FRAMINGHAM – Senior Yuri Santos scored three goals in Framingham’s 5-0 shut out of Natick High this morning, October 30.
In the rain and the mud, the Flyers dominated throughout the game.
Senior Kaio Viegas scored the game winner in the first half, with Santos scoring the first of his trio of goals in the first half to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead at halftime.
At halftime Coach Jon Wood told the team “we need to get sharp.”
The game against Natick today was the second to last regular season game for Framingham before the playoffs.
Framingham will be on the road on Sunday for their final game of the season, before the MIAA tournament starts.
“November is a different game. We need to narrow down who gets the most playing time,” Coach Wood told the varsity players. “Come November, you are one and done. You lose you go home. We need to figure out who the hot guy is. We need to see who is going to perfrom.
Santos stepped up today.
“Those were his first 3 goals of the year, in the 17th game of the season,” said Coach Wood.
The final goal of the game today was scored by senior Gui Mendes.
The seniors led the way today, but all season, Framingham has had a variety of goal scorers, and not just relied on one or two scorers.
That makes Framingham tough to cover, said Coach Wood.
“We don’t have one key guy who does all the scoring. There is so much scouting that goes on now. … so teams don’t know who to really cover. They don’t know who to put their best defender on,” said Coach Wood.
Coach Wood said the Flyers “missed a lot of open nets in the first half.”
But he also said the team did a great job passing the ball on a “bumpy surface.”
The field was a mud pit by the end of the game, especially in front of the goals.
Coach Wood said goalie Tyler Ingham did his job in “tough conditions.”
“I told him to stay behind the ball and know your playing surface,” said Coach Wood.
Ingham did just that and earned another shut out.
Coach Wood said the Flyers have an advantage on grass, even when its slick with the rain and mud.
“We play on it every day. Many teams only play on Turf, including Natick,” said Coach Wood. “Turf is just a different style. … We are a good passing team, even on today’s surface.”
The Flyers are now 11-1-5, under head coach Dan Avery, and have qualified for post-season play.
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