A Catholic Conference soccer win on the road is hard-earned.
BC High kicked off conference play on Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over host Xaverian (1-2) in Westwoood, with junior midfielder Leon Djusberg delivering the lone goal two minutes into the second half.
“Xaverian is a very tough place to get a victory,’’ said BC High coach Billy Ryan. “We kept our composure, kept possession, and created opportunities.’’
The Eagles (2-0) converted on the counterattack. BC High senior captain Manny Pestana led left wing Ryan Cuozzo into the offensive zone with a flawless pass, which drew the Xaverian defense to the left side of the field.
Cuozzo then crossed the ball to the 18, opening up an opportunity for Djusberg, who drilled the top left corner of the net on a one-timer.
Even with the lead, Ryan was not content to sit back on defense.
“We stayed aggressive all game,’’ he said. “[Xaverian junior keeper Pat Flaherty] stoned us on a couple of breakaways, and they remained in the match because of that.
“But our goalkeeper [Mike Ball] was strong, too,’’ while lauding Xaverian’s tough style of play.
“We play a 4-3-3, and we play a very competitive style,’’ said Ryan. “Much like Xaverian, we like to counter, and we have some players that we like to isolate to create scoring opportunities.’’
Central Catholic 1, Sandwich 0 — Zachary Acciardo scored the lone goal for the Raiders in the 23d minute, with Eric Roderick assisting.
Manchester Essex 5, Ipswich 2 — Max Branford netted both goals for the Tigers.
Medford 8, Methuen 2 — Senior Josh Crespo fired in five goals for the Mustangs.
Nauset 3, Martha’s Vineyard 0 — Junior James McCully had two goals and an assist to lead the fourth-ranked Warriors (4-0).
St. John’s Prep 7, Malden Catholic 1 — Sophomore Sam Smith and junior Andrew Dembowski scored their first varsity goals for the Eagles (3-1).
Norwood 4, Catholic Memorial 1 — Jose Osorto netted three goals for the Mustangs.
Berwick 4, Governor’s Academy 1 — Brendan Tribastone (Newburyport) scored all four goals for the Bulldogs, while Camden Kennedy of Marblehead connected for the Govs.
Malden Catholic 28, Winchester 21 — Colin Sullivan hooked up with Alex Eaton on a 4-yard toss with four seconds remaining to lift the Sachems. Winchester quarterback Liam Fitzpatrick threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Kellen Field rushed for three scores for the Lancers (1-1).
West Bridgewater 28, South Shore Voc-Tech 6 — Christian Keeling rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries for the Wildcats (2-0).
Monomoy 16, Matignon 8 — Eli Nickerson’s interception with 1:48 remaining set up a 1-yard rush by Jake Wisniewski for the go-ahead score for 2-0 Monomoy.
Salem 24, Bishop Connolly 6 — Jared Lubas powered the Witches to victory, racking up 87 yards and a touchdown on nine carries while completing 5 of his 10 passes for 49 yards.
North Reading 21, Hamilton-Wenham 12 — Matt McCarthy rushed for a pair of touchdowns to power the Hornets.
Cathedral 32, Hull 16 — Junior Khalil Blair had three touchdowns for the Panthers (2-0).
East Bridgewater 6, West Bridgewater 0 — Senior MacKenzie Vlachos (three goals) registered her 144th career point, a school record, for the 4-0 Vikings.
Hull 6, Winthrop 1 — Freshman Lauren Anastos notched her second hat trick of the season to lead the Pirates (3-1).
Senior captain Caitlin Ryan added two goals for the fourth straight game, and sophomore Lilly Whelan netted her first goal.
Lowell 3, Somerville 0 — Jenna Lowell sparked the Red Raiders with a goal and an assist while Carley Bostwick and Hannah Erickson had goals.
Woburn 6, Billerica 1 — Sophomore Erica Gangi netted three goals and added an assist for the Tanners.
Phillips Andover 2, Rivers 0 — Strikers Zoe Oasis and Maddy Silveira each netted a goal for the Big Blue (1-1).
Worcester Academy 2, Groton 1 — Anisha Hill scored in the 75th minute off a feed from Nilou Asdigha to lift the Hilltoppers (2-0). Asdigha also scored on a pass from Alli Pestaina.
Ursuline 5, Arlington Catholic 0 — Forward Kellie Topkin scored a hat trick to lift the Bears (1-2-1).
Worcester Academy 1, Brooks 1 — Senior Sydney LaPointe scored in the second half as the Hilltoppers pulled out the draw.
Middleborough 3, Nantucket 0 — The Sachems (3-2) took the match in straight sets, 25-6, 25-19, 25-20.
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