For the first time in six years, the Sharon boys’ soccer team managed a victory against Canton at home Tuesday afternoon.
The 1-0 win holds a special significance for coach Barry Kaye, who recalls beating Canton in 2007 during the South Sectional Finals, the same year that he led the team to the Division 2 Eastern Mass Finals and then to compete in the State Championship.
“It could have gone either way, but I think we wanted it more at the end,” Kaye said. “We haven’t scored a lot of goals this year, so I am hoping this will break the ice for us.”
Sophomore forward Jake Goloboy scored for Sharon, assisted by sophomore Matt Lowerre with only three minutes left. It was also a successful game for senior goal-keeper Eric Hefez, who had his first shutout of the year.
“I’ve always felt good about this team and now I feel they’re being rewarded for their work,” Kaye said. “The kids work hard every practice, and their spirits are always good.”
Before the game, Kaye decided to change some of the players’ positions in order “shake things up”.
Lowerre was moved from midfielder to forward, Goloboy played a midfield position instead of his usual forward, and senior Will Ginsberg went from being a midfielder to a forward. While initially thought of as being temporary, Kaye thinks he may be keeping these positions for the rest of the season.
“I think it is a positive thing,” Kaye said. “Give it another month, and I think everything will finally be clicking.”
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