterfinal matchup in Topsfield.
The Chieftains (17-0-2) were coming off a challenging 1-0 win over Chelmsford, in which they lost star senior back Demetri DeCoulos to an injury.
Seniors Charles Sherman and Keya Olia quickly picked up the offense, with Olia scoring high into the right corner of East Boston’s net off a feed from Sherman in the first minute of the game.
“It felt awesome scoring so quickly,” Olia said. “They are a very good team but we were more physically as well as mentally fit, and I think that showed on the scoreboard.”
East Boston (13-3-1) regrouped and pressed the attack on offense, but junior goalkeeper William Stewart turned aside four early shots.
Senior back Colby Farmer gave Masconomet a 2-0 lead near the end of the first half, redirecting a pass from junior striker Edison Forbes into the lower right corner of the net.
Jets defenders Ben Buenorostro and Ben Lara helped keep it a two-goal deficit early in the second half as Masconomet stayed on the attack.
The Chieftains, however, took a 3-0 lead in the eighth minute of the second half as junior midfielder Adam Grammer won a crowded fight in the goal box and blasted a shot low into the center of the net.
Masconomet will face St. John’s Prep in a semifinal game Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Lynn’s Manning Field.
“We’re going to be ready and they’ll be ready, so we’re excited,” Chieftains coach David Mitchell said. “It’s going to be a matter of who can play a good, balanced attack better.”
Wilmington 1, Bedford 0 — After a scoreless regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods, junior Chris Spaorito scored his first goal of the season in the sixth round of the shootout to break a 4-4 tie and help lift the Wildcats. Junior goaltender Luke Foley followed with a save to preserve the victory.
St. John’s Prep 1, Acton-Boxboro 0 — Senior Lev Kazalyan scored in the second half and senior goalkeeper Ben Alpern made three saves to record his 12th shutout of the season as the Eagles (16-1-2) grabbed a berth in the semifinals.
Medway 5, Bishop Feehan 1 — The Mustangs advanced to the semifinals behind junior strikers Justin Kaplan (three goals, one assist) and Sean Dunne (two goals).
Weston 2, Boston International 1 — Senior Andrew Bromfield scored with two minutes left to lift eighth-seeded Weston (11-4-4) to the upset of top-seeded Boston International.
Bourne 3, Sacred Heart 1 — The Canalmen (13-4-3) were led by senior captains Jack Canterbury (two goals) and Blade Leavenworth (two assists). Canterbury’s goal pushed his season total to 33.
Weymouth 1, Braintree 0 — Senior midfielder Lucas Rocha scored 18 minutes into the second half and junior Lucas Rezende made four saves to lead the Wildcats (16-1-4).
Dartmouth 5, Nauset 0 — Junior forward Noah Martins scored three goals for the second straight postseason game to spark the Indians (15-2-2).
Oliver Ames 2, Walpole 1 — Brandon Boone scored his fourth goal of the season and Chris Gonclaves added his 13th to pace the Tigers.
Canton 1, Hingham 0 — Sophomore Damian Kozak’s goal 10 minutes into the second half pushed the Bulldogs into the semifinals for the seventh consecutive season.
Rockport 1, St. Mary’s 0 — Senior captain Conor Douglass scored on a cross from junior Shaun Aspesi in the 55th minute to lift the Bulldogs (14-4-2). Erik Littlefield made six saves and recorded the shutout.
Dover-Sherborn 1, Carver 0 — Freshman Rachel Shone’s first-half goal was the difference as the Raiders (14-3-3) outshot Carver, 23-8. Senior captain Julia Peromutten made eight saves.
Canton 1, Scituate 0 — Senior Bri Duserick scored in the sixth minute as the Bulldogs (16-1-1) posted their 14th straight victory.
St. Mary’s 2, Winthrop 0 — Juniors Jennie Mucciarone and Carol Dimaiti each had a goal and an assist for the Spartans (14-4-2) in their victory over the Vikings.
Needham 2, North Attleborough 1 — Junior Sam Lerner scored two minutes into overtime for No. 7 Needham.
Duxbury 1, Holliston 0 — Sophomore Nicole Gavin scored on a direct kick with 12 minutes remaining to spark the Dragons (14-2-4).
Abington 3, Nantucket 2 — Senior Olivia Kurowski scored the winner 33 seconds into overtime to propel the Green Wave to the semifinals. Senior Mackenzie Gillis scored both regulation goals.