St. John’s Prep coach Dave Crowell was curious to see how his boys’ soccer team would respond from its loss to Xaverian on Friday.
Having graduated 10 starters from last season, the No. 13 Eagles are fielding a team with a limited amount of varsity experience, but that didn’t stop them from coming from behind to top No. 16 Masconomet, 2-1, on Monday.
The Chieftains took the lead on a penalty kick in the first half, giving Crowell an opportunity to size up his team.
“I was very curious how they were going to respond,” said Crowell.
It took about 15 minutes into the second half for senior midfielder Matt Gianetta to tie the game with a penalty kick. One minute later, Gianetta’s corner kick connected with the head of teammate Quinn Williams at the near post for the winner. It was Williams’s third goal of the year.
“Masconomet is a very good team,” said Crowell. “[The win] feels great, especially coming off the loss to Xaverian.
“I thought we really responded well after they went ahead. I thought we were the better team.”
“We have a lot of inexperience all over the field. I’m really happy with the way they responded after getting down. Even against Xaverian, we were able to get one goal late [to trim the lead].
Gianetta, an undersized player positioned at center midfielder, has been finding his niche this season.
“He’s very quick and skilled with his feet. Really does a great job controlling and distributing the ball,” said Crowell. “He can actually use his size to his advantage as times.”
Crowell added he looks forward to playing Masconomet each year.
“It’s become a great rivalry,” he said. “One of the games we look forward to playing.”
Chelsea 2, Lynn Tech 1 — Sophomore Carlos Cartegena notched a goal and an assist for the Red Devils (3-0).
Austin Prep 4, Essex Tech 0 — Sophomore captain Ryan DiNapoli led the Cougars with two goals and an assist.
Old Colony 3, Blue Hills 3 — Pat Toscano scored two goals for the Warriors.
Marian 2, Saint Joseph Prep 2 — Vova Quigley scored both goals for the Phoenix.
Hamilton-Wenham 3, Bishop Fenwick 2 — Senior Danny Knudsen scored the winner with five minutes left for the Generals (3-0).
Boston Latin 4, Malden Catholic 1 — Senior captain Griffin Burns had a goal and an assist for the Wolfpack (1-2).
Pembroke 2, Whitman-Hanson 0 — Senior captains Mike Courtright and Vince Mitchell scored for the Titans (1-0).
Case 2, Wareham 1 — Ryan Nascimento and Antonio Luna scored to lead the Cardinals.
Matignon 3, St. Clement 0 — Senior Kayla Jodoin notched two goals for the Warriors.
Revere 1, Northeast 0 — Luana Santos scored for the Patriots (1-2) with 20 minutes remaining.
Dighton-Rehoboth 5, Bourne 0 — Senior Emily Cronan scored three goals and Mae Stebbings recorded her second shutout of the season for the Falcons (2-1).
Blue Hills 2, Old Colony 0 — Freshman Gisele Digirolamo scored in the second half for the Warriors (2-1).
Sandwich 3, Barnstable 0 — Halle Tickell recorded her second straight shutout for the Blue Knights.
Sacred Heart 2, Norfolk Aggie 1 — Junior Bridget LeBlanc and senior Caroline Sheen scored for the victorious Lady Saints.
Marshfield 4, Silver Lake 2 — Kellie Smith scored three goals to pace the Rams (3-1).
Wilmington 4, Tewksbury 0 — Senior Casey McFall had three assists for the Wildcats (3-0).
Ipswich 5, Gloucester 1 — Senior Sarah Wallis opened up the scoring for the Tigers (2-1) at the 10-minute mark on an assist from Carolina Ivanov. Two minutes later, Wallis added another goal.
Plymouth North 3, Plymouth South 0 — Senior Amelia Burke recorded a goal and an assist and senior Ali Petrelli pitched a shutout in net.
Marian 5, Saint Joseph Prep 1 — Sophomore Krystal Alvarez had a hat trick and Antonia Fantasia added three assists for the Mustangs (1-1).
Rockport 2, Dracut 0 — Miranda Roller and Lydia Sweetser scored for the Vikings (1-1-1).
Hanover 2, Marshfield 1 — Brielle Prouty and Abby Hammett scored for Hanover (2-0). Aisling Hickey made 27 saves for Marshfield.
Apponequet 1, Durfee 1 — Taylor Bulis netted her third goal of the season for the Lakers.
Matignon 3, St. Clement 0 — Sophomore Leanne Medeiros had 20 aces for the Warriors (1-1).
Wakefield 3, Northeast 0 — Senior Maddie Shea (7 kills, 7 aces) and sophomore Julia Purcell (7 aces) led the Warriors.
Case 3, Wareham 0 — Senior Allyson DiCesare had 13 kills and junior Madison Majewski added 29 assists for the Cardinals (2-0).
Saint Joseph Prep 3, Upper Cape 2 — Despite falling 15-13 in the final set, the Rams were led by Jillian Lizotte (31 service points, 4 aces) and Erika Kelley (5 kills, 5 digs).
Greater New Bedford 3, Apponequet 0 — Riley Thomas (22 assists) and Julia Coucci (13 kills) led the Bears (2-0).
Hamilton-Wenham 3, Saugus 0 — Sophomore Lauren Flynn had 10 kills and nine digs for the Generals.
Archbishop Williams 156, Cardinal Spellman 118 — Sophomore Matt Menzel had 29 points for the Bishops (2-1).
Pembroke 251, North Quincy 296 — Nolan Reardon shot a 3-over 36 and Ryan Gibbons fired a 39 to lead the Titans (2-1) at Pembroke CC.
Pentucket 124, Manchester Essex 103 — Senior Alex Beckmann had 33 points for the Hornets.