HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER: Marshfield flashes potential to strike in Patriot League – Enterprise News

MARSHFIELD — The Marshfield High boys soccer team didn’t want to lose ground in a race to the top of the Patriot League.

The Rams were handed their first loss of the season by Silver Lake, 1-0, on Monday, and wanted to rebound Wednesday against Quincy, one of the many quality opponents residing in the Patriot League, to kick off the team’s upcoming homestand.

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Wednesday went according to Marshfield coach Paul Turner’s plan, as the Rams improved to 3-1-1 on the season after pouncing on the Quincy, 5-0, at Anderson Field.

“We really let ourselves down on Monday against Silver Lake, didn’t play well at all and it was important for us to bounce straight back,” said Turner. “We’ve been playing well up until Monday, so I just said to the guys that we didn’t become a bad team overnight, we just have to do what we do.”

Though Quincy entered play Wednesday winners of three of its last four games, the Presidents simply couldn’t match the Rams collective offensive firepower. Marshfield’s five goals were struck by four different scorers.

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Junior forward Cody Holbert netted a pair of goals in the second half (‘50, ‘56) to lead the way. Junior Fionn Hamilton and senior Alex McKay found the back of the net in the first half, propelling the Rams to a 2-0 lead at halftime and sophomore midfielder Kaiden Puglia put the finishing touches on the win with a goal with 13 minutes left to play. 

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With the help of a stifling defensive effort from the Rams’ backfield, junior keeper Eamon Hume held the Presidents scoreless.

“We definitely came out here and our defense was strong, moved the ball around and got a great win,” Holbert said.

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“I think our back four are very, very good and Eamon was struggling with his confidence a little bit earlier on in the season,” Turner said, “but I think he’s going to have a good season for us. I’m really happy with how we’re defending.”

Throughout Turner’s nine years coaching the Rams, he estimates that he’s never had a player score more than 12 goals in a single season. With two against Quincy, Holbert upped his total to six and with plenty of season left to play.

“I really want to win a playoff game, but if I get that (record), I’ll be really happy,” Holbert said. “And if (a) teammate gets it before me, I’ll be ecstatic.”

“I’m hoping to get a couple of goal-scorers in double figures, at least,” said Turner, “and I think if we do, we’ll win a lot of games.”

Despite the loss, Quincy still finds itself above the .500 mark, joining Hingham, Marshfield and Plymouth North as Patriot League teams eyeing regional supremacy. Senior Ryan Doherty has been among the league’s top scorers this season, and senior Daniel Pakkala ranks among the top facilitators with five assists. Tom O’Neil has also chipped in two goals and two assists for the Presidents to start his junior season.

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“Tough one tonight, but I’m looking at it as a learning opportunity,” said Quincy coach Dan Mongo. “Marshfield is one of the best teams in the league so we want to measure ourselves against that type of team. Today, we saw where we were so we saw we have a lot more work to do.”

“It’s a tough schedule, it’s a tough league, but I’m glad that these guys are seeing the best of the best now because our goal is to make the tournament and make some noise when we get to the dance,” Mongo added. “Games like this will prepare us better for when those times come.”



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