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Roundup: Boston’s best begin chase for a title

The Boston City League soccer tournament starts Monday, weather permitting, with the girls at Madison Park and the boys at White Stadium. In the boys’ semifinals, East Boston, which finished second in the regular season, will face third-place Brighton at 6 p.m. The Jets are 9-2-1 while the Bengals are 11-2.

Despite being slotted behind Eastie, a Brighton win wouldn’t be an upset. The two played last week with Brighton winning, 5-0. East Boston coach Lorenzo Di Benedetto said that many key players for that earlier game were missing and he expects his team to be at full strength for the playoffs.

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The Bengals’ strong roster includes the leading scorer in EMass, senior captain Rossel Cacho (28 goals and 26 assists). Sophomore midfielder Vinicius Cordeiro has 18 goals and 10 assists.

Junior keeper Jose Mata delivered six shutouts this fall. East Boston features senior midfielder Elmer Ventura and senior forward Marvin Melgar, a dynamic duo who have scored or assisted in nearly every game.

Freshman goalkeeper Edwin Avelar has had 11 shutouts this season.

In the opener at White Stadium, first-place Madison Park takes on fourth-place finisher Boston International at 3:30 p.m. For the girls, first-place Latin Academy will play fourth-place O’Bryant on the upper field at Madison Park, while second-place New Mission will play third-place East Boston at 3:30 p.m. on the lower field. Both the boys’ and girls’ finals are scheduled for Wednesday.

In volleyball, the city semifinals are Monday at Burke. At 3:30 Latin Academy plays Burke followed at 5 p.m. by O’Bryant against Madison Park.

Boys’ soccer

BC High 1, Arlington 1 — Spy Ponders senior forward Fernando Cuervo-Torello scored in the 74th minute, but the Eagles’ Caleb Long tied the game.

Archbishop Williams 5, Cape Cod Academy 0 — Junior forward Aidan Browne netted a hat trick for the Bishops.

Brockton 2, Dartmouth 1 — Seniors Elizandro Cardoso and Kevin Fortes scored for the Boxers, who handed the No. 15 Indians their second loss.

Girls’ soccer

Ursuline 2, Sacred Heart 1 — Amy Piccolo scored both goals for the Bears (14-1-2).

North Attleboro 2, Attleboro 1 — Laura Patruno’s first goal of the season was the winner for the Red Rocketeers (11-4-2).

Golf

Because of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Sandy, the Division 1, 2, and 3 high school golf championships have been postponed. The Division 1 championship has been rescheduled for Nov. 5 at Norton Country Club; the Division 2 championship will be Nov. 5 at Gannon Municipal Golf Course in Lynn; and the Division 3 event is Wednesday at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens.

Follow all the city playoffs at Boston.com/bps
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