Boys Soccer Falls to Newton North at the Season Opener By Gigi Anello

Walpole Rebels Boys Varsity Soccer lost to Newton North on Wednesday Sept. 5 for their season opener.

“Today, obviously wasn’t what we hoped for with a loss to start off the season, but I thought we played well for the majority of the game,” junior Conor Brady said.

Junior Conor Brady (#6) fights for the ball.

During the first half, Walpole connected the majority of their passes and had good runs towards the Tigers goal with help of senior midfielders Aidan Murray, Conor McDonough and junior midfielder Dan Colbert.

When Colbert was making his way down field, two Tigers double-teamed him and caused him to fall to the ground. Colbert limped off the field and did not return. His absence affected the chemistry between the three midfielders.

“After the loss of Colbert, we were hurt in the midfield since he is such a big presence on the field,” Brady said.

Head Coach, Lee Delaney, substituted senior Darius Martinez in for injured player, Dan Colbert. Adjusting to the change, Senior Mike Dicenzo moved from stopper to center midfield and Martinez took Dicenzo’s original position as stopper.

Darius Martinez (#14) fills in for Dan Colbert.

With 7:47 left in the first half, the Tigers got the ball passed senior goalie, Dennis Crowley.

“The goal was a moral setback,” Mcdonough said.

During the second half of the game neither team was able to put the ball in the back of the net. Newton North’s defense remained solid, and Walpole’s defense improved, holding the Tigers to one goal all game.

Goalie Dennis Crowley throws the ball to his teammate after a save in the second half.

“Overall, as bad as a tough loss like this is, I think it was a good learning opportunity and is going to lead to success later on in the season,” Brady said.

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