WEYMOUTH – High school football season may be shorter than usual, but there are things team coach Bill McEachern is still learning about his players
“We have more depth than I thought at the start of the year,” he said. “We’ve dealt with the injuries of four seniors this year in the seven games we’ve played so far this year, and we’re still undefeated.”
The Wildcats are so far undefeated in their “calendar bubble” season (5-0-2) and McEachern thinks there’s a good reason for that.
He said the young players contribute to the success of the Wildcats, which bodes well for the future of the team.
It has not been easy for Weymouth to remain undefeated. They have played three of their four games against Braintree during the unusual schedule of the season.
The Wildcats have found ways to beat Braintree twice.
Weymouth also rallied to come back from behind in an October 27 game at Braintree that ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Wildcats tied the game when Caio Soares scored a late first-half goal assisted by Alessandro Oreadi. Soares’ goal was his fourth against Braintree in three games.
He had scored nine goals in seven games before the Wildcats played Braintree last week.
Soares also had his best offensive attack of the season against Milton on October 22.
The junior scored four goals in Weymouth’s 5-0 win over Milton. Sophomore Paul Pierre scored the first goal for Weymouth, assisted by Diogo Silva.
Wildcats goaltenders Aaron Cassidy and Tyler McInerey have combined for the team shutout.
The Wildcats game against Weymouth was frustrating because the Wildcats had plenty of chances to break the tie 1-1.
“We didn’t play well in the first quarter of the game against Braintree,” said McEachern. “We then settled in and played well for the rest of the game. We replaced a bit more. The pattern was not typical for us. We played a lot of players in the game at different places. a goal in everything we do. It was an opportunity that I felt to give the players the opportunity to play in a meaningful game, so we took advantage of that. I think some of the players improved as a result. “
McEachern said it was “four times harder to beat Braintree”.
“It’s not easy,” he said. “Braintree came out with a lot of energy and competed. They certainly don’t want to lose four times against us. They came out strong and we finally responded with a brilliant goal to tie the game. We’ve had a chance to put them away, but sometimes things just don’t go your way. We hope to get a better result during our “Senior Night”. (November 3)
The Wildcats face Braintree at home on Wednesday, November 3.