In its first Catholic Conference game of the season, the St. John’s Prep boys’ soccer team set the tone early en route to a 3-1 victory over at Xavierian in Westwood.
“We knew it was going to be physical, but we matched their physicality,” said St. John’s Prep head coach Dave Crowell. “They’re always tough.”
A pair of goals from junior Ethan Ambrosh and a tally by classmate Max Davis gave the Eagles (2-2) a 3-0 lead just 14 minutes in.
“That was big for us,” said Crowell of the early advantage. “Our goal was to score first, which we hadn’t done in our previous games.”
The Hawks (2-3) struck for a goal at the 30-minute mark of the first, but that’s all Xaverian was able to muster as Prep’s senior goaltender Christian Buckley (six saves) shut out the Hawks the rest of the way, turning back a second-half penalty kick.
Arlington 4, Reading 1 — Junior striker Sean Donnelly scored a pair of goals for the Spy Ponders (4-0).
BC High 7, Malden Catholic 0 — Senior forward Shamar Rainford netted three goals for the host Eagles (1-2).
Belmont 3, Woburn 0 — Senior keeper Tomas Griffin recorded his third shutout of the season for the Marauders (4-0).
Belmont Hill 2, Phillips Andover 1 — Charlie Richard scored the winner with four minutes left to lift the Hillies.
Nauset 6, Monomoy 0 — Striker Avery Santoro scored a hat trick for the Warriors (4-0).
Watertown 4, Stoneham 1 — The Red Raiders (3-2) received two goals and an assist from senior Alex Egan.
Winchester 1, Lexington 0 — Giro DiBiase scored the game’s lone goal for the Sachems.
Dennis-Yarmouth 2, Bishop Stang 1 — Freshman forward Kayla McGaffigan scored the winner with 10 minutes remaining in regulation for the Dolphins (2-0-1).
Natick 6, Milton 0 — Junior Victoria Nochi scored twice and sophomore Maddie Clark earned the shutout for the Red Hawks.
Dana Hall 4, Cushing 0 — Sophomore Kate Bossert had a hat trick for Dana Hall (1-1).
Foxborough 5, Taunton 1 — Sophomore Jordyn Collins and freshman Kailee McCabe each scored a pair of goals for the Warriors (1-0-1).
Winthrop 3, Essex Tech 0 — Senior Emma Montanile and sophomores Erin Sharkey and Ashley Mitchell scored as the Vikings (4-0) remained unbeaten. Junior Amberly McCarter had the shutout.
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