Madison Park’s chances Friday against Lexington looked as grim as the weather. Star junior midfielder Edmilson Barros was forced to sit out after he received a red card in the Cardinals’ city championship win over Boston International on Thursday.
Despite Barros’s absence, though, the Cardinals beat the visiting Minutemen, 1-0, in the first round of the MIAA Division 1 North boys’ soccer tournament.
“I’m so disappointed, I want to play,” Barros said before the game. “I hear [Lexington] is good, but I believe in my team.”
That belief was well-founded. Madison Park (16-3) challenged Lexington by playing its most aggressive game of the season.
Thirty minutes into a scoreless game, the intensity picked up. With speed and aggression, Madison Park freshman forward Bill Tuloe and senior midfielder Patrick Teixeira took shot after shot, but Lexington senior goalkeeper Joey McWeeney blocked all attempts.
With two minutes left in the first half, MP defender Emike Pires lifted a shot from midfield toward McWeeney. Tuloe was there as the ball came down, and he redirected it past the Lexington keeper.
Lexington (9-4-6) came out strong in the second half, but despite its impressive touch and passing skills, the Minutemen could not beat sophomore goalkeeper Joao Rosa.
Madison Park will face the winner of Saturday’s Methuen-Chelsea game in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Concord-Carlisle 3, Belmont 2 — Stowe Simonton notched the winner with five minutes left in overtime to lead the Patriots (12-2-2).
Lynnfield 4, North Shore 1 — Connor Sullivan scored the first two goals for the Pioneers (9-7-3).
Ipswich 4, Whittier 1 — Ryan Law (two goals), David Dick, and Slater Sullivan scored for the Tigers.
Franklin 2, Catholic Memorial 0 — Joe Kalil and Scottie Donaldson had first-half goals.
Milton 1, Norwell 0 — Marek Kotecki scored and Nick Hayward earned his seventh shutout this season.
Cardinal Spellman 2, Holbrook 1 — Junior Nick DeLuca scored both first-half goals for the host Cardinals.
Wayland 2, Tewksbury 1 — Morgan Fletcher intercepted a cross and scored the winning goal midway through the second half to lift the Warriors (9-6-1).
Hingham 2, Newton South 0 — Jane Freda scored on a penalty kick and Ashley Harkins added an insurance goal for the Harbormen (10-4-5).
North Attleboro 2, Weymouth 1 — Nikki Chretien tied it in regulation (her 10th goal of the year) and Elizabeth Wallace made two saves in the Red Rocketeers’ 4-3 shootout victory.
Brockton 3, Durfee 2 — Sophomore Jennifer Caruso scored twice for the Boxers, who advanced to the first round.
Lincoln-Sudbury 2, Westford 1 — Ellie Lanzsman and Whitney Hartstone scored for the No. 12 Warriors (11-5-2).
Newton North 2, Peabody 1 — Rachel Hamilton scored four minutes into overtime for the Tigers (13-3-3).