FITCHBURG – The Parker Charter School boys’ soccer team hit the road Friday afternoon, traveling to the Fitchburg/Westminster line to take on host Monty Tech in a midseason Colonial Athletic League showdown. The guest Panthers came out on the short end of a 7-1 final score at Bulldog Field as the host Bulldogs continue to roll.
With the win, Monty Tech improves to 8-3-1 while Parker falls to 3-7. After the match, Parker head coach Kris Pease spoke with the Tracker about his team’s performance on the pitch Friday. “We don’t shoot enough and take advantage of our chances. When we shoot, we’ve had luck but we just don’t do it enough,” said Pease, whose squad visits Bay Path on Tuesday afternoon. “I thought we played well in the first half. In the second half, we had some things go against us and Monty tech took advantage. Give them credit, they’re a good team.” The hosts opened a 2-1lead thanks to a pair of first-half goals and never looked back, adding five goals in the final 40 minutes to seal the victory. “We fell victim to some raw speed on the other side of the field and unfortunately we don’t have the athletes to deal with that,” said Pease. “That second half, when they scored three goals in the first five minutes, that’s tough to come back from.” The Bulldogs drew first blood on Friday as Nicco Cosme beat Parker goalie Charles Becker during the sixth minute for a quick 1-0 lead. Parker answered when Theo Murphy was awarded a penalty kick following a foul inside the scoring box. Murphy beat Monty Tech netminder Zach Robillard with a blast into the lower-left corner to level the score 1-1 during the 22nd minute. The momentum created by the Parker goal would be short-lived as Monty Tech reclaimed the lead during the 31st minute of action when Brayden Cox blasted a scoring bid into the lower-left corner of the net to give the hosts a 2-1 advantage, an upper hand they would bring into the halftime break. As the whistle blew to kick off the second half, the Bulldogs went on the attack and struck quickly. Austin Girouard wasted little time as he expanded the Bulldogs lead during the first minute of the second half and the 41st minute of the match to make it a 3-1 score. Monty Tech wasn’t finished as it added three more goals in the next eight minutes to put a stranglehold on the match. Bulldogs’ Colin Wilbur registered a hat trick when he potted goals for the hosts during the 42nd, 45th, and 49th minutes to make it a 6-1 score. For the Panthers, after the first half goal, they struggled to generate offensively. Despite their struggles, Murphy and Owen Madera worked hard to lead Parker and create scoring chances. The Bulldogs concluded the scoring during the 63rd minute with a tally by Youseff Eloufa to make it a 7-1 contest. “We had some pretty good spells in the second half, we just couldn’t put it together,” said Pease. “Monty Tech really blitzed us and we weren’t ready to handle it.”