-Submitted on behalf of the BHS Boys Varsity Soccer Team
The Bedford Boys Varsity Soccer team concluded their regular season with a 4-1 win over Natick last Saturday. The Bucs finished with an 11-2-2 mark (7-2-1 in DCL play), and are ranked #3 for the Division 2 State Tournament.
The Bucs played a non-league match against Natick on Oct. 29, coming away with a 4-1 victory. The Bucs started fast at less than 2 minutes into the game, Tomas Ou drilled a beautiful shot into the net from 25 yards out to stake Bedford to a 1-0 lead. The Bucs kept the pressure on, generating chances in the Natick zone leading to multiple corner kicks. Owen Savage’s passing created opportunities, and Spencer Goss’s excellent shot at 17 minutes was saved, keeping the game at 1-0. Natick cashed in on their major opportunity as Bedford was called for a foul in the box, leading to a penalty kick that tied the score at 1. From that point forward, Bedford dominated the game.
At the 25 minute mark Bedford had three consecutive corner kicks, but could not convert. The Bucs continued possessing the ball in the Natick zone leading to additional chances. On Bedford’s 7th corner kick of the half, Devan Kaushik found Sawyer Elliott, whose header gave Bedford a 2-1 lead in the 33rd minute. In the 37th minute, Ou took another nice shot that was saved, and the Natick goalie played it out quickly hoping to start a Red Hawk run. Ou hustled all the way back to make a nice tackle, regain possession, and start another Bedford attack. Right before halftime, Bedford scored again, as Goss’s low laser shot was saved by the Natick goalie, but led to a rebound that Eshan Pandey banged home for a 3-1 Bucs advantage.
Natick tried to respond early in the second half, making a nice offensive run just 30 seconds after the break, however the shot went just wide. Anirudh Kumar finished the Bedford scoring with a goal in the second half to provide the final margin of victory. Akira Ung, Sean Morrison, and Jake Bowman played strong defensive games making numerous tackles. Goalie Ansh Aggarwal made nice second half saves, and received help from his defenders. Elliott, who scored in the first half, played a stellar defensive second half, making a great save with his legs after an Aggarwal save on an initial shot left him out of position for the subsequent shot that Elliott would turn away. Christian Hill continued his strong play with an assist and continuous hustle, while Miles Herzog and Ronan Melfi controlled the midfield throughout the game.
Bedford plays in an MIAA Division 2 state tournament game at home on Monday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at Sabourin Field.
[Editor’s note: The start time for the Monday 11/7 game was moved from 5pm to 6pm.]