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|Dragon soccer back on track|
|Written by Nick Waltz|
|Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:48|
Coming off a pair of depressing defeats to Silver Lake (3-1) and Hingham (3-0), the Dragons needed to rebound. That’s exactly what they did, thoroughly controlling the play in a 4-1 win over the Marshfield Rams on Saturday afternoon in Duxbury.
The game started off extremely physical, with both teams trying to gain an edge until the action picked up around the 31:18 mark. Senior Calder Stames intercepted a pass and hit Kaeden McClintock in stride. McClintock then found Greg Ford, who was in scoring position. However, the refs whistled Ford for an offside ending the home team’s possession.
After some back and forth action, Marshfield appeared to have something going. But senior Brady Duggan stepped up and made a huge play helping Duxbury regain possession. After driving the ball down field it ended up on the foot of Stames, who fired it to McClintock, who in turn made a pretty pass to Brendan Burke before a Marshfield defender knocked it out of the box.
The action picked up again at the 27:35 mark where the wily veteran Ford was able to draw a foul that led to a scoring chance for Duxbury. The Dragons were able to cross it and get a great look at the net. However, Stames’ header was stuffed by Rams’ goaltender Trevor Scollen.
With both teams pressing and trying to make plays it was a game of who was going to deliver the first blow. Senior Jason Dorsett forcefully stopped a Marshfield attack with 21:08 remaining in the first, as neither team was able to make much happen for the next minute or so with both teams gaining and losing possession of the ball.
Marshfield was able to come out of a scrum and get a good shot on net, but goalie Rufus Adams made an athletic diving save to end the possession. With both teams still trying to figure out the defense and get good scoring chances, Duxbury solved the puzzle first.
Junior Chadd Doyle made a brilliant shake and bake move and lost his defender, delivering a beautiful cross to Quinn O’Connor who netted it for a 1-0 lead.
Duxbury used the momentum as a springboard and was able to keep its energy up, scoring again at the 14:50 mark on a great shot by junior Nile Dillon.
Two minutes later Brendan Duffy made an athletic stop on the defensive end giving the Dragon possession again. With both teams going at each other the defensive intensity and physicality picked up with Doyle clearing the ball from the Dragons’ end at the nine-minute mark.
After great saves by Rufus and an excellent stand by a Duxbury defense anchored by Dorsett and Ben Caliendo, the Dragons ended the half with a 2-0 lead.
The second half started much the same way with the bitter rivals battling it out. Caliendo got it started when he had a great clear out of the Duxbury zone with 39:16 left. The ball found its way to Ford, who threaded a pass to McClintock that was knocked away.
McClintock was fouled with 36 minutes remaining leading to a great scoring chance. However, Scollen was able to make a good save and put an end to the home team’s possession.
After more back and forth action Duggan made another physical stop to gain possession for Duxbury. As the time started to dwindle, so did Marshfield’s threat for a comeback, especially after Jared Amodio delivered a pretty pass to O’Connor, who scored another beauty to put the Dragons up 3-0 with 22:44 remaining on the clock.
With 13 minutes left and victory in sight, Coach Brian Johnson emptied his bench, putting Will Kalos, Ian Wyllie, James Sullivan, Max Butcher, and Matt Huang in the game.
Matt Saia was rewarded for his hustle and hard work by converting an athletic header at the 9:50 mark for an insurmountable 4-0 lead.
The Rams were able to ruin the Duxbury shutout bid when they scored a late goal on a free kick in the box resulting from a handball.
“If felt nice to get the win over Marshfield, they are a really good team,” said Coach Johnson.
After taking on Quincy yesterday afternoon, the Dragons will travel to North Quincy on Thursday at 4 p.m.