By: Jack Zinman (Correspondent)
History was made Monday night as Boys Varsity Soccer hosted Canton in the first ever night game at Sharon High School.
The Eagles stood at 0-3-3 coming into the game and were hungry for their first win of the season. The Bulldogs came in at 4-1-1 and looked to keep their hot streak rolling.
There was no pregame ceremony, no introductions, no fanfare. It was all strictly business from the start and the Eagles played like it.
The nest was packed, music was blaring, it was cold and the crowd was into it. “It was awesome to be in the stands to witness history. I’m looking forward to cheering on the team in the future,” freshman Brady Daylor said.
The Eagles had a lot of chances early as junior Michael Baur drew a corner kick in the 8th minute but the Eagles couldn’t capitalize.
In the 17th minute senior Nick Stamm played a great ball to junior Viktor Schneider who collided with the goalie and got called for a very controversial foul which resulted in a free kick for Canton instead of a penalty kick for Sharon.
And in the 33rd minute of the game, senior Daniel Gundez, from 27 yards out ripped a shot that looked perfect but goalie Alejandro Correal made the save of the season as he went airborne and kept the game at 0-0 going into the half.
Back and forth the teams went in the second half trading opportunities.
In the 66th minute Sharon’s striker, Andrew Ableman, struck a shot from the right side of the box with his right foot but once again Correal made a wonderful save to keep the game tied at zero.
In the 69th minute, Canton was awarded a corner kick and couldn’t convert on it. Sharon won a throw in but Canton senior Paul Corcoran picked up the ball and threw a ball into the box and senior Simon Cruz put the ball in the back of the net to put the Bulldogs up 1-0 with 10 minutes and change remaining in the game.
After a hard fought 80 minutes the, the final score stood at 1-0 in favor of Canton. It was a devastating loss for Sharon in front of one of the biggest crowds in Sharon soccer history.
As Sharon did not play as well as they wanted, the Eagles still outplayed the Dogs and the players feel like it. “Even with Cantons goal, I still feel as if we should’ve won the game with all the chances we had,” said senior Daniel Gundez.