Although their high school careers are barely a month old, Lowell boys’ soccer defenders Julian Enis and Penn Scoble don’t look like freshmen — and they certainly didn’t play like freshmen in the Cardinals’ impressive 4-1 win over Galileo in Academic Athletic Association play Tuesday.
Scoble, the Cardinals’ freshman stopper, headed in a corner kick from Mark Mastromonaco just eight minutes into the match, then teamed up with Enis on the back line for the rest of the game to lead a dominant defensive effort against the Lions.
“We played very well, especially on defense,” Cardinals coach Ernie Feibusch said. “[Enis and Scoble] have a pretty good future for us.”
Junior forward Hugo Moreano scored on an unassisted goal with 12 minutes to go in the first half andsenior forward Matteo Digiulio added two second-half goals for the Cardinals, who improved to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the AAA.
Equally impressive was the Cardinals’ defensive effort, as Lowell held the previously unbeaten Lions (2-1-2 overall and in the AAA) without a goal until a 79th-minute strike by Diego Juarez made the score 4-1.
“I thought we controlled the sidelines very authoritatively today,” Enis said. “Our forwards have been playing great for us all year and I think today the defense was able to step up and match them.”
Most of the action in the first half took place near Galileo’s goal, as Lowell sent a consistent wave of attackers on Lions goalkeeper Emiliano Bautista. Moreano’s first-half goal came after a he picked up a loose ball in the box and fired a blast into the upper-right corner, making the score 2-0.
The Cardinals kept the offensive onslaught going into the second half, led by the frontline combination of Moreano, Digiulio and senior Walker Weir. Weir’s perfect cross from the left side of the field past a slew of defenders set up Digiulio’s first goal of the game, which gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead at the 55th minute. Twenty-three minutes later, Moreano hooked up with Digiulio on a nearly identical play to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead.
“That first goal really hurt us,” Lions coach Brian O’Connor said. “After that, we didn’t play our type of game. They’ve got really big, aggressive defenders and we were putting the ball in the air instead of keeping them on the ground, and that’s the style of game Lowell plays really well.”
Lowell 4, Galileo 1