After an incredible start to the season, peaking at No. 10 in the Globe rankings, we have hit an October roadblock. We went 8-1 in September, with our only loss coming in our first game of the season. October, unfortunately, has been less than impressive.
On Oct. 4, we faced fourth-ranked BC High in the most highly anticipated game since last year's playoff loss. The game had all the makings of an upset victory, however, we could not seem to find the back of the net. Both teams came out hard, knowing that it would not only be a key win record-wise, but also for pride, as BC High has become a big rival over the years. The first half opportunities for both teams were few and far between, with BC High outshooting Hingham, 4-3, none however, testing Hingham keeper Ryan Driscoll. After the first half, we knew we could play with them and tried to up our intensity. With the game being played in the middle of the field, opportunities were slim yet again. About 15 minutes into the second half, a BC High player slipped a throughball past our defense and its striker netted the first and only goal of the game. The game remained extremely even after the goal, with our team having a couple more opportunities at the end. But it was to no avail. We lost, 1-0. Although we fell, we were all pretty content with how we played. We lost by one goal to the fourth best team in the state, playing about as even a soccer game that can be played, with each team having 6 shots on net, none really testing the opposing keeper (excluding the goal).
After the weekend loss to BC High, we got right back on track against Pembroke, beating the defending Patriot League champions, 2-0. Senior midfielder Jonathan Scott scored the games first goal just three minutes in, with a pass from Federico Kelly. Soon after, Brett Canepa found the back of the net for his 16th goal of the season, on Kelly's sixth assist of the year. Those two goals proved to be all we needed, as Ryan Driscoll recorded his sixth shutout of the season. Although the game got very chippy at times, we were able to maintain our cool and come away with the victory.
On Wednesday, we faced a surprising test at home against North Quincy. We played possession soccer and managed to pepper NQ goalie Ryan Louis, yet he managed to make outstanding save after outstanding save, holding us scoreless at half for only the third time all year. We did not let it get to us because we knew that eventually one of our many shots had to go in. And one did. In the 68th minute of the game, Kelly sent a strike to the top right corner of the goal, an impossible shot to save. That was enough for our defense, which held yet another team scoreless. Although the score looks close, the game was anything but. We outshot NQ, 27-1, with its only shot coming from outside of the 18-yard box, ultimately soaring high and wide of the goal. We only managed to score once, but we knew that we faced one of the best goalies in the state and did not let our frustration get to us.
Friday was a totally different story. We traveled to Duxbury hoping to pick up our tenth win of the year. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned. Duxbury just wanted it more. We led off the scoring when Joe Eisenbies volleyed a header from myself past the Duxbury keeper, about 25 minutes in. We played an OK half, yet we still recognized the fact that Duxbury was beating us to the ball a lot of the time. Things did not really change as the second half moved on. Duxbury lead a counterattack that resulted in a breakaway goal for a Dragons striker, tying the game at 1. They then took the lead soon after, when a Duxbury forward netted a strike from just inside the 18-yard box. After that goal, we knew we had to start playing Hingham soccer; keeping the ball on the ground and making quick passes. We scored about halfway through the second half when Kelly converted a perfect through ball from sensational junior midfielder Terence Morrisey. However, with about 10 minutes left in the game, Duxbury striker Daniel Sangster fired one from outside of the box that ended up rebounding off one of our defender's back and past Driscoll for the deciding goal.
It was a disappointing loss, especially for the seniors on the team. It is the last regular-season match that we will play against them, and we failed to give it our all. We hope to win out for the season, hopefully capturing the Patriot League title along the way. Thursday we have Whitman-Hanson and Friday we have perennial rival Hanover.