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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
While the unbeaten streak may have come to an end with a heart breaking 1-0 loss to Westwood on Tuesday, it was still a successful week for the Dover-Sherborn varsity boys soccer team with wins coming over Holliston and Hopkinton.
The Raiders (7-1-2) began the week with a 1-0 victory over Holliston thanks to stellar play by goalkeeper, Robbie Black (six saves), who earned yet another shutout.
The game’s lone goal came with eight minutes remaining in the first half when Evan Blanchard made a swift pass to forward and senior captain, Eli Yasuna to the right post. Yasuna made a nice easy finish and struck the ball home past the reach of the Holliston keeper to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead that they would not surrender.
Following the victory over Holliston, the Raiders came up just short in a tough loss to Westwood on Tuesday night, their first of the 2016 season. While the outcome on the scoreboard may not have been in favor of the Raiders, there were still many positives to take away from the hard-fought defeat as DS showed the ability to stay composed like all good teams do and keep battling despite being robbed on various scoring opportunities by the Westwood keeper.
The Raiders returned home to face Hopkinton on Thursday evening looking to rebound from their tough loss to the Wolverines two days prior.
DS got out to a hot start with a goal from John Muckstadt early in the first half to put the Raiders up 1-0 early. The game remained 1-0 at the half, but Corey Lampman got the Raiders some insurance with a goal with just under 30 minutes to play to stretch the lead to two.
Hopkinton struck back with a goal of their own to cut the deficit to one, but George Chaudoin struck home the Raiders’ third goal of the night to put the game on ice.
The Raiders travel to Norton on October 11 before looking to remain unbeaten at home against rival Medfield on Friday, October 14.