The Westport Boys Soccer Team defeats Boston International in the D-5 semifinals

The Westport Boys Soccer Team defeats Boston International in the D-5 semifinals

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Scituate — Goalie Noah Amaral and senior trio captain Ben Novo never forgot the bitter taste after losing in a Division V state semifinal to Douglas in 2021.

On Tuesday, the duo tasted sweet revenge for an undefeated Westport soccer team.

“After the Final 4 loss to Douglas, I didn’t sleep for months,” Amaral said. “It’s just been two years of consistent work on the field, training and offseason. I’ve been here since I was 12, and to do it with this team is just something special, especially for a small town like Westport.” “.

The No. 8 Wildcats (21-0-1) punched their ticket to the state final for the first time in school history after defeating No. 4 Boston International Newcomer Academy, 2-0, in a Section 5 state semifinal game at Scituate High. school.

Westport (21-0-1) will face the winner of No. 2 Douglas School and No. 3 Broomfield School on Saturday at a time and location to be determined.

“I’ve been very fortunate over the last three years to have incredibly talented teams,” Westport coach Chris Parker said. “But this team had that little

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Westport got on the board first with 13:51 remaining in the first half. Senior defensive captain Marcus Dutra Africano headed in a pass from Novo to give the Wildcats the early lead.

“It feels great,” Africano said. I scored some goals during the season and I didn’t know if I was going to make it to the state (playoffs). It’s an amazing feeling. Our coach before the match talked about intensity.”

The Lions (19-3) almost tied the match after five minutes, but Amaral (10 saves) stopped the match with a wonderful save to keep the score 1-0.

Boston International brought the heat in the second half but were unable to generate any kind of passing. With 13:01 remaining in the contest, Westport captain Tommy Bernard received a pass from Zachary Lopez and hit a floater to make it 2-0.

Despite some pressure from Boston International over the final 10 minutes, the Wildcats held on for the win. Boston International defeated Westport 14-7.

“We all came to play tonight,” Ben Novo said. “Once we beat the No. 1 seed, we told ourselves we can win the title and move on. It’s a great feeling.

Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette sports editor Stephen Sanchez can be reached at You can follow him on X (formerly Twitter) at @Chezsports.

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