Photo: Senior Captain Daron Hamparian
Belmont High’s soccer squads have extended their seasons by qualifying for the MIAA playoffs this past week.
The Boys’, with a record of 7-3-5, secured their place in the post-season with an emphatic 4-1 road victory over the SpyPonders of Arlington High on Thursday, Oct. 13. It marks a return for the Marauders to the Division 2 North playoffs after missing the post-season in 2015, a disappointing follow-up to the sectional semi-final appearance in 2014.
The team, under third-year coach Brian Bisceglia-Kane, has been powered by senior leadership with a backline headed by defender Edward Stafford, with Luckson Dambo controlling the midfield and team scoring leader Daron Hamparian adding punch to the lineup. The season highlighted so far was a 1-0 away victory over a then undefeated and ranked Lexington team.
The boys’ play Woburn home at The Harris on Tuesday, Oct. 18
Belmont Girls’ again visits the playoffs after defeating a depleted Watertown High squad, 8-0, on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The Girls’, at 7-2-3, lost only its second game this season, falling at home to Arlington, 2-0, on Thursday, Oct. 13.
It comes as no surprise that junior left wing/forward Carrie Allard has been the go-to player as she is one of the Middlesex League leading scorers. Goalie Georgia Parsons has six shutouts while seniors Emma Sass and Rachel Berets control the midfield for Paul Graham’s squad.
The girls travel of Woburn on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. game.
Both teams are now seeking to finish in the top eight places in Division 2 North to secure an opening round home game.