Another chapter was added to the story that is the Madison Park boys’ soccer team Tuesday afternoon when it edged Acton-Boxboro, 1-0, in double overtime in a Division 1 North quarterfinal.
With the victory, Madison Park advanced to play St. John’s Prep, which also won Tuesday, beating Lexington, 1-0.
“I thought we started the game off kind of slow,” Madison Park coach Joao Gomes said. “But I knew we were going to hold out on defense, so I just kept telling the guys to keep playing hard and one was eventually going to go in.”
With the second 10-minute overtime period winding down and penalty kicks looking certain to follow, Madison Park had a throw-in deep in Acton-Boxboro’s end.
This wasn’t an uncommon scenario for the Cardinals.
All afternoon, senior defender Emiky Pires fired throw-ins toward Colonials goalie Andrew Hoang, hoping for a header opportunity.
With almost no time remaining, Pires’s persistence paid off.
In a cluster of Cardinals and Colonials, the ball deflected in off an Acton-Boxboro player to give Madison Park the victory.
“I was telling the guys all game to stay on that back post and I’ll get you the ball there,” Pires said.
“We’ve got some tall players, so I kept saying that I’ll find them off the throw-in. It was a lucky one, but it worked.”
Both defenses dominated all afternoon, but, ultimately, a strange play ended Acton-Boxboro’s season.
“My team’s been fantastic all year,” Colonials coach David Baumritter said. “We’ve been very resilient and found ways to win games. Unfortunately tonight we just couldn’t pull it together.
“Madison Park has some strong individual players, and they deserved to win this game for sure.”
Madison Park, the Boston City champion, continues its tournament run Thursday at Manning Field in Lynn at 5 p.m.
St. John’s Prep 1, Lexington 0— Paul Magazzu scored, assisted by Matt Chilton, as the Eagles advanced. Zach Rowell had four saves for his third consecutive shutout.
Somerville 4, Brookline 0 — Senior striker Thayrone Miranda scored on a bicycle kick two minutes into the second half for his third goal of the game as the Highlanders advanced. Somerville’s other goal was scored by captain Francisco Fernandez.
Division 1 South
BC High 2, Wellesley 1 — Junior forward Emmet O'Callaghan scored the winning goal in the second half.
Division 1 South
Needham 2, Natick 0 — Senior Kira Oberle and sophomore Rachel Kingston scored for the Rockets, while the shutout went to junior Emily Bowers.
Walpole 2, North Attleborough 0 — Junior Steph Lund and senior Lauren Regan scored first-half goals, and sophomore Kaitlin Brown recorded her third postseason shutout.
Division 2 North
Arlington Catholic 3, North Reading 1 — Senior Jill Santini (40 assists), sophomore Demi Fogarty (17 kills), and junior Olivia Scioletti (11 kills) helped the Cougars advance.