East Bridgewater captured a dramatic 2-1 comeback win against South Shore League rival Rockland to secure an improbable tournament birth.
The Vikings went 15-3 last year to finish first in their league for the first time in over ten years, but also graduated 13 seniors. They entered Tuesday afternoon needing a win to sneak into the postseason.
“Our goal at the beginning of the year was to make the tournament, but with graduating so many kids, it was going to be a long shot at best,” coach Bill Silva said after the game.
“We only had two guys who had played a varsity game coming into this year”.
Those two players are senior captains Alex Carey, who scored the tying goal in the second half, and Cam Troup.
Staring down an anticlimactic tie that would have meant the end of the Viking’s season, junior Kevin Ogbonna weaved through several defenders and slid a shot into the net for the game-winning goal with just three minutes remaining.
Last year’s first place team was a two seed that was upset by 17th-seeded Sacred Heart in their only playoff game. East Bridgewater is cautiously optimistic about their chances this year.
“We know from last year that anything can happen,” Silva said.
With the win, East Bridgewater pushes their record to .500, finishing the regular season with at 8-8-2.
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