The St. Mary’s High boys soccer team won its first Lynn City Invitational soccer title, besting Lynn Classical, 3-0, in the championship game Saturday at Manning Field.
Senior captain Pedro Lucas-Ferreira, freshman Christian Chavez, and junior Alexander Alleyne each scored goals in the game. Ralph Bertrand, Dennis Bertocchi, and Lucas-Ferreira recorded assists.
Bertrand, a senior captain, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He scored four goals in the Spartans’ 4-0 win over Lynn English in the semifinals.
“Ralph has brought a lot of leadership and I was very pleased and happy with how he showed everything that he can do on the field,” said St. Mary’s coach Mike D’Agostino. “He’s definitely a player to watch this season.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Helio Neto made 14 saves to earn the shutout. Neto also excelled in net in the semifinals.
“Helio made some great point blank saves and kept us in the game,” said D’Agostino. “He played really well.”
Junior Mike Russo, senior captain Nick Moschella, junior Steven Stanko, and sophomore Andrew DiMaiti were outstanding on defense for the Spartans in the back-to-back shutouts.
Classical won four Lynn City titles before English broke through last year. St. Mary’s now has bragging rights in the city for the first time.
“This is huge for us,” said D’Agostino, who is in his third year as coach. “It’s the first time the St. Mary’s boys and girls teams won titles together. The boys are very excited to be the best team in Lynn.”
D’Agostino said the Spartans’ program has grown to 42 players this season, up from the 27 players he had in the program during his first season.