How you feel about finishing a game with a tie depends greatly on how you got there. The Bourne High School boys’ soccer team wasn’t feeling all that great about finishing with a draw against their rivals from Wareham on Wednesday, September 29, because they were so close to finishing off their game with the Vikings in the win column before having to settle for a 2-2 draw.
Shea Ullo’s second goal of the game, in the 70th minute, put the Canalmen ahead on the scoreboard by a 2-1 count. For the second time in the game the Canalmen’s junior captain bombed a free kick from about 40-yards out that sailed into the back of the goal.
BHS was feeling great about itself at that juncture, but eight minutes later things changed dramatically. Wareham was able to turn a throw-in play from deep in the BHS end into a goal that drew the visitors even in the 78th minute, spoiling Bourne’s bid for its second win of the season. Bourne is now 1-4-2 overall for the year.
Bourne had its share of chances, but wished it was awarded one that it felt it deserved. Senior captain Thomas Sullivan was hauled down by a Wareham defender from behind the box while attempting to play the ball. Coach Andrew Arki said that the Canalmen should have been awarded a penalty kick for the foul, which was not called, but instead the referees opted to have the players play on. Zach Dodge also had a quality scoring bid for the team with a well-struck volley, and late in the first half freshman Nathan Reynolds came close to putting one home with a header from in front of the net that was stopped.
Joziah DeSouza had a very strong first half in the midfield for BHS. Goalie Shane Murray stepped up to make four big saves. Grady Gobeil also had a solid contest for the Canalmen.
D-R 4, Bourne 0
The BHS boys continued a slide with a 4-0 loss to Dighton-Rehoboth on Monday, September 27, at home. The Falcons scored two first-half goals to take the lead and controlled most of the match. They went on to add two more in the final 10 minutes when the Canalmen were attempting to push forward and apply pressure to the visitors.
While the end result was not good for Bourne, the team got a great performance from senior captain Thomas Sullivan. The defender had 10 tackles in the match to go along with five clearouts.