Bedford continued its undefeated season with a 1-1 away game tie against Concord-Carlisle on Sept. 26, bringing the boys soccer record to 6-0-1 (W/L/T).
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Rival DCL-large Concord-Carlisle has always fielded a talented soccer team, and Bedford knew this would be a challenging game. Bedford took the early lead with a goal less than 4 minutes into the first half. Marcus Voss advanced the ball up the right side of the field and crossed the ball in front of the goal to Matt McMillian, who one-touch volleyed the ball past the Concord-Carlisle goalie into the goal.
Bedford continued to mount attacks through the first half, but had to defend as well against the physically larger Concord-Carlisle team. Goalie Chris Venuti ran out and cleared the ball on a Concord-Carlisle break-away 9 minutes into the first half. He followed this up with a layout save less than 5 minutes later, and a point-blank save of a header off a corner 23 minutes in.
Light rain started and the half ended with Bedford leading 1-0.
Second half action
In the second half, Concord-Carlisle came out strong and pressured Bedford, attacking on Bedford’s defensive third of the field. Concord-Carlisle came very close to scoring several times, but was thwarted by Venuiti. After Venuiti came out of goal to make a save at the top of the box, Alex Oleksinski deflected a hard shot with his body on the goal line, preventing what would otherwise have been a C-C score.
The rain continued to increase, becoming a downpour, creating slick conditions and unpredictable ball movement. Bedford also produced its own strong scoring opportunities. Halfway through the second half, Max Alper headed a ball, but it was saved by the C-C goalie. This was followed up shortly by a one-on-one against the goalie by Matt McMillian. The goalie rushed out and Matt successfully chipped the ball over him, narrowly missing the goal wide.
With only 8 minutes left in the game, Concord-Carlisle took a strong shot on goal, which was deflected by Venuti. However, Concord was able to cross the ball back in front of the goal, resulting in an own-goal after taking an errant deflection off a Bedford defender.
Though Bedford redoubled their offensive efforts in the final minutes, they were unable to score.
“I thought we played really well in the second half, defending and creating good chances,” Coach David Boschetto said.
The Vince was awarded to Quin Houck for his tackles and excellent defense.
Upcoming games include the Kicks For Cancer game vs. Wayland (hosted in Concord-Carlisle) on Saturday and 4:15p.m. and a home game vs. Lincoln Sudbury on at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3.