Boston City FC II followed up convincingly beating Bay State Soccer League Division 3 North leaders Alleghany FC 4-1 on Saturday with a hard-fought 4-3 win over Worcester County on Wednesday night to take a four-point lead in the Bay State Soccer League playoff race.
The Lions (10-3-1, 31 points) won an important game in hand over the rest of the promotion chasers, edging a determined ninth place Worcester County at Brother Gilbert Stadium in Malden.
The sixth straight league win and seventh including the U.S. Open Cup, means Boston City FC II is closing in on the playoff spot with three matches to play. Alleghany FC (12-2-0, 36 points) will likely claim the automatic promotion spot, while the Lions target a two-legged promotion playoff against one of the struggling Division 2 teams.
This Saturday, October 13, Boston City II travels to face fellow promotion hopeful Team Iraq (7-3-4, 22 points) at Progin Park in Lancaster, MA, kickoff 9am.
Striker Jhonata Batista celebrated wearing the captain’s armband for the first time by scoring a hat-trick against Worcester County.
The visitors took advantage of a defensive lapse after only five minutes to steal the lead through Justin Rothermich with keeper Jose Silva exposed, and County should have made it 2-0 after 20 minutes, but missed a clear chance. It was the first time Boston City II has trailed during the fall season. Haitian midfielder Wendy Bigor leveled with a tap in on the half-hour mark and a minute later, Batista’s fierce dipping shot from 20 yards out made it 2-1.
Bigor struck the post and County keeper Aidan Abolfazli made two fine saves to deny Chris Gilbert and Batista before half time then the skipper increased the home lead to 3-1 with an hour played with another clinical finish.
Missing all four defensive starters, the Lions again looked shaky at the back and Worcester pulled a goal back through Kevin Rothermich.
Batista completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 71st minute having been fouled inside the 18-yard box and was then denied by the in-form Abolfazli, as was fellow striker Augusto Silva, who saw a fierce low drive pushed away. Again County replied and made for a nervous final 15 minutes when Joe Morais cut the Lions’ lead to 4-3.
All Boston City FC II matches are presented by Boston-based recruitment specialist The Gaisce Group.
On Saturday, table-toppers and likely automatic promotion winners and division champions Alleghany were behind after 15 minutes as a Samuel Deossa pass split the visiting central defenders and William Marcal raced through to fire into the bottom right hand corner.
The Lions led 3-0 by halftime. Iraq international Wesad al-Saadi Reko converted a long Marcelo Cunha through ball then turned provider for Jhonata Batista to find the top corner. Augusto Silva hit a fourth after the break before Alleghany beat Jose Silva to score a consolation goal, the first Boston City FC had conceded in five matches.
Boston City FC II spring results & fall schedule
April 7 Worcester Warriors H W 3-1
April 14 Alleghany FC A L 2-3
April 21 Team Iraq H D 2-2
May 5 U Nations H W 5-1
May 12 North Shore FC A L 0-3
May 19 Lowell United H W 2-1
June 16 Inter Boston FC A W 2-0
June 23 Southie FC Reserves H L 0-1
Aug 25 SR Young Boys H W 3-2
Sept 8 Eastern Mass FC A W 7-0
Sept 15 BRFC Druids A W 4-0
Sept 20 – Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 1st qualifying round, Juve Pro Soccer H W 1-0
Sept 29 Worcester Warriors A W 7-0
Oct 6 Alleghany FC H W 4-1
Oct 10 Worcester County H W 4-3
Oct 13 Team Iraq A 9am Progin Park, Lancaster, MA
Oct 20 – Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 2nd qualifying round, Safira FC A 7pm Dilboy Stadium, Somerville, MA
Oct 27 North Shore FC H 5pm Daly Field, Brighton, MA
TBC U Nations A Pappas Recreational Complex, Auburn, MA
Nov 10 Playoffs
Nov 17 Playoffs