The Bedford High School boys’ soccer team passes the regular-season midway point this week with some momentum: over the last one-and-a-half games, they have outscored the opposition 6-to-1.
Bedford takes its 3-1-3 record to host Weston for a Wednesday afternoon game, followed by a Saturday morning trip to Westford Academy.
Head Coach Dave Boschetto’s Buccaneers registered their second shutout of the year on Thursday, 2-0 in Waltham. Near the end of the first half, senior midfielder Shae Arsenault gathered a ball in midfield and played it forward to junior Captain Spencer Goss. Goss crossed the ball to sophomore Max Elliott who finished at the back post.
That turned out to be the game-winner. The insurance goal came 10 minutes into the second half. Junior forward Leo Natalizio beat the Waltham defense to a punt from junior goalkeeper Grant Bouchard. Natalizio’s subsequent shot was deflected by the Waltham goalkeeper but finished by junior Rafa Mense.
The defense held up behind strong play from center backs senior Capt. Sean Morrison and junior Ronan Melfi. Senior Sawyer Elliott won balls in the midfield throughout.
Tuesday’s 6-3 home win over longtime Dual County League rival Wayland was paced by Natalizio’s four goals.
Wayland actually struck first on a goal off a corner five minutes into the game. Bedford’s response came five minutes later when Natalizio headed in a cross from Goss. Natalizio put Bedford up 2-1 later in the half, settling and finishing a long ball from junior Max Mezheritsky.
The score was 2-2 at the break, and then the Bucs exploded for four goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half, two more for Natalizio, and one each for Goss and Mense. Senior Eshan Pandey had two assists and juniors Jake Bowman and Vivek Joseph registered one each.
[Editor’s Note: Wednesday’s game against Weston was originally reported as an away game, but it is a home game.]