Photo: Belmont’s Carrie Allard who scored a hat trick against East Boston.
After winning its “Boston Bye” in the first round of the Div. 2 North Sectionals, Belmont High School Girls’ Soccer will be looking to create a little magic of its own when it travels to take on the second-ranked Marblehead High School Magicians on Monday, Nov 9 at 4 p.m.
The 10th-seeded Marauders (12-6) walked by the 6th-ranked East Boston High School Jets, 8-0, after leading 6-0 at the half in the game played on Thursday, Nov. 5. Sophomore forward Carrie Allard scored the hat trick, keeping up her recent goal scoring pace while Emma Sass and Kristin Gay tallied two assists each against Eastie (11-4-2). And role players Isabella Jaen Maisonet and Morgan Krauss scored a goal to round out the afternoon.
Belmont Head Coach Paul Graham took the game for what it was, a mismatch in talent and skills with an overwhelmed city school – East Boston did not register a shot on goal for the game – that allowed him to play three goalies and his entire bench in a game that had the feel of a practice session.
“I told [my assistants], once we get one, the rest will come quick. It was bing, bing, bing, and it was over,” said Graham.
Yet Graham knows that Monday, the challenge will be much steeper against the 16-2-1 Magicians, which had a surprisingly difficult time against the Middlesex League’s Melrose – which Belmont defeated 5-0 in the regular season – needing a late goal to win, 3-2.
“Fortunately enough, these girls know [the East Boston] game isn’t the norm so we’ll practice pressuring the ball because we know we can’t sit back and let them come at us like we did with Arlington (Belmont lost both games to the SpyPonders). We learned from those games and that’s why we’ve been playing well the last quarter of the season.”