In his 15 years coaching at Watertown, girls’ soccer coach Kaz Keuchkarian had never seen his Raiders beat Winchester. But his 11 seniors made that record history on Wednesday, as they upset the No. 10 Sachems, 1-0, at home.
“We absolutely knew we had our work cut out for us today,” Keuchkarian said. “We felt if we could get on the scoreboard early, we had a shot to at least walk out with a tie.”
The plan worked, only better than Keuchkarian had expected. Senior Marissa Russo scored off a pass from sophomore Sara Lampasona just over eight minutes into the game.
For the next 72 plus minutes, the Raiders hunkered down to keep Winchester off the board, thanks in large part to senior goalie Casey Halle. At the end of 80 minutes, Halle recorded her second shutout in three games.
“You have to show some toughness to withstand [Winchester],” Keuchkarian said. “To defend for 72 minutes, there’s some character there.”
Watertown, a Division 3 team, has traditionally started off its season against tough competition, taking on Division 2’s Belmont and Division 1’s Arlington and Winchester.
After starting off past years 0-3 against the top-tier teams, the Raiders entered this season with a goal to change the outcome. They started off by squeezing out a tie with Belmont before falling 4-0 to Arlington. Watertown will enter its tough Middlesex League schedule with a 1-1-1 record.
“I feel it’s a huge accomplishment for us,” Keuchkarian said. “It showed what we’re all about this year.”
Milton Academy 1, Phillips Andover 0 — Nora Kohli scored the lone goal in the first minute as the Mustangs opened the season with a home victory.
Norwood 1, Ursuline 1— Senior captain Olivia Philbrook scored the Mustangs’ goal.
Boys’ soccerBC High 3, Catholic Memorial 1 — Junior Pat Jussre scored a goal and added an assist for the Eagles (2-0).
St. John’s Prep 8, Malden Catholic 1 — Senior Matt Chilton and junior Pat Foley each recorded a hat trick.
Revere 3, Everett 2— Michaela Elliott, Noelle McDonald, and Erica Ronga scored the Patriots’ three goals in the team’s first victory in seven years.
The MIAA Football Committee met Wednesday, with most of the discussion focused on the logistics of the new statewide playoff system. One unexpected issue was the South Coast Conference, the nine-team league that split into Large and Small divisions this offseason. Leagues were required to inform the MIAA by Sept. 2 if they would use league standings or the MIAA’s power rating system to determine their first- and second-place teams. But the SCC decided to call games between Large and Small schools “league” games. This violates the football format voted on by the committee that those games would be nonleague. The committee will contact the SCC to resolve the issue.