By Jake Goloboy Sports Correspondent. After Tuesday’s 1-0 win against Stoughton and a 1-1 draw on Saturday against Oliver Ames, Sharon Boys’ Soccer has sustained a six game point streak going into the last week of the season.
“This season is the polar opposite of last in terms of our momentum going in to the playoffs. We lost 4 of our last 5 last year, and are on a six game point streak this year. This momentum is huge for us,” said head coach Bryan Kelly.
The Eagles hadn’t beaten division rival Stoughton for more than 3 years before Tuesday’s game. The team was fired up to play, as seen by Eagles’ quick advantage. The deadly combination of seniors, James Dunlea and Jake Goloboy, produced the Eagles’ lone goal 10 minutes into the game.
“We’ve been playing together since we were 5, and the chemistry we have at this point is pretty much unstoppable,” said Dunlea.
Although Sharon got off to a hot start, they were on their heels for the remainder of the game. As the remainder of the game rolled on, Stoughton’s strong midfield and forwards created many scoring opportunities for the team. Luckily, goalie Andrew Filipkowski recorded his third shutout in a row, leading Sharon to their second consecutive state tournament berth.
“Last year we qualified in the last game of the season. Getting our 18th point out of the way to qualify definitely lifts a weight off of all our shoulders,” said Junior Ian Camilli.
The win at Stoughton strengthened Sharon’s motivation, but going into Oliver Ames’ senior night, they knew a steeper challenged awaited. The Eagles went in to the undefeated Oliver Ames game with a five game win streak, knowing that it would take a great performance by the team to extend that streak to six games. The game started off with a flurry of chances for Oliver Ames, but goalie Andrew Filipkowski made save after save to keep the Eagles in the contest.
“We wouldn’t have been in that game if it weren’t for Flip. He’s been our rock all year, and Salve Regina will be lucky to have him next year,” said Senior Michael Dumont.
Sharon began to carry the play towards the end of the half, and the first half ended in a 0-0 tie. Midway through the second half, after a number of great saves by Filipkowski, the Oliver Ames Tigers broke through. Senior Noah Kurland attempted to clear a ball loose in the box, but it fell onto the foot of OA’s Keegan Nutt for the first goal of the game.
“Honestly I thought that goal was the game. We were playing defensively and trying to bank on the 0-0 tie,” said Senior Noah Kurland.
Momentum shifted quickly in the Eagles favor after a switch to a 4-4-2 formation. Sharon had a number of chances in an attempt to tie the game before Junior Oliver Hu gave the Eagles the spark they were looking for. With 9 minutes left in the game, Hu broke free down the sideline and found Jake Goloboy in the middle of the field. Goloboy calmly slotted the ball home and gave the Eagles the goal they had been looking for.
“We should’ve switched our formation earlier. We had a ton of chances after the switch, and luckily we were able to finish one of them. That being said, the result may have been even better if we switched earlier,” said coach Kelly.
The game finished in a 1-1 draw, and the Eagles improved to 9-6-1 on the season. After beating Stoughton and tying Oliver Ames Sharon is on a six game win streak going in to this weeks games against Foxboro and Canton.