Despite a loss to Monomoy, the Bourne boys’ soccer team will look back on its 2019 playoff stint as a solid learning experience for the young Canalmen.
After qualifying for the Division 4 South Sectional tournament via the Sullivan Rule, 18th-seeded Bourne made the trip out to Harwich on Sunday, November 3 to met the 15th-seeded Sharks in a preliminary round matchup.
The Canalmen trailed by two goals at halftime, 2-0, but kept things interesting in the second half by piecing together some strong offensive plays and continuing its aggressive style of play.
Sophomore Javarie James was on the receiving end of a senior co-captain Armond Eldredge throw-in, and James centered the ball and buried a shot from just inside the box to pull Bourne within a goal, 2-1, with 18:43 left in the game. That, however, would be the only goal the Canalmen could scored against the Sharks, who were led offensively by senior AJ Williams.
The two teams played to a scoreless draw until roughly 15 minutes left before halftime. Williams scored on a low line drive of a shot that beat Bourne goalie Wyatt Ream to his left for the 1-0 lead with 13:03 remaining in the first half. Then, about 10 minutes later, Williams doubled his team’s advantage with a blast from the very top of the box with about 4:30 left.
Williams, who has 19 goals on the season, completed his hat trick in the second half to give the game its final score of 3-1. The win was the first playoff win in the Monomoy program’s history.
The aggressiveness boiled over in the second half as three Canalmen were issued yellow cards. Ream stopped nine of 12 shots on net for Bourne.
The Canalmen completed their season with a record of 5-12-2.