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June 27, 2013

Ennis, South take care of business in Agganis Men's Soccer Classic

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“As soon as I heard that the guys made the team, we started texting back and forth all excited about it,” Chase explained. “It’s good to get back with these guys. We had four guys here from our program and it’s exciting for them.

“It’s nice to have the kids just kick the ball around. Most of them have never played together before, but they still managed to put together a good performance. It’s nice for their families to come back and see their kids play one last time.”

Salem’s Alex Carvajal netted a goal and an assist and was named MVP for the North. Usually an opponent of the North’s coach Kevin Leahy (Beverly), Carvajal sparked a late run for his team.

“Alex had a great, great game for us,” noted Leahy. “He settled us down and got us somewhat back into the game.”

Leahy’s son Conor, a two-time Northeastern Conference Large MVP, was solid up and down the field last night— showing his versatility at midfield and playing defense when needed.

“I’ve coached this a few times over the years, it’s always been a good time,” added the elder Leahy. “It was nice to be able to coach Conor one last time.”

St. John’s Prep goalie Ben Alpern logged some minutes in the opening half for the North, before coming out with an injury after getting a cleat to the face, while making a save.

Bishop Fenwick’s Mike MacKenzie and Mike Napolitano and Hamilton-Wenham’s Nick Fusco all played significant time for South.

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