Concord Carlisle Digs Deep to Beat Acton-Boxborough- The Boston Globe
9/19/2015 11:14 AM

Concord-Carlisle digs deep to beatActon-Boxboro


Coach Peter Fischelis knew the strength of 12th-ranked Concord-Carlisle would be the depthbacking up its talented starters.

In their first test of the year at home against fourth-ranked Acton-Boxboro, it was that depth that helped the Patriots outlast the Colonials in a tense, 3-2 girls’ soccer victory Fridayafternoon.

After a back-and-forth first half that featured six fouls, two yellow cards, and chippy play, the score was even at 2.

It was more of the same high-paced soccer after the break, with both goalies making crucial saves until a ricochet on a free kick in the 73d minute made its way to senior Madeline Leahy, who calmly found the back of the net and put her Patriots (4-0) up for good.

A goal by senior Melissa Bamberry in the seventh minute put Acton-Boxboro up early, but senior Meg Wilson tied it in the 16th. The visitors grabbed the lead back in the 29th when junior Katherine Silva scored, but the hosts knotted the score again when senior MaggieD’Eramo sneaked in a goal before the end of the half.

Near the end of the game, Acton-Boxboro looked winded while Concord-Carlisle and its bevy of subs looked comfortable with the up tempo play.

“The beauty of having the depth that we have is that we can just keep coming at teams,” said Fischelis, who used 18 players. “When we get tired we get new players in there and there’s no difference in the level of play. Most teams don’t have that.”

It was the Patriots’ first win against the Colonials in three years.
“This was a big test for us; our first test for us in the DCL Large,” said Fischelis. “To get a win

after a couple of years of struggling against A-B, it just shows that we’re the real deal and we’re ready.”

The Colonials dropped to 1-2, doubling their loss total from last year.

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