The No. 15 Wellesley Raiders boys’ soccer team had a tough opening three games. But once they put a 2-1 loss to No. 2 Needham last Saturday behind them, Wellesley bounced back.
After defeating No. 4 Weymouth at home on Tuesday, the Raiders scored four first-half goals en route to a 5-1 victory over Brookline on Thursday afternoon in Wellesley.
Sophomore forward Matt D’Anieri stole the show for the Raiders (2-1). In the seventh minute, D’Anieri scored the opening goal. Senior midfielder Adam Chernew scored eight minutes later, before D’Anieri scored again off an assist from Chernew.
In the 38th minute, Raiders midfielder Alcy Torres gave the team a 4-0 lead. Brookline got one back in the second half, but D’Anieri struck a shot off the bar and into the goal to give the Raiders the win and complete his hat trick.
“The first half was one of the best I’ve ever seen us play, and I’ve been here 3½ years,” said Raiders coach Tim Mason.
“We were brilliant. We were tremendous today. I think our passing was fast, and we were moving the ball well.”
Brookline (3-1) had scored 11 goals and conceded just one in their first three games. But Wellesley proved to be too much, with Mason crediting the Needham game as a wake-up call for the Raiders.
“We learned we can’t just walk out on the field and beat anyone,” Mason said. “[Needham] has a good group, and the Needham result really helped us.”
The Raiders have scored eight and allowed just two goals since facing Needham.
Boston International 2, Latin Academy 0 — New Boston International coach Miguel Cura earned his first win thanks to a first-half goal from midfielder Emerson Cabral and an LA mistake that led to an own goal later in the half.
Somerville 5, Andover 0 — Senior goalkeeper Victor Melendez made five saves for the No. 1 Highlanders (2-0), earning his first career shutout.
Bedford 3, Boston Latin 0 — Senior midfielder Mike Dushman scored two goals to lead the Buccaneers (2-0).
Lynn Classical 3, Beverly 0 — Senior forward Yabesi Musema netted a pair of goals to help the Rams improve to 2-2.
Randolph 3, Stoughton 2 — Sophomore Saddraque Serreaz scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season to lead the host Blue Devils (3-1).
Walpole 1, Needham 1 — Senior Karalyn Kickham scored the Rebels’ goal as they tied the No. 4 Rockets.
East Bridgewater 9, Abington 0 — Freshman MacKenzie Vlachos scored five goals, giving her nine in three games, as the visiting Vikings rolled.
O'Bryant 6, Charlestown 0 — Sophomore forward Keena Nicholas scored twice to help the host Tigers move to 2-1.
Matignon 2, Innovation Academy 1 — Junior Sydney Mendonca scored both goals for the Warriors (2-2).
Middleborough 25, Randolph 30 — Mensky Barosy was the top finisher for the Blue Devils in 19:32.
Newton North 3, Natick 0 — Alanna King delivered seven kills to help the Tigers improve to 3-0.
Lynnfield 3, Saugus 0 — Junior Emma Mancini had six kills and six digs and sophomore Shannon Ryan added 9 assists, 5 aces, and 5 digs for the Pioneers (2-0).
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