By Danny Emerman (Online Editor-in-Chief).
“SUNDAY AT 2:00. SUNDAY AT 2:00,” The rallying cry through the halls of Sharon High School echoed for days preceding the Eagles’ first round home playoff game.
When Sunday afternoon arrived, the Eagles fell flat against Pembroke High School, 3-1. Their historic season ended abruptly in the first round of the MIAA Division II South tournament.
The loss marks the third straight year the Eagles failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs.
“It was an honor to be a part of this team,” captain Shalin Patel said. “Everyday we worked hard and had each other’s backs throughout the whole season.”
Patel, who earned a spot on the Hockomock league first team — along with senior striker Ben Stamm —, says that he is disappointed the season “has to end this way.”
Pembroke, the tenth seed, outplayed the Eagles and netted three magnificent goals. Although Sharon controlled much of the possession, they failed to generate enough shots on goal.
“We possessed the ball the way that we wanted to and created the chances that we were looking for. Unfortunately, we could not put the ball in the back of the net,” Patel said.
Senior Jeffrey Gao scored his second goal of the season off a penalty kick with two minutes remaining.
Although their season ended prematurely, the Eagles consider the season a relative success.
The boys finished with a 11-4-4 record and clinched their first division title in over 20 years. During the month of October, they lost just one game.
“We became very close as a team and made history together. It just sucks that the season has to end this way,” Patel said.