The Winchester Boys Soccer team improved its record to 8-0-2 with its 4-0 victory over Burlington High School on Oct. 4. The Sachems seem to thrive in rainy, night games--winning the last two games by a combined score of 10-0.
Against Burlington, Zach Samson scored the first two goals. The first came in the opening minutes off a pass by Marino Espiga. For the second goal, Samson dribbled through the Burlington defense and made a clean shot past the keeper. The third goal came from a perfect pass from Samson to Zach Landau in front of the net; Landau finished it off with a beautiful header into the goal.
In the second half, Matt Costa made it 4-0 with his first varsity goal.
The offense was complemented by outstanding defensive play. Alexi Taliadouros used his height and heading skills to send away many long balls served into the box. His hustle was unmatched; typical of his never quit attitude, he once slipped on the wet turf, then got up and chased down the attacker and stole the ball. In addition, his long throw-ins were a problem for Burlington all game and directly led to one of Winchester’s goals.
The few times Burlington got a shot on goal, Winchester’s trio of keepers controlled the ball and snuffed the threat. Senior Chris O’Connell played a flawless first half and then rested while Adrien Denis got some varsity experience. Cooper Harris spent some time playing in the field before he took the net to close out the game.
Coach Kambiz Vatan used this game to get some new faces on the pitch. Josh Dinardo, Nick Jerant-Hendrickson, Mirko Predny, and Colin Hickey all got substantial minutes in the game and provided evidence that Winchester will continue to be a soccer power in the Middlesex League in coming years.
With seven games remaining in the regular season, Winchester leads the Middlesex League with an 8-0-2 record and is the only undefeated team in the league. They play Wilmington, in second place with only one loss, on Monday, Oct 8, at 10 a.m. at Winchester’s Knowlton Field.
Date Opponent Result
- Sept. 6 Stoneham W, 2-1
- Sept. 8 Wakefield W, 2-1
- Sept. 11 Watertown T, 0-0
- Sept. 13 Reading W, 3-2
- Sept. 19 Belmont T, 1-1
- Sept. 21 Woburn W, 2-1
- Sept. 24 Lexington W, 2-0
- Sept. 29 Arlington W, 6-0
- Oct. 2 Melrose W, 1-0
- Oct. 4 Burlington W, 4-0