St. John’s Prep midfielder Will Andrews has seen his playing time steadily increase this season.
“He used to play about 10 minutes a half,” said St. John’s 16-year soccer coach Dave Crowell. “And now he’s starting for us.”
Andrews cemented his coach’s decision to elevate the sophomore into the lineup, scoring his first varsity goal at the 42nd minute mark on Saturday afternoon as the Eagles earned a 2-0 Catholic Conference win over host Malden Catholic.
“We had a corner kick and the ball came to [Will],” said Crowell. “The keeper came off his line and the ball came out to the 18 and he chipped it over the keeper and two defenders.”
Crowell lauded Andrews’s composure in the high stakes situation.
With three games in four days, the Eagles (6-3-2) turned to their deep roster for help. Namely, junior keeper Cam Buckley, who was tabbed for his first varsity start.
“[Cam’s] played here and there, so it wasn’t his first time in the game,” said Crowell. “I think it’s totally different when you’re starting, I’m sure he was a little nervous, but he did very well.”
Buckley stopped all three shots he faced, anchoring the Eagles’ fourth shutout of the season. Senior Jack Sorenson is responsible for the other three.
“Today was our third straight shutout,” said Crowell. “We play a very difficult schedule, to have depth makes all the difference in the world.”
Nauset 6, Bridgewater-Raynham 0 — The top-ranked Warriors improved to 10-0 with two goals apiece from junior midfielders James McCully and Ethan Craven.
Braintree 1, Nauset 0 — Freshman Kathryn Martin scored the lone goal while keeper Emma Hume posted her eighth shutout of the season for the Wamps (7-4-2).
Newton South 7, Somerville 0 — Forwards Emily Duggan and Audrey Lavey each scored two goals for the Lions (10-0-2).
BB&N 1, Governor’s Academy 0 — Junior forward Kayla Duran scored the only goal for the Knights (4-2-1).
Groton 1, Rivers 0 — Senior forward Kaitlyn DiSarcina scored the lone goal for the Zebras with 12 minutes left and senior captain Amani Jiu recorded her second shutout of the season.
St. Mark’s 1, Brewster Academy 0 — Junior forward Caroline Peterson scored the long goal in the 10th minute as the Lions improved to 5-1-1.
Canterbury 3, Hopkins (Conn.) 2 — Ariella Haas (Albany, N.Y.) scored 8:38 into overtime for Canterbury (5-3-1). Sara Bouwman (New Fairfield, Conn.) had a goal and an assist in the win.
Middleborough 3, Nantucket 0 — Sophomore Bridget Lynch registered 16 service points, Marissa Bouldry had 15 service points and seven aces, and Lauren Empey added six aces for the Sachems (9-3).