Elite 8 bound: Westport punches ticket to quarterfinals for third year in a row

WESTPORT — The Westport boys soccer team is once again Elite.

The No. 8 Wildcats punched their ticket to the MIAA Elite 8 for the third consecutive season after blanking No. 24 Hull, 8-0, in Thursday’s Division 5 Sweet 16 game at Westport High School.

The undefeated Wildcats (19-0-1) will face top-seeded Sutton on the road Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m.

“We struggled to control the central midfield for an extensive period of time during the first half,” Westport head coach Chris Parker said. “So, at halftime, I challenged my three central midfielders Tommy Bernard, Ben Novo, and Landen Novo to be better. They responded with a dominant second half of play, which allowed us to put the game away.”

Several members of the 2023 Mayflower Athletic Conference champion Westport boys soccer team.

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Leading the attack for the Wildcats was Will Quinlan, who scored three goals. Nyzaiah Pacheco and Ben Novo each netted two goals. Carter Couto also contributed two assists in the victory.

Ryan Borges, Marcos Dutra Africano, Ben Cross, Zachary Lopes, Matt Costa, and Nick Stanton each played a terrific defensive game. Noah Amaral stopped three shots on net to secure his 14th shutout of the season.

Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette sports editor Steven Sanchez can be reached at ssanchez@heraldnews.com. You can follow him on X (formerly known as Twitter) at @Chezsports.

This article originally appeared on The Herald News: Westport High boys soccer defeats Hull in MIAA Division 5 Sweet 16

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