Broncos looking good after 3-0 stunner over North
NASHUA – Break up the Broncos?
It’s way too early for that, but the rest of Division I should be on alert, as the Alvirne High School boys soccer team is off to a 2-0 start after Thursday night’s 3-0 win over Nashua North at Stellos Stadium.
Remember, this is a Bronco team that had just a couple of wins a year ago in missing the tournament. They already have two wins over tourney teams Pinkerton and North.
“I’ve been telling you guys, the biggest difference is we’re not more technical or more skilled, it’s just these guys want it more,” Broncos coach Marcos Viera Filho said. “We’ve got a group of competitors now.”
North coach Josh Downing, whose 1-1 team peppered the Bronco goal early on only to come up empty and see that trend reversed, can concur.
“It just seemed like they had more fire,” North coach Josh Downing said of the Broncos. “It’s not a lack of talent, we just didn’t finish, and we’re going to have to figure it out quick. … They’re good, good coaching, quality team.”
Alvirne took a 1-0 lead at the 22 minute mark of the first half as Nathan Day converted a pass from Charles Thomas. Then a huge break came Alvirne’s way three minutes later when a booming free kick by Bronco Jonathan Rudy deflected hard off North’s Gabe Buxton into the net for an own goal and a 2-0 Bronco lead.
“Their first two goals were mistakes on our part,” Downing said.
Meanwhile, Alvirne goalie Mason Brooks handled some Titan chances with defensive help from the likes of Ryan Johnson and Evan Beals, just to name a few. Titan forwards like Preston Thompson and Joe Morse were frustrated, and then Bronco Jack Ashworth tallied at the 75 minute mark for the clinching goal.
North’s Stephen Norris and Simon Costa combined for seven stops.
“We still needed one more to put it away,” Viera Filho said. “They stepped in and were ready to go.”