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September 26, 2013

Gloucester boys soccer proves NEC prowess

Gloucester boys soccer proves NEC prowess

Of all high school sports team playing on Cape Ann, none made a bigger statement over the last week than the Gloucester boys soccer team.

Armando Marnoto’s squad entered the season with high hopes but as a bit of a wild card in the deep Northeastern Conference Small. But with a pair of stellar performances over the last week the Fishermen showed that they will be in the conference race for the long haul, as they currently sit atop the conference with a 3-1-1 record, two points ahead of 2-0-1 Danvers.

Gloucester’s picked up an impressive 3-2 win last Thursday over an always formidable Marblehead team in the home opener at New Balance Track and Field at Newell Stadium.

Second half goals from Calvin Kipruto and Ryan Belanger led to the win.

The Fishermen came back on Monday at Danvers, where the Falcons rarely lose, and put forth another strong second half effort earning a 1-1 tie. The Falcons usually sits atop the Northeastern Conference Small, and getting a point out of them on the road is a big statement to the rest of the league.

The Fishermen have also found their identity as a team as a 3-5-2 scheme has suited them best. Striker Dan Carpenter has emerged as an extremely dangerous player while midfielders Kipruto and Kevin Rogers have also generated several scoring opportunities.

The defensive trio of seniors Alex Dahlmer, Anthony Taormina and Stephen Gross have also formed a formidable unit on the back end.

Gloucester now begins a difficult slate of games against the Northeastern Conference Large starting with Beverly on the road Friday (4 p.m.).

An early candidate for breakout athlete of the fall season is Gloucester boys cross country’s Willy Pierce.

The junior is off to an outstanding start for the 1-2 Fishermen taking home first place in each of their last two meets against Marblehead and Revere. Pierce along with fellow juniors Everest Crawford and Matt Ciaramitaro give Gloucester a dangerous trio at the top of the lineup.

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