AUBURN, Mass. – After starting the season with two losses, the Auburn High School boys soccer team has rebounded nicely with three straight wins, including a tight win Monday night.
The Rockets took advantage of two scoring opportunities and the defense was stingy, defeating Uxbridge High School 2-0 under the lights at Auburn High School.
“Our ball movement is starting to come together,” said head coach Christopher Bailey. “Defensively, they’re communicating a lot more, which makes a huge difference. We’re still trying to move players around, but those are two key things for us right now.”
The game was scoreless until the final minutes of the first half. Senior captain Mike Vaitkunas dished out an assist from a corner kick, lining a pass to senior Kelvin Okyere, who headed the ball into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Then Auburn struck again 16 minutes into the second half. Senior Joe Fahey saved the ball from heading out of bounds at midfield, as two defenders surrounded him; Fahey managed to kick the ball up to senior captain Rob Anderson, who dribbled past a defender and sent a rocket past the goalie for a 2-0 advantage.
“Joe Fahey gave an absolutely incredible effort all night,” Bailey said. “It was an incredible play to get the ball past the double team. And he came off the bench to do that, and that’s what we need – we need players coming off the bench and giving us a spark.”
On Friday the soccer team dominated Southbridge, 6-1.
Auburn’s goals were scored by freshman Steve Froio, sophomore Adam Gillies, sophomore Richie Augusto and Anderson. It was Froio’s first varsity goal. Augusto recorded two goals and Anderson had a hat trick.
Auburn’s goaltending was shared by freshman Zack Randal and freshman Adam Cook. Together they recorded five saves and a blocked penalty kick.