Earning a win in the Division III South boys’ soccer semifinals is significant; handing the No. 1 seed its first loss of the season while doing so is even better. That’s exactly what No. 5 Medway did in its 2-1 overtime victory over No. 1 Martha’s Vineyard in Canton.
“We talked about it a lot before the game,” said coach Jeff Hallenbeck. “I told the players, ‘These are the games you remember for the rest of your lives.’”
Although the 16-0-2 Vineyarders were riding a 15-match winning streak, Hallenbeck was confident going into the semifinal contest. "They never played anyone like us.”
After a scoreless first half, Medway changed its formation from a 4-3-3 setup to four strikers up front. The switch paid off for the Mustangs, as sophomore forward Jake Waren scored halfway through the second half. Shortly afterward, Sam Entner tied the game, 1-1, with 17 minutes remaining in regulation.
Senior forward Justin Kaplan sealed the victory with his overtime goal.
Hallenbeck noted that Canton's turf was an advantage for his squad, as Medway’s home pitch is turf. The Mustangs could use their speed against Martha’s Vineyard, which plays its home matches on grass.
Although the victory was a big accomplishment, Medway isn't finished yet.
“They got their eyes on the state championship,” said Hallenbeck.
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