Watertown South’s Pierre Labossiere clashes with Wakefield North’s Braden Carroll as he tries to snatch the ball from him. (JAKOB MENENDEZ)
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LYNN – The North All-Star Soccer team shut out the South All-Stars 7-0 last night at Manning Field in a game that wasn’t close from the start.
The North’s ability to keep possession and swarm in defense made it difficult for the South to score.
Gloucester High School’s Andrew Coelho, the reigning Northeastern Conference MVP, continued his dominance and won the Northeast MVP. Coelho himself had a hat trick and a sweet assist that helped his selection.
While Coelho was happy with the way he played, the game against the South All-Stars was just a fun experience.
“It was really great to get the chance to play with some of my hometown friends for the last time, and it was really nice to be able to play against some of the kids that I’ve seen in the club over the years. years and having this last experience here at the famous Manning Bowl,” Coelho said.
Although an All-Star game is mostly about fun rather than the scorecard, the North played like a well-oiled machine.
He received considerable help with goals from Ryan Noci of Bishop Fenwick High School, Jack Patten of Gloucester High School and the duo of Aidan Gauvain and Brennan Johnston of Masconomet High School.
Everyone’s contributions and hard play led to this lopsided result, leaving Nord coach Armondo Marnoto amazed and begging for more.
“We got a comment from the other team, it looked like we had been training for weeks on how these kids just gelled, so thanks to them; they were wonderful, and I hope we can play East and West because I would like to keep this team for the summer,” Marnoto said.
Amid a blowout, there were a few bright spots for the South, including play by Lynn Classical High School’s Jair Alvarez, the South’s MVP. He had some of the best scoring chances for the South, including a rocket from a 30-yard free kick that just hit the right crossbar.
Eric Moreno, who coached the South All-Stars, loved the game of Alvarez, who he also coached at Lynn Classical.
“It’s always been a pleasure to train him, he’s very technical. He’s ready. He’s going to play at Salem State. It’s a really good program, so you can tell when he was on the court, he showed he was a college-level player,” Moreno said.
These Agganis All-Star games are as enjoyable and fulfilling for the coaches as they are for the players.
When asked to coach the South All-Stars, Moreno said, “It was a great honor. You know I’ve been coaching the Classic for four years now, and there’s usually great coaches running these games, and to be selected and come to mind to be in this game, it was a great honor, I enjoyed.
For Marnoto, the nod to the coach in an Agganis All-Star game was a long time coming and something he loved.
“It’s great. I’ve been doing it for 25 years, but this is my first Agganis All-Star game, so it was an honor to be asked to coach this game, and I hope they invite me to come back year after year.
Coelho summed up the game best, saying, “It was an incredible experience, and I’m really happy to have had the opportunity to be able to participate in this all-star game with my coach and some of my best friends.”