Ian Appleby faced a tough assignment in his first varsity start for the Cohasset boys’ soccer team Monday afternoon.
The sophomore goalie was tasked with shutting down Middleboro, which had racked up 15 goals in its first three games.
Appleby rose to the occasion, recording a clean sheet as the Skippers, ranked 12th in this week’s Globe Top 20, prevailed with a 4-0 victory the No. 16 Sachems in their home opener.
Senior Cam Pattison scored a goal and added an assist for Cohasset (3-0), which has conquered all three of the South Shore League opponents they’ve faced this season.
Appleby was filling in for junior Ian Dunkelberger, who broke his wrist in the Skippers’ 3-0 win at Carver on Thursday.
Dunkelberger led the Skippers to the Division 4 state final last season, but the team didn’t seem to falter with Appleby sliding in between the pipes.
“We have a talented and raw young goalkeeper filling in,” Cohasset coach Jim Willis said. “It was good to get a win and give him some confidence.”
Juniors Chris Longo and Michael McDougald and senior Andrew Sullivan also scored for the Skippers.
Gloucester 5, Saugus 1 — Alex Lopes and Kevin deOliviera had two goals apiece for the Fishermen (1-1).
Duxbury 3, Quincy 0 — Sophomore Jan Fleming scored twice, helping junior Tim Mehrmann record a clean sheet in his first start for the Dragons (1-0).
Latin Academy 2, West Roxbury 0 — Steven Buiche scored both goals for the visiting Dragons.
Dover-Sherborn 4, Medfield 1 — Corey Lampman had two goals and an assist and junior Griffin Windle picked up his first varsity goal for the Raiders (3-0).
Archbishop Williams 2, Sacred Heart 0 — Sean Hobbs and Pat Hegarty scored for the Bishops (1-1).
Braintree 2, Framingham 1 — Seniors Faris Salem and Ryan Mangan each scored to lead the Wamps.
Hingham 2, Plymouth North 0 — Sophomore forward Nick Lynch and senior midfielder John Welch tallied for the Harbormen (2-0) and junior Kyle Bryant logged the shutout.
West Bridgewater 2, Bristol-Plymouth 0 — CJ Dunn and and Kevin Lawler each had a goal for the Wildcats.
Medford 2, Peabody 0 — Sophomore Kendy Prince tallied a goal and an assists for the No. 19 Mustangs (2-0-1).
Acton-Boxborough 4, Westford 0 — Pasha Nikolayev scored two goals to lead the Colonials.
Holbrook 3, Upper Cape 3 — UC’s Austin Marshall and Caleb Jepson scored in the last 21 minutes of the game to knot the score.
Pembroke 4, Plymouth South 1 — The Titans were led by senior Gabe Noguer, who scored two goals in the team’s first win of the season.
Cambridge 4, Newton South 1 — AJ Acloque tallied two goals and assist as the Falcons won their opener.
Archbishop Williams 3, Sacred Heart 0 — Senior Chigozie Sumani, senior Asiah Dingle, and freshman Carly Akoury scored for the Bishops (1-0).
Norwell 5, Mashpee 0 — Led by junior Bridget Coffee, the Clippers (3-0) picked up their third South Shore League win.
Old Rochester 4, Somerset Berkley 2 — Nikki Fantoni scored a pair of first-half goals to lead the Bulldogs.
Lincoln-Sudbury 2, Concord-Carlisle 1 — Senior Isabel Ross had a goal and an assist for the Warriors.
Brookline 4, Newton North 0 — Junior forward Hallie Freeman notched two goals for the Warriors (2-0-1).
Winthrop 5, Revere 1 — Freshman Maura Dorr tallied two goals as the Vikings notched a win in their season opener.
Lexington 6, Stoneham 0 — The Minutemen (3-0) stayed undefeated thanks to two goals from sophomore Nairi Enwright.
Arlington 2, Melrose 0 — Junior Grace Kelly scored both goals and sophomore Elena Jacey notched her first varsity shutout to lead the Spy Ponders (2-0-1).
Belmont 1, Wilmington 0 — Junior Morgan Chase scored the winner with three minutes to go to keep the Marauders (2-0) undefeated.
Needham 4, Weymouth 1 — The Rockets improved to 3-0 behind juniors Gracie Bruno and Eileen Manning, who each tallied two goals and an assist.
Mashpee 152, Abington 90 — Eighth-grader Colin Spencer (2-under 32) pocketed a hole-in-one on the par-3, 110-yard sixth hole at Strawberry Valley Golf Course for the Falcons.
Newton North 3, Brookline 2 — Junior Ashley Wang led the way for the No. 2 Tigers (3-0) with 21 kills, 19 service points, and 18 assists. Classmate Chelsea Simmons added 25 assists, and Julia Lanfear and Miska Legatova added 11 kills apiece in a match that lasted nearly three hours.
Andover 3, Chelmsford 0 — Alexis Mancha tallied 14 assists, 8 kills, 7 aces, and 6 digs to pace the Golden Warriors (2-0).