Stars shine brightly at Eastern Mass. soccer showcase

CONCORD — For the second straight yr, coaches and school scouts made the trek with properly over 100 athletes to Concord-Carlisle School for the Eastern Mass. Soccer Coaches Association All-Star Games, which has quickly reworked from a tight-knit showcase into an annual phenomenon.

Rather than one particular person contest, the EMSCA opted to once more go along with a four-game format for parity, with a few of the state’s premier expertise enjoying in every course you regarded.

Two gamers had been named US Soccer Coaches Association All-Americans, Concord-Carlisle’s personal Brady Poor and Bruno DeSouza of Weymouth.

To his credit score, DeSouza netted a pair of objectives throughout the highly-anticipated Lennie Emmons All-Star Game, together with the eventual game-clincher as Team Two defeated Team One, 4-2.

“Honestly, it’s amazing,” DeSouza stated. “Never thought I would be in this situation. I feel great, had a great season, I’m proud.”

In addition to DeSouza and Poor, six athletes had been chosen as All-New England Players, with Jake Vana (St. John’s Prep), Brian Jones (Billerica), Erick Nunez (Somerville), Rex Cinelli (Franklin), Matt McAuliffe (Pembroke) and Gino Tripoli (Gloucester) every incomes recognition.

For Hingham’s Ken Carlin, Friday morning supplied a chance to take part in a single closing match. After managing Team Four to a 2-2 draw with Team Three throughout the Don Brock All-Star Game, the Harbormen coach was inducted into the EMSCA Hall of Fame together with Wilmington’s Steve Scanlon. The second capped a profession spanning over 25 years, with 323 wins in addition.

“One of my grandsons plays for the number one team in Austin, Texas,” stated Carlin. “I have not seen him play, so I have to do that. My wife has been supporting me all these years, and now I’m going to take her and travel around the world. But I’ll still be around, I’m still interested. I leave this with mixed feelings. I know how the seniors feel when they play their last game now.”

After guiding Billerica to an 18-2-1 report and an look within the Div. 2 Elite Eight, John Vassallo was named the Massachusetts Coach of the Year (Large School). Ten others had been named divisional coaches of the yr, together with Swampscott’s Adam Bailey, who took house honors for Div. 3. Thanks to objectives from Reading’s Patrick Frank and Rockport’s Edward Merz, Bailey was capable of coach Team Five to a 2-2 draw with Team Six within the Foster Cass All-Star Game.

“I’ve said this to many people,” stated Bailey. “It really should be Team of the Year, because if those guys don’t execute, then what I’m doing doesn’t matter. I had a really good group this season.”

Charlie Curmi of Medfield and Wakefield’s Darragh Casey every tallied a aim and added an help, main Team Eight to a 5-4 win over Team Seven within the EMSCA All-Star Game to conclude the day.

EMSCA President Brian Mitchell is hopeful the occasions can proceed of their present format for the foreseeable future.

“I think every year, we try to build upon what we’ve created,” Mitchell stated. “With what some of the board members have done, I think we’re continuing to do that. They’ve done a good job. Beautiful day today. Sunny afternoon, and the boys played hard. It was four great games, four competitive games. I think everyone got out of it what they needed to.”

Bruno DeSouza of Weymouth, left, celebrates his aim with Tewksbury’s Ryan Cura throughout an Eastern Mass. Soccer Coaches Association All-Star sport. (Staff Photo/Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)