Walter Flores converts as East Boston tops Somerville
Walter Flores converted a penalty shot in last week’s Boston City League boys’ soccer final against Boston International.
Yet when the East Boston senior was presented with another in Monday’s Division 1 North quarterfinal against Somerville, three minutes into overtime of a scoreless game, he had jitters.
His bid Monday was aided a bit by luck. As Flores attempted a pass from the right wing, a Somerville player committed a hand ball, resulting in the penalty shot.
The result? The same as last Wednesday. Flores buried the shot in the low right corner to give the host Jets a 1-0 win.
“It feels awesome,” Flores said. “I was nervous but it feels awesome.”
Eastie (14-0-4), the fourth seed, will face No. 9 St. John’s Prep in the division semifinals Wednesday in Danvers.
Flores thought the handball call was the right one.
“That was exactly [a handball],” Flores said.
“I was trying to pass to my partner and [the Somerville player] just touched the ball with his hands. That was so clear. The ref was so close so he just called it.”
Eastie’s best chance to win prior to the overtime came with approximately three minutes left in the second half when a header by Flores missed wide right.
The Jets also were the beneficiary of a little bit of luck in the first half when an apparent goal by Somerville (14-2-4) was overturned because the initial shot hit the crossbar of the football goal post, above the crossbar.
The win was sweet for Eastie, which was eliminated from last year’s tournament, 2-1, on penalty kicks, against Brookline.
“This was a really good game for our guys,” East Boston coach Lorenzo di Benedetto said. “This is a team, nobody even gave us credit to do anything. They came in, they matched [Somerville’s] style of play and it worked out.”