Shrewsbury boys soccer falls to St. Johns in competitive cross-town matchup

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By Jesse Kucewicz, Contributing Writer

 A Shrewsbury player wrestles for position against a St. John’s player.
A Shrewsbury player wrestles for position against a St. John’s player.
(Photo/Jesse Kucewicz)

SHREWSBURY – The Shrewsbury Boys varsity soccer team fell to Saint John’s High School in a matchup, Sept. 18, making their current record 1-2-1 on the season.

Saint John’s struck first with a goal in the 35th minute from sophomore Adrian Sobczak. That sent them into halftime with a 1-0 lead.

The Pioneers would extend their lead to 2-0 early in the second half before a 30-yard strike from Shrewsbury junior Jack Dowling narrowed the deficit to one. With less than ten minutes remaining in the game, though, Shrewsbury couldn’t find another goal to equalize. The match ended with a final score of 2-1 in favor of Saint John’s.

“Anytime Shrewsbury and Saint John’s play it’s going to be a tough battle,” said Shrewsbury Head Coach Matt Wheeler. “Credit to them, they were organized, they won the box defensively and offensively, and they got on the end of a couple balls.”

The Colonials’ first loss of the season came in a home matchup against Framingham where they also fell 2-1, causing some frustration within the squad.

“We have to find a way to win close games, simple as that,” Wheeler said. “We’ve dropped three or four points already in four games with one-goal games, so we have to find a way.” 

Wheeler noted that his squad is younger than in previous years. There are improvements to be made as the season continues, he said, so long as they stick to their game plan.

“We are fairly young,” Wheeler said. “But when you compete at the high level that we compete at, there’s really no room for error. Kids need to step up, the coaches need to step up, it all needs to be better.”

 

 

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