-Submitted on behalf of the BHS Boys Varsity Soccer Team
Over the last few weeks, the Bedford Boys Varsity Soccer team built on their three game win streak that started the season, though not everything has gone their way. The Buccaneers currently stand at 6-1-2 (5-1-1 within DCL league play) atop the DCL Foley Division, as they get ready to play two non-league opponents in the upcoming week.
Westford Academy, September 21
The Bucs won their fourth straight game with a 1-0 victory over Westford Academy at home. Bedford struck early as Anirudh Kumar scored off a Spencer Goss pass just 3:30 into the game. Goalie Ansh Aggarwal made a leaping save just over 5 minutes later, maintaining the one goal advantage. Max Mezheritskiy played well on the back line making multiple hustle plays and strong defensive tackles to stop Westford attacks. Westford was on the move late in the first half when Tomas Ou made an outstanding tackle to thwart the run, and start a Bedford transition. Miles Herzog headed the ball to Colin Viera who pressed the attack, leading to a Bucs’ corner kick. Bedford could not convert and the game remained 1-0 at the half. Bedford started the second half strong, as Viera and Herzog again applied the pressure, just missing a scoring opportunity in the 51st minute. Around the 65 th minute Westford started to take control of the match, consistently possessing the ball, leaving the Bucs scrambling. Akira Ung and Sean Morrison combined to stop a deep Westford attack near the goal line at the 71st minute and Aggarwal made a fingertip save at the 78 th minute to preserve the 1-0 victory. Akira Ung was awarded the Vince for his strong defensive game.
Wayland, September 24
The Bucs lost a heartbreaker 1-0 to Wayland at the annual Kicks for Cancer game played under the lights at Concord-Carlisle high school. Both schools traveled well, bringing many students to the fundraiser for cancer research and match and making for a fun and charged atmosphere. The scoreless first half was evenly played with both teams having some scoring chances, but neither taking control of the game. In the second half physical play dominated as both teams hustled, tugged at shirts, and bodied their opponents. Surprisingly, Bedford was handed three yellow cards in the half, and Wayland took advantage. A free kick given to Wayland after one of the cards deep in Bedford’s defensive zone led to a corner kick, which Wayland put into the back of the net at the 70th minute. Bedford pressed hard for the final 10 minutes, mounting a few scoring chances, but was unable to gain the equalizer. Strong play from Devan Kaushik earned him the Vince, and he was supported by Tomas Ou, Luca Melfi, and Austin Cullis.
Acton-Boxborough, September 28
Bedford tried to bounce back from their only loss of the season, but was unable to mount a consistent offensive attack in a 0-0 tie at home vs Acton-Boxborough (A-B). The defense kept Bedford in the game as Sawyer Elliott, Sean Morrison, Luca Melfi, Max Mezheritskiy, Akira Ung, and Ian Grove all played well to limit the Revolution’s scoring opportunities. When A-B did get a shot off, goalie Ansh Aggarwal stood tall, making highlight reel diving saves at the 64th and 73rd minutes and earning the Vince.
Boston International, September 30
Bedford had to overcome a slow start to get back into the match after giving up an early goal. The Bucs failed to generate any offensive rhythm but managed to salvage a 2-2 tie in the non-league match. Christian Hill scored his first varsity goal and Sean Morrison earned the Vince with his unselfish play and consistent hustle all over the field.
Cambridge Rindge and Latin, October 3
The Bucs came out strong against the Falcons in a 3-1 win. The match was tight most of the way as both teams tried to assert themselves on the offensive front. The Bucs struck first on a header goal by Austin Cullis in the first half. The Falcons tied it in the middle of the second half, finishing off of a corner kick. At that point, the Bucs turned up the defensive pressure, which led to multiple chances on offense. Eshan Pandey found the back of the net late in the second half to give the Bucs a 2-1 lead. Minutes later Pandey (who was awarded the Vince) fed Anirudh Kumar on a cross, and he buried it to make it 3-1.
Boston Latin, October 6
Bedford escaped West Roxbury with a 1-0 victory against a determined Dragons squad. Boston Latin played a strong defensive game, keeping the Bucs off the board nearly the entire contest. However, with just about a minute left to play, Miles Herzog scored the lone goal to give the Bucs the victory. Tomas Ou was awarded the Vince for his strong midfield play, and Ansh Aggarwal and the defense posted their 5th shutout of the season.
The Bucs are back in action at home for both games this week: Tuesday, October 11 at 4pm vs KIPP Academy and Saturday, October 15 vs Natick.