Sunday, November 4, 2012
After taking 2-0 lead early in the second half, a single incident changed the course of Marauders' fortune.
For some unexplained reason, the most dangerous score in soccer is for a team to be up 2-0 in a tight match. It's the "Bermuda triangle of leads," when the next goal is the all important "odd" score – the first, third and fifth total goal – that either secures a victory or allows the trailing team to take momentum into their hands to begin the comeback. It's during this time when any incident – a penalty, a weird hop, an injury – can upset the entire pace of the game. "If you told me that I would be up 2-0 over Concord-Carlisle at Concord five minutes into the second half, I'd tell you that I would be very nervous," said Belmont Head Coach Peter Guellnitz after talking to his downhearted team in the drizzle of a dank November afternoon. "…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Boys away Friday to defending state finalists Concord-Carlisle, Girls' at home vs. Arlington.
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 …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Ends five years of frustration to Sachems; Girls' Soccer ties up Winchester as both teams earn three-of-four points this season from top-ranked Sachems.
Was it just coincidence or a premonition that at nearly the exact time Belmont Boys' Soccer's Michael Chertkov scored his critical first goal early in the game to pull ahead of Belmont's arch – and long-time dominating – rival and unbeaten Winchester High in their decisive rematch last night, an earthquake in Maine shook the earth in Belmont? Or was it all the other way around? Whether nature or fate, the Marauders scrubbed away five years of frustration at the hands of Winchester with a hard fought 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Belmont's Harris Field, Oct. 16, doling out the season's first loss to the 14th-ranked Sachems. Chertkov scored a brace, the second an open net goal with less than a minute remaining in the game which proved the …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Marauders go for two and beat Winchester; both soccer teams to play post-season.
Down two touchdowns after one quarter to hosts Winchester Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13, it had every appearance that Belmont High School's Football Marauders would be heading to another defeat in this season heavy-laden with away games. But Belmont's defense shut out the Sachems for the remainder of the game while producing seven turnovers which allowed all-purpose junior Brian Coutts to score 14 of Belmont's 15 points in the final quarter to pull out a 15-14 victory in the fading autumn sunshine. With senior Mike Richardson – back at quarterback which he started every game last year – and Coutts lining up in the backfield and as a receiver, Belmont allowed its defense to keep the team within reach before the offense came to life in the …
Friday, October 5, 2012
One goal loss and win from Marauders at home this week.
Dan Martin's goal off a Melrose clearing attempt with 16 minutes remaining in the match secured a much needed victory for Belmont High School Boys' Soccer team against the Red Raiders on Thursday, Oct. 4 at Harris Field. Martin's shot from 12 meters from in front of the goal beat Melrose Goalkeeper David Mendelsohn and gave Head Coach Peter Guellnitz's team a needed victory after losing a lead and then a victory, 2-1, against Wilmington High School at home on Tuesday night. The win boosts the Marauders to 5-2-3 midway through the season, on course for another post-season appearance.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Early strike knots up archrival Winchester while Reading's hard work earns a tie.
Belmont High School Boys' Head Coach Peter Guellnitz "loved" how the last goal of the game was scored in Belmont's tussle with Reading: a scrabble in front of the net, a shot that hit the post and a player rushing at the ball and hitting it into the back of the goal off his knee. Just the type of "ugly" goal Guellnitz appreciates. "He just wanted it more then everyone else," said Guellnitz. Unfortuantly, it was Reading's Jackson Conroy who scored with 8 minutes remaining in the game to pull out a 1-1 draw against the Marauders Friday, Sept. 21, at Harris Field. Conroy's effort nullified Ben Giber's rocket of a shot off a rebound the beat Rocket's goalkeep Nathan Terry seven minutes into the second half to give the Marauders the lead. …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Outscore last three opponents 8-2, meets league powerhouse Winchester Tuesday.
Belmont's Dan Martin "climbed the ladder" to head in a Chris Rizzo free kick past Arlington's goaltender Kelan Nee with 13 minutes remaining and Bobby Stafford earned the shut out as Belmont High's Boys' Soccer upped their record to 3-1 with a 1-0 victory over the visiting Spy Ponders Thursday, Sept. 13. The goal came after a questionable foul was called on Arlington's senior captain Fernando Cuervo-Torello when it appeared that he cleanly took the ball from Rizzo about 30 meters from goal. The resulting free kick found Martin at the top of the box where he out leaped a defender to deposit the ball into the far corner. Since an opening game loss to Watertown – which is the surprise team of the league this season – Belmont has outscored …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Coach Guellnitz tells team that 4-0 loss "only one game" in season.
Everything appeared in place for a good season for Head Coach Peter Guellnitz's Belmont High School Boys' Soccer team in 2012. The team that reached the second round of last year's playoffs – only to loss to archrival Winchester by a single goal – was returning six seniors and playing 10 juniors, many with varsity experience. The moral was good, the team was ready for its away opening game with Watertown ... but. "I sort of knew that the team was just not ready," said Guellnitz. "They have it everywhere but they didn't have it here," he said, tapping to his heart. "And it showed." Under the lights on the new turf field of Victory Field, a big and strong Red Raider team decisively beat the Marauders, 4-0, Wednesday, Sept. 5. "They worked …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Third meeting has the same result: a one goal loss.
Peter Guellnitz, Belmont High School's Boys' Soccer head coach, could only give a smile when asked about his reaction to the story of a game that seems to always have the same ending. In their third meeting this year – the second year in a row they have met in the playoffs – the Sachems walked away with the win over Belmont, this time a 1-0 nail biter that saw Winchester once again wait until late in the contest to connect with the winning strike. And the goal this time came from an unlikely source; midfielder Will Boyle who took a pass from Jeff Tilley and hit a rocket off his left foot past Belmont's goalie Jeremy Lockett, scoring his first goal of the year with 11 minutes left in the game. "There's too many cliches to say," said …
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Three Marauder teams playing one-hour apart in Belmont, Peabody and Dorchester on Saturday.
Hit the road, Marauders. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced the brackets for the 2011 Boys and Girls Soccer tournament and both Belmont High School teams will have to advance in the playoffs without the benefit of home cooking. The Girls', seeded 9th in the Division 2 North tournament with a 9-4-3 regular season record, will be heading to Peabody to meet up with Bishop Fenwick (9-3-6) on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. And if Belmont can get past the Falcons, they would likely meet the number one seed Newburyport on Nov. 8. Despite belonging to the Division 2 North division, the 18th-seed Belmont Boys' Soccer – who fought their way into the playoffs with a hard fought 1-1 tie with Lexington last week – will be …