Just 14 minutes into its NEPSAC Class D quarterfinal game, the top-seeded Waring boys’ soccer team had its back against the wall, down three goals at home to No. 8 St. Andrew’s.
But after regrouping at halftime, the sophomore-laden Mavericks (13-0-2) scored three second-half goals to force overtime, and eventually advanced, 5-4 (5-4 in penalty kicks).
Sophomore forward Aiden Wood (Essex, Mass.) scored a hat trick in regulation and junior midfielder Matt Lyman (Beverly, Mass.) scored the fifth penalty kick to secure the win.
“It was ugly in a hurry,” said Waring coach Weston Adams. “We were uncharacteristically sloppy out of the gate, [but] the kids made a couple adjustments on the field.”
The Mavericks got back to playing their style in the second half, controlling the possession. It paid dividends as Wood scored two goals and sophomore Kyle Patrick added the third to force extra time.
“[Wood] is a pretty aggressive player,” Adams said. “His partner up top, Kyle Patrick, has a great touch on the ball. He can create some trouble.”
Sophomore Nick Wigglesworth (Essex, Mass.) assisted on three of Waring’s four goals.
After two five-minute periods of overtime, the teams went to penalty kicks.
In the third round, St. Andrew’s hit the left post and junior keeper Johnny Sandri (Switzerland) dove to keep the rebound out.
Meanwhile, Wood, Patrick, Wigglesworth and sophomore Jacob Bannak all converted their penalty kicks, leaving it up to Lyman to clinch the win in the fifth round.
“It is good to be pushed and bring everything and trust that it’ll be enough,” Adams said.
Isaac Ogle and Charlie Mitchell turned in strong efforts defensively, quieting the Saints’ offense in the second half.
The Mavericks will host Hyde (Maine) in the Class D semifinals on Saturday.
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