Herget Division MVP Tyler Kuchenbecker scored two goals Tuesday afternoon, and the 15th ranked Wellesley boys’ soccer team rallied to defeat No. 4 ranked Weymouth, 3-1, in Wellesley.
After their loss 2-1 loss to No. 2 Needham, the Raiders (1-1) could have given up after Weymouth (0-1-2) scored on an early penalty kick in Tuesday’s first half.
However, according to coach Tim Mason, his team has far too much character to let that happen.
“As a team we could have let our heads drop, but we just kept chopping away,” Mason said. “We really showed our character today.”
It was both an exciting and worrisome moment for the Wildcats after drawing a penalty in just the eighth minute of the first half. Jake Davenport had to be taken out with an injury after scoring on the penalty shot. The absence left a gap in the already banged-up Weymouth offense, which was also missing Shane Adams, who has a back injury.
Wellesley, however, wasted barely anytime after the early score. Kuchenbecker tied the game in the 15th minute and just 8 minutes later gave his team the lead.
His teammate, Ryan Stuntz, sealed the upset in the second half with the final goal.
While his team was ranked No. 4, Weymouth coach Bill McEachern believes his team has a challenge ahead. The Wildcats graduated 11 seniors last season and are now playing with a young and inexperienced group.
Newton North 5, Milton 0 — The Tigers’ victory was their first shutout of the season.
Westford 6, Waltham 0 — Senior Torsten Nilsson scored three goals for Grey Ghosts.
Mystic Valley 7, Greater Lawrence 0 — Senior captain Alex Cimetti scored two goals and her sister, sophomore Brianna Cimetti recorded her first shutout for the host Eagles (1-2).
Walpole 3, Brookline 1 — Sisters Lisa and Lauren Regan each recorded a goal for the the host Rebels (1-2).
North Quincy 9, East Boston 0 — Sophomore Molly Donahue scored two goals for the host Red Raiders (2-0), who had eight goal scorers.
Abington 19, Mashpee 36 — The Green Wave had strong races from their top three runners. Nick Sideropoulos finished first at 19:50, followed by Andrew Johnson (19:51) and Chris Fanara (20:09).
Hingham 19, Scituate 41 — Julia Noble finished in first at 18:19 to lead the Harbormen (2-0). In third was teammate Morgan Sullivan (19:50), followed by Maggie McFarland (20:01), Gabriella Cerio (20:07), and Kai li Cummings (20:11).