Barnstable Red Raiders Close Out Regular Season
By: Tom Moran Jr.
It was a soccer match that featured more cards than a poker game but when all the pushing and shoving was over the Barnstable High boys’ soccer team closed out the 2010 regular season with a 4-0 win over Cape rival Dennis-Yarmouth on Monday.
With the win, the Red Raiders, who won the Old Colony League title with a 4-0-2 record, wound up their very successful regular season with a 9-4-3 record, getting goals from four players in a game that saw a total of six cards, four yellow and two red, handed out by game officials.
One of those red cards went to BHS stopper Andre Soares and the automatic two-game suspension that goes with a red card will deny the Red Raiders his services when MIAA South Sectional tournament play gets underway.
The action was very physical from the outset and as the game went on, players from both teams spent almost as much time in the air as did the ball, which finally resulted in the spate of penalty cards in the latter stages of the second half.
The Red Raiders got the only goal they would need with just 2:27 gone in the game when midfielder Newton Jordao collected a through pass from linemate Lucas Probst and pounded the ball past D-Y netminder Mike Lambais from five yards out.
That slim lead stayed in place until the 4:52-mark of the second half when forward Gui Campos beat Lambais with a rising shot from the left wing that slipped just inside the right goalpost for the score.
Backline defender Paulo Pinho got in on the scoring action and made it a 3-0 game when he headed home a Campos direct kick from 25 yards out and forward Caio Mitre capped the scoring at 17:34 by beating three Dolphins to a loose ball and sending a ground ball into the D-Y net.
One of the keys to the BHS victory was the solid defensive played turned in by Pinho, Max Penn, Dan Goncalves, Tales Coelho and Drew Puopolo.
In one of their best all-around games of the season, the Red Raiders spotted visiting Nauset an early goal before scoring three of their own to claim the 3-1 win at the BHS field on Saturday.
Trailing 1-0, the Red Raiders pulled even at the 24-minute mark on a goal by Mitre and then kept the pressure on the Warriors until the visitors finally knuckled under in the second half of play.
Jordao put the Red Raiders on top to stay with the first of his two goals at the seven-minute mark and then added an insurance goal by heading in a pass from Soares midway through the stanza.Draw Me A Tie
The Red Raiders saw a victory turn into a draw when host Martha’s Vineyard scored on a penalty kick with just five seconds left in the game to pull out the 2-2 non-league tie.
The Red Raiders got on the board first when Soares converted a penalty kick with 10 minutes gone in the first half and then snapped a 1-1 tie early in the second half as Campos booted home a perfectly-placed through pass from Tyler Almonte but the Vineyarders got the call and the late goal to escape with a point.
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