MIDDLETON — What a difference having a game under their belts made for the Bishop Fenwick boys soccer team.
Just one day after being blanked by Beverly, the Crusaders were on the other side in a 9-0 victory of host North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie.
This was the first game of the season for the young North Shore Tech Hawks, who have a new coach and are trying to learn a new system.
“We’re very young and are trying to jell together,” said coach Joel Spruance. “We have a few freshmen starting and all the players are still learning the new system, but I was pleased the way all our guys kept their composure. We’ve got things to work on before we get into our league schedule.
“It’s exciting to play a team like Bishop Fenwick. They’re good ... and that’s the kind of team we want to be. I saw some good things out there as well as the areas we have to work on.”
Fenwick wasted little time getting on the board after Rishad DeSilva was tripped in the box as Jimmy Brophy drilled a shot past Hawk goalie Jeremy Smalley for a quick 1-0 lead. Iftimi Arapi scored the first of his two goals (with DeSliva assisting) midway through the first half for a 2-0 advantage, and Greg Enos set up sophomore Troy Belleville for the first of his two scores for a 3-0 lead in a half that Fenwick totally dominated.
“This is a good confidence builder,” said Arapi, one of five Crusader captains. “We lost our confidence in the Beverly game (a 4-0 loss) nd it’s important to get it back.”
Fenwick coach Nick Padovani had a chance to get a good look at all his players yesterday afternoon and was especially pleased with the underclassmen.