By Jake Goloboy Sports Correspondent. The New England Patriots come into Gillette Stadium with expectations of a win every time they step on the field. Sharon boys soccer came into Gillette with similar aspirations Monday, but couldn’t find the magic touch the Patriots have had in recent years.
The Eagles played the Shepherd Hill Rams at Gillette Stadium Monday night, in a rare opportunity to play at the home of the New England Patriots and Revolution. The game came as another letdown for the Eagles, as they lost 1-0 to Shepherd Hill to drop to 4-6 on the season.
“We didn’t come out on top yet again. We had possession, but still couldn’t find the back of the net. That being said, I hope the boys will remember this experience for a lifetime”, said coach Brian Dunlea.
Both Sharon and Shepherd Hill struggled finding chances early in the game. The majority of the game was played in the middle third of the field, and neither team could break through the opposition’s back line.
“We came into the game thinking their defense would be weak, and we still couldn’t find our way behind the defense”, said senior Dean Kantor.
Both offenses were stale until 30 seconds left in the half, when Shepherd Hill capitalized on a mistake by the Sharon back line. The ball was played in the air, and came down in front of Senior Sam Weidig before bouncing over the center back and behind the defense. Shepherd Hill’s striker ran on to the ball and slotted it by goalie Andrew Filipkowski for the game’s first and only goal.
Filipkowski says that without scoring any goals the team was asking to be beat. “The defense played well. We communicated, and played as a team but one bad bounce killed us”, said Filipkowski.
The second half was more of the same for Sharon. They had possession of the ball in Shepherd Hill’s half of the field for the majority of the half, but could not find their way behind the defense. The Eagles had a flurry of attacks at the end of the half, with 3 corners in the last couple minutes. However, their attacks were thwarted and the game finished 1-0.
Senior captain Sam Weidig says that although the game didn’t end in the Eagles favor, he will never forget the unbelievable opportunity. “I hope next year’s team and the teams after have this opportunity. Playing on this field looking up at four super bowl banners was crazy”, said Weidig.
The Eagles have to win 5 of their remaining 8 games to reach the postseason. They have two games this week against 1-6-2 Taunton, and 0-7-2 North Attleboro. If the Eagles can win both of these games, they will be .500 and in a good spot to make a run for the state tournament.