~Submitted on behalf of the BHS Boys Varsity Soccer Team
The 2022 Bedford Boys Varsity Soccer team is seeking an unprecedented fifth straight DCL Foley Division title. While the season is long, the early returns are promising, as the Bucs started with 3 straight wins against Burke (Dorchester, Waltham, and Weston).
Coming next, Westford Academy at home on September 24, followed by Kicks for Cancer at CCHS later that day.
Burke (Dorchester), September 10
The first regular season match was a non-league tilt on Saturday, September 10 at Sabourin field against Burke (Dorchester). The Bucs blitzed the Bulldogs 7-0 behind a relentless offensive attack backended by a stout defensive effort. Senior captain Devan Kaushik started the goal-fest with a header off a well-placed throw-in from junior Miles Herzog, one of his two assists on the day.
The Bucs poured it on after that, scoring another two goals before the half, highlighted by junior Shae Arsenault scoring his first varsity goal.
Not resting with a 3-goal lead, Bedford continued to attack in the second half with sophomore Noah Hufendiek scoring his first varsity goal off of a back heel pass from Kaushik. Arsenault tallied again, followed by sophomore Spencer Goss to make it 6-0.
Freshman Evan Luedde scored his first varsity goal on a well-struck free kick to close out the scoring. The defense was led by goalie and senior captain Ansh Aggrawal, senior captain Luca Melfi, and juniors Sean Morrison and Sawyer Elliott. Senior captain Tomas Ou controlled the midfield with senior Austin Cullis and juniors Eshan Pandey and Christian Hill consistently pressuring Burke on the wings.
The Vince was awarded to senior Connor Lewis for his hustle, positivity, and enthusiasm.
Waltham, September 13
The Bucs battled Waltham in a league match under the lights at Sabourin field on Tuesday, September 13.
Spencer Goss was awarded the Vince for his hustle all over the field and scoring both Bucs goals in the 2-1 victory. His second tally was a laser into the left corner of the goal off a Kaushik feed, breaking a 1-all tie late in the first half.
The second half was a defensive battle. Sophomore Max Mezheritskiy, along with Melfi, Morrison, and Elliott contained the Waltham attack. Sophomore Jake Bowman shrugged off a ball to the face early in the game and played strong defensive soccer, and senior Anriudh Kumar was making hustle plays all over the field. Tomas Ou patrolled the midfield, repeatedly stopping Waltham attacks and settling the Bucs after the end-to-end play. Waltham would not be deterred, aiming to get the equalizer as time wound down. The Hawks constantly pressured the Bucs, who were on their heels late in the game. However, the Bucs defense held firm, and Aggrawal made a diving stop on a Waltham cross late in the game to preserve the win.
Weston, September 15
The Bucs returned to action Thursday, September 15, traveling to Weston to face the Wildcats where they came away with a 3-0 victory. Goss started the scoring 3 minutes into the game with a beautiful header off a Kaushik corner kick.
With a little over 8 minutes left in the first half, Herzog put the Bucs up 2-0, battling in front of the net before knocking it home. Bedford largely controlled the second half and Kaushik scored on a great pass from Herzog with 7:47 left to ice the game.
Sophomores Ronan Melfi (disciplined midfield play) and Leo Natalizio (barely missing a header goal) played solid games, and the back line of Luca Melfi, Morrison, and junior Akira Ung helped to keep the clean sheet and make light work for Aggrawal in the net.
Morrison was awarded the Vince for his stellar defensive effort.
Next up: Westford Academy, September 21, on Sabourin Field, then Kicks for Cancer at CCHS on September 24
The Bucs are next in action at home on Wednesday, September 21 at 4 pm against Westford Academy.
On Saturday, September 24, the Bucs will take part in the Kicks for Cancer at Concord-Carlisle High School.
The Kicks for Cancer event is a fundraiser for cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is highlighted by 20 soccer matches played by a number of local high schools, including the Bedford Girls and Boys Varsity teams.
The BHS Girls Varsity game kicks off at 4:45 pm versus Acton-Boxborough.
The BHS Boys Varsity plays Wayland at 7 pm.
For more information, please see the Kicks for Cancer website – https://www.kicksforcancer1.org/
Update 9/20/2022: More information about Kicks for Cancer