By: Brian Higgins (Correspondent)
Picture by Venya Gupta
Sharon Boys Soccer turned things around with a road win at North Attleboro on September 17, after losing 3 of the first 4 games of the season and tying the other.
The Eagles looked good throughout the match as they dominated possession but failed to break the deadlock between the two sides as North Attleboro displayed why they’ve been one of the best defensive teams this season.
The long-awaited goal came in the 78th minute, with just 2 minutes remaining as senior captain Brian Higgins connected with fellow senior captain Michael Baur off of a corner to give Sharon their first win of the season. “We’d been waiting for that win and I think it gave us the confidence boost we needed for the following games,” said Baur.
The Nest came out in full support later that week as Sharon played Taunton at home. Sharon started strong as junior Coby Jacobson assisted Higgins for his first goal of the season in the 6th minute. Taunton responded with a goal from senior captain Alec Nunes from the penalty spot in the 37th minute.
10 minutes into the second half, Higgins drew a penalty after being tripped in the box, allowing for Baur to convert from the spot. With 7 minutes to go, Higgins scored his second of the game off of a rebound to give Sharon a 3-1 win over the Tigers.
Sharon continued their winning ways the following Monday as they beat the Canton Bulldogs 2-0 away at Canton. The Eagles scored 2 in the second half as senior Viktor Schneider netted his first of the season off an assist from freshman Matt Keshekian.
Keshekian, who came to Sharon this year from Russia, continued to help the Eagles as he drew a penalty that was buried by Baur for his third penalty kick goal of the season. “It felt good to make an impact in such an important game for us,” said Keshekian.
Later that week, Sharon suffered a tough loss at the hands of then-undefeated Oliver Ames. The Tigers managed to erase 1 goal deficits twice in the first half after junior captain Bryce Nathan scored a freekick from midfield which the Oliver Ames goalkeeper failed to deal with, and Baur blasted in a shot from 30 yards out into the top right corner. The Tigers persevered, scoring 2 goals in the second half to end the game 4-2 in favor of Oliver Ames.
The Eagles were able to secure 1 point with a tie against a tough Attleboro team on Friday night October 4. Attleboro freshman Esvin Morales produced an early goal in the 7th minute but Sharon responded 4 minutes later with a goal from Higgins as he converted from close range off an assist from sophomore James Zhang.
On October 5, the Eagles beat their rival, the Foxboro Warriors, by a margin of 2-0 with goals from Schneider and junior Mason Benton who recorded his first of the year. A little under 3 minutes into the game, Baur bypassed multiple Foxboro defenders allowing him to pass the ball off to Schneider who slotted it into the bottom corner and give Sharon the early lead.
Baur assisted Benton in the 17th minute as the game ended 2-0 with Matthew Baur making some huge saves to help Sharon get their fourth win of the season and improve to 4-4-2. “Matt stepped up big in this game, and showed everybody why he’s the Varsity goalkeeper as a freshman,” said senior Bozhao Li, a forward for Sharon.
Their match against Stoughton, resulted in a 1-1 draw, giving the Eagles 1 point after a penalty kick goal from Higgins after a handball decision in the box. “We had a lot of chances against Stoughton and just couldn’t finish but we have the chance to beat them at home later this month which should be a fun game,” said Freshman Rhys Davis.
Their October 11th road match in Franklin put them in a tough spot after losing by 2 goals.
Sharon is now in 4th place after losing 6-4 to the undefeated Milford. The Eagles fought back from a 3-0 halftime deficit with goals from Higgins and Ben Nathan. Higgins scored with 32 minutes left after an assist from Ben Nathan, and Nathan then scored his first of the year after the Milford keeper failed to deal with a ball in the box.
Milford then made it 4-2; however, Higgins brought it back to a 1 goal game after a freekick from 25 yards out. The Hawks responded with 2 goals despite Ben Nathan’s last-minute effort to make it 6-4 in a thrilling match.
“It’s a great experience to be on the team and things seem to be going uphill right now since we just made the Hock 5,” said freshman Brandon Mauricio.
Tonight, Sharon hosts 2nd place North Attleboro under the lights.