Bourne Soccer Falls In Quarterfinals
By: Dan Crowley
At the end of regulation Tuesday night the score stood at 0-0 as the fifth-seeded Bourne Canalmen (12-3-5) battled the fourth-seeded Skippers of Cohasset (15-3-2) in MIAA Division 3 South quarterfinal state tournament action. After two 10-minute overtime periods, the two clubs remained tied, leaving the match to be decided on penalty kicks.
The shootout went to 3-3 before the Skippers broke the stalemate officially claiming a 1-0 victory.
“We knew we were a championship caliber team this year,” Coach Andrew Arki said. “This is a tough way to lose, but we had a great season.
”It took a full half for the Canalmen to adjust to the turf surface at Cohasset.
“We weren’t playing our game in the first half,” the coach admitted. “It took awhile to get used to the bounces, but we made our adjustments and came back in the second. It was a back-and-forth match, pretty much 50-50 all night. No one team controlled the momentum.
”In the 99th minute, late in the second overtime, Luke Weatherby was taken down from behind as he closed on the Cohasset net.
“We didn’t get the call,” Arki said. “Who knows if Luke could have scored, but it was a scoring opportunity and that chance was taken away. The kids poured their hearts onto the field, giving it everything they had. They really gave 100 percent this season. Collectively, this is the best team I’ve ever coached. I’m very proud of what they’ve accomplished. We’re really going to miss this group of seniors.
”The Bourne boys’soccer team opened the state tournament Sunday with an MIAA Division 3 South Sectional first round victory over 12th-seeded East Bridgewater (10-8-1) by a score of 3-1.
The Vikings opened the scoring on a penalty kick and carried their 1-0 advantage into the half.Just 50 seconds into the second half, the Canalmen landed the equalizer on the first of two goals by Jeff Small on a breakaway sparked by Luke Weatherby.
In the 58th minute Jack Canterbury took aim from about 25 yards out and went to his left foot, scoring what became the match winner.
“It was another of Jack’s signature goals,” Coach Arki said. “He put it in the top right corner. He just ripped it. It was the best goal I’ve seen this season.
”Small added some insurance for BHS two minutes later with Ben Cahill picking up the assist.
“Devin (Delfino) did a great job, especially in the first half keeping us in the game,” the coach said of his keeper. “It was the best game we’ve played this year. We dominated with some great team play.”
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