Lexington stole the show early in the seventh annual Kicks for Cancer tournament, defeating Wakefield, 3-1, at Concord-Carlisle High School.
All teams wore names of loved ones who have died from, or are fighting cancer.
Wakefield coach Matt Angelo’s father, Mike, was diagnosed six years ago with cancer. In his honor, the Wakefield team has worn “Angelo” on the back of their jerseys in the event. Matt Angelo wears “Dad” on the back of his shirt.
The Minutemen controlled the game early, junior midfielder Jaime Wheaton hitting two long-range efforts just wide. By using more width than Wakefield, the Minutemen went ahead.
In the 20th minute, sophomore forward Lewis Mustoe scored from 8 yards out, side-footing a loose ball into the corner of the net off a corner kick.
Seventeen minutes later, Mustoe struck again. Midfielder Arnold Joseph took the ball down the right wing and Mustoe made a near-post run, shooting the cross first-time past the Wakefield keeper to make the score 2-0 at halftime.
Wakefield added another forward, junior Kyle Geaney, to partner senior Antonio Parrinello up top, to put pressure on Lexington’s back line.
The pressure paid off. In the 56th minute, Wakefield pulled one back after Parrinello hit a long-range shot past the goalkeeper, who was caught 20 yards up the field. But in the 71st minute, senior Caleb Shiple scored off another corner kick for the Minutemen, putting the game out of reach.
“I think Lewis did very well,” said Lexington coach Sami Eladhari. “He put himself in the right positions. He wants to score goals and he capitalizes on his chances.”
Other scores from the event included Reading defeating Woburn, 1-0, behind a goal from senior forward Dane Sullivan; Brookline topped Newton North in a Bay State matchup, 2-0, on goals from senior Ari Karchmer and junior Toma Beit-Arie; and the third-ranked Lincoln-Sudbury girls’ team played host Concord-Carlisle to a scoreless tie.
In the night games, No. 13 Lincoln-Sudbury tied No. 14 Concord-Carlisle, 1-1. After a frenetic start to the game, Lincoln-Sudbury pulled ahead behind a goal from senior defender William Hutchinson. Midfielder Nathan Cohen took a short free kick, teeing up Hutchinson who side-footed his shot in.
But on the stroke of halftime, Concord-Carlisle evened up the score at 1-1. Junior forward Mitchell Palmer latched onto a cross from senior Leo Fondriest and snuck a strong header into the far post.
The game became open, with lots of back-to-back action in the second-half. But while Concord-Carlisle had the majority of chances late in the game, they couldn’t break down Lincoln-Sudbury’s sophomore goalkeeper, Robert Hurstak, who made some incredible reflex saves to preserve the tie.
No 16 Acton-Boxboro beat Wayland, 1-0, in the other 6 p.m. game.