Can't the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association show Belmont Soccer some love?
After a season in which the boys' and girls' Marauders defeated and tied their arch-rivals Winchester and secured outstanding regular season records, both Belmont teams now find themselves thrown into the playoff pit with the equilivant of the soccer lions in Division II.
The 12th-ranked Belmont Boys' Soccer (9-3-5) will be traveling tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 2, to take on fifth-ranked Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (11-2-2) that only has won three consecutive Div. II North crowns and made it to the state finals last year.
The game will take place at 4 p.m. behind the Concord campus of the regional high school.
The Marauders, which finished on a hot streak of 5-1-2, will be riding on the sore shoulder of starting goalie Robbie Montanaro and team leader Chris Rizzo on defense and by leading scorer and senior forward Matt Muckjian who pocketed a hat trick on Seniors Night.
Dan Martin, Ben Giber, and Andrew Strawbridge each are scoring threats as seen on Senior Night as is Ben Lazenby while Michael Chertkov had the brace against Winchester.
The number eight ranked Girls' Soccer, which finished their season at 10-3-3, a half game behind Middlesex League champions Winchester, will have a Sunday, Nov. 4, home game at Harris Field against this season's nemesis and next-door neighbors Arlington High School.
The ninth-ranked Spy Ponders beat Belmont in Arlington 4-2 and earned a controversal tie with a disputed corner kick header at the death in Belmont on Oct. 11.
Belmont comes into the game riding a high, unbeaten (4-0-3) in their final seven games and outscoring their opposition, 13-3, in the last three games of the season while Arlington lost their finale, 1-0, to Winchester.
Head coach Paul Graham's team will rely on one of the best goalkeepers in the state, senior Maria-Alice Menetas, who has a goals-against average well under 1.0, stellar defense from Olivia Lyons and Alexandra Cellucci and a scoring punch from a variety of players including Julia Russo and Sophia Eisenbach-Smith who scored her own hat trick on the Girls' Senior Night.