TOPSFIELD — The Masconomet boys soccer team dominated the field for nearly 78 minutes of play during yesterday’s Division 1 North first-round matchup against Chelsmford, but had nothing to show for it.
However, as the old saying goes — possession is nine-tenths of the law — the Chieftains were bound to come up with a goal sooner or later.
A late goal that trickled in off striker Stephen Pease’s head gave Masco a 1-0 victory over 17th-seeded Chelmsford.
Senior striker Keyon Olia took the ball to the end line and crossed it in front of the net, where Pease was positioned perfectly for the lone goal of the game with just under two minutes to play.
“Earlier in the game, we had a bunch of chances,” said senior captain and Cape Ann League Player of the Year Chip Sherman. “We knew our goal was going to come, we just had to be patient.”
Their patience paid off, as the Chieftains extend their undefeated record to 17 games this season and will host East Boston tomorrow (2 p.m.) in the quarterfinals.
Top-seeded Masco (17-0-2) had six shots on net in the opening half with opportunities from Michael Ennis, Sherman and Olia. The ball just didn’t bounce in the Chieftains’ favor, and Chelmsford goalkeeper Steve McLeod wasn’t letting anything by him.
“They’re a good team,” Chelmsford head coach Mike Parato said of Masco. “Every single player on their team can turn around, carry the ball and find an open guy. Their style of play just lends itself to fast attacks, and we knew that coming in.”
The Chieftains preserve their shutout streak, now with six in a row. Senior keeper Derek Grammer made the saves when he needed to, turning away two shots. Masco has allowed just four goals through 19 games, outscoring its opponents 61-4.