AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn High School boys soccer team ended last week with a dominant victory, but the team began its most difficult stretch of the season on Tuesday with a tough loss, moving to 4-3-3 on the season.
The Rockets beat Oxford on Oct. 5 with a 6-2 victory. Senior Rob Anderson had a hat trick and an assist, senior Kelvin Okyere scored twice with an assist and sophomore Richie Augusto added a goal to cap Auburn’s impressive win.
Head coach Christopher Bailey said the next few weeks have Auburn “facing the most difficult part of its schedule against Shepherd Hill, Tantasqua, David Prouty, Leicester and Grafton,” teams with a combined winning percentage above .700.
“The next eight games is what makes high school athletics meaningful, fun and exciting,” Bailey said. “I hope our seniors enjoy every last moment of the next few games.”
But Auburn came up short to Shepherd Hill on Oct. 9, losing 3-1. Senior Tyler Martin was the star for Shepherd Hill, scoring two goals in the second half to put the game away. Freshman Ryan Silk scored the team’s first goal in the first half. Then Auburn junior Connor Aubuchont tied the game on a penalty kick in the 55th minute, but Martin broke the tie later.
“I think the team is looking forward to the challenges ahead,” Bailey said. “Our record is not exactly where we wanted it to be at this point in the season. We let a few get away from us, but the level of play needed to consistently compete game-in and game-out is beginning to take hold.
“If we play together as one team in sync, we can be successful down the stretch,” he added. “If we play as individuals, our season will be shortened.”
Girls Soccer Wins, 3-1
The Rockets moved to 7-0-4 on the season with a 3-1 win against Shepherd Hill on Oct. 9. Auburn senior Lizzy Carlson tallied two goals and junior Kayla Almstrom scored a goal in the victory, which kept the team without a loss on the season.
Field Hockey Stays Undefeated
Auburn let up only its second goal of the 12-game season in the team’s 1-1 tie against Shepherd Hill on Oct. 9. Sophomore Jordan Lavallee scored in the second half with less than 20 minutes remaining. Junior Jaime McNamara dished out the assist, which tied the game for the Rockets. The squad is now 10-0-2 on the season.