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Hydra Spoil Boston’s Home Debut

Junior Alencar scored a pair of goals to lead the Hydra to a 2-0 win over Boston on Saturday. (Photo: Chris Aduama/

Junior Alencar’s two goals led the Hydra to their first three PDL points in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Boston Victory at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Alencar broke a scoreless tie in the 70th minute, then padded Worcester’s cushion in the 77th minute. Hydra keeper Oliver Blum made a pair of save to keep the sheet clean for the guests.

“Junior is an exceptional player,” Worcester head coach Elvis Comrie said in a statement. “Last week he hit the post like four times, should have scored four goals last week. It’s good to see him get off the mark and get a couple of goals for himself.”

After a scrappy, physical first half that saw 16 fouls total and three yellow cards issued to the hosts, the Hydra turned up the heat in the second frame.

In the 70th minute, Michael Soboff sent a cross into the area, where Alencar elevated to put the header past Jordan Bar to deliver the opening goal.

Seven minutes later, Brett Utley breached the Boston backline chipped it to Alencar, who slipped through his second goal of the game in front of the stunned 546 home spectators.

“It’s a hard loss to take in our own stadium,” Victory coach Sergio Taborda said in a statement. “We made mistakes that led to the two goals and that is very upsetting. We cannot let that happen.”

Boston forward Lucas Pessanha, who scored the game-winner in last week’s 2-1 comeback win at CFC Azul, put three shots together to lead Victory’s attack, but could not get one past Blum on Saturday.

The Hydra head back to Foley Stadium on Saturday for a game against the Vermont Voltage. Boston hits the road on Friday for a Commonwealth clash against the Western Mass Pioneers.

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