The Sachems are now 2-0 on the season, as they beat Wakefield 2-1 on Saturday.
In their first game on Wednesday, Wakefield beat Arlington 2-0, and they came out strong against Winchester, but the Sachems turned in a real team effort--everyone did his job and contributed to the win over Wakefield.
The early going was tough for the Sachems. Wakefield came out more aggressive and more skilled than in past years, putting the Sachems on their heels. Then, less than 3 minutes into the game, the Sachems' keeper, Chris O'Connell slipped and had to watch from the ground while the Wakefield forward tapped the ball into the empty net.
Wakefield continued to press, but Zach Samson scored the equalizer mid-way through the first half. Samson also got the assist on the go ahead goal for Winchester, when he was fouled inside the box. Marino Espiga took the penalty kick and put the ball in the lower right-side of the net, freezing the keeper in the middle of the goal.
The Wakefield goalie and defenders were kept busy by Winchester's offense. A strong team effort included quick breaks from Nick Stern, Ben Hodges, Kevin Calnan and Zach Samson, and shots from all sides by John Downs, Zack Landau, and Matt Costa.
The pressure and the 2-1 lead held up through the second half, and Winchester is off to a good start in the Middlesex League.
Upcoming games are at home versus Watertown on Tuesday and away versus Reading on Thursday. You can also look for some games to be delay broadcast on WinCam.