Wellesley’s Matt D’Anieri prevented a potential upset by host Newton North with a late goal, forcing a 1-1 tie Tuesday afternoon in boys’ soccer.
It looked like the Tigers (4-5-4) were going to walk away with a win against the No. 8-ranked team until the D’Anieri, a sophomore, scored off a rebound with 17 seconds left in the game.
According to Wellesley coach Tim Mason, it wasn’t the prettiest game for D’Anieri, but his tireless effort was an example for the team.
“He’s got great resolve, great character,” Mason said. “We kept working, kept pressing, didn’t give up, and just kept going and it paid off.”
The chances were there for the Raiders (9-1-0). Midway through the first half, Joseph Mears nearly gave Wellesley the edge with a header that went off the crossbar. D’Anieri, whose brother Andrew serves as the Raiders’ captain, also had two scoring chances in the first half.
Wellesley junior Sooyoung Kim also had two chances early in the second half, one shot going over the crossbar and the other saved.
A sense of urgency began to set in for the Raiders after Newton North’s Stan Alves beat two Wellesley players on a counterattack and sent a strike to the bottom right corner of the net.
“That’s our attitude, we never thought we were beaten,” Mason said.
The coach added that the draw could give the Raiders an advantage when No. 6 Framingham pays them a visit Thursday.
“It’s the best way to get a tie, with a late goal like that, because it keeps the momentum going and I think that will help us,” Mason said.
Brookline 3, Dedham 1 — Tonnis James, Franz Sorenson and Jose Palma scored for the visiting Warriors.
Dennis-Yarmouth 1, Plymouth South 0 — Senior forward Connor Coughlan scored with 16 minutes left.
Bishop Feehan 1, Bishop Stang 0 — Franklin Mendez scored for the Shamrocks with 50 seconds left off an assist from Drew Humphrey.
Wayland 3, Waltham 0— Junior forward Andres Pascual-Leone had two goals and an assist in the win.
Newton North 4, Wellesley 1 — Senior forward Shannon Fitzgerald netted a hat trick to lead the visiting No. 2-ranked Tigers (8-0-1).
Blue Hills 2, Old Colony 0 — Senior midfielder Meg Delaporta netted a goal to lead the host Warriors.
Walpole 1, Framingham 0 — Sophomore forward Lisa Regan scored for the host Rebels.
East Bridgewater 6, Carver 1 — Junior Sarahkate Norton had two goals for the Vikings.
Plymouth South 8, Dennis-Yarmouth 1 — Freshman forward Maddie Sessler had one goal and two assists while freshman forward Eryn Kelly had two goals.
Ipswich 4, Reading 0 — Maddi Hill scored in the first five minutes, assisted by Nikki Pignone, who also scored. Meghan Lindahl and Julia Meedzan also scored.
North Andover 3, Dracut 0 — Abbie Karalis had a hat trick for the Knights.
St. John’s Prep 20, Xaverian 40 — Liam Dow took first place in the 5k with a time of 16 minutes 33 seconds.
Oliver Ames 25, Sharon 30 — Senior Dan Moverman won his race in 15:10.
Oliver Ames 15, Sharon 48 — Tigers senior Emily Newman won her race in 18:19.
Medfield 2, Bellingham 0 — Senior Michelle Diggans scored two goals for the Warriors, her sixth and seventh of the season, as the team qualified for the state tournament.
Winchester 4, Wakefield 1 — Senior captain Lia Gizzi netted two goals and a pair of assists to lead the host Sachems.
Milton 3, Weymouth 0 — Junior Colleen Perry had 11 kills, 4 digs, and 5 service aces for the Wildcats.
Madison Park 3, Randolph 2 — Junior Antonea Green served for 13 points, had 25 spikes, 6 blocks, and 2 tips for the host Cardinals (7-2).