Sandwich has breakthrough in OT
WEYMOUTH - Hard work and perseverance is an old axiom in sports, but for the Sandwich boys’ soccer team, it is what they lived by throughout the Division 2 tournament.
So when the Blue Knights found themselves trailing with six minutes to play, they didn’t panic. They kept plugging away, tying the score late and netting the winner on a penalty kick with four minutes remaining in overtime to clinch their first South Sectional title in school history with a 2-1 win over Hopkinton last night.
“I’m so happy and proud of them - they never quit,’’ said longtime Sandwich coach Ted Tedeschi.
Sandwich dominated the first half, creating a number of scoring opportunities that were stoned by Hopkinton’s star keeper, Malcolm Cheney.
The Blue Knights also had some bad luck, hitting a post and a crossbar.
Hopkinton couldn’t get anything going offensively, but stellar defense and the excellent play of Cheney kept the game scoreless.
The Hillers struck first in the 69th minute, Jonathan Lee blasting home a corner kick for a 1-0 lead.
Sandwich looked deflated, but a timeout helped it regroup.
Following the break, Brian Ing tossed a perfect throw-in to teammate Adam Sholi, who headed in the equalizer with 5:22 left.
“There was no magic. We just wanted 10 guys running hard to the goal,’’ Tedeschi said. “We had our frustrations, but we were patient and persevered.’’
In overtime, the Blue Knights continued to carry the play and finally earned a break with four minutes remaining.
Sophomore Peter Alvarenga was hauled down in the box trying to make a move and was awarded a penalty kick.
He calmly stepped up and buried the winner from 12 yards.
“It’s a great feeling, they made history,’’ said Tedeschi, now is his 38th year with the program.
Sandwich will play Concord-Carlisle for the Division 2 EMass title tomorrow night at the Manning Bowl in Lynn.