Rachel Norotsky | On 14, Nov 2016
It has been a tremendous season for the South Burlington High School Boy’s Soccer Team. With 11 wins and only 3 losses (no ties) under the team’s belt they entered the 2016 playoffs with high hopes and months of preparation.
The first round of playoffs began on Tuesday, October 25th, as the 4th ranked Rebels faced the 13th ranked Mount Mansfield Cougars. The 5-0 Rebel victory consisted of 2 goals each from Amerlin Nemeye and Patrick O’Hara, as well as one from Rakesh Subedi. The boys came out strong and maintained this fierce drive to win throughout the match.
The Division I quarterfinals took place on Saturday, October 29th, against the 5th seeded Rice Memorial Green Knights. With both teams ranked next to each other the match was set up to be a close one, yet the Rebels prevailed with a 3-1 victory thanks to the cohesive team efforts led by tri-captains Michael Flaherty, Benjamin Lambert, and Max Capano.
The boys were pinned as the underdogs in the semi-final game against the Essex Hornets. With no home team advantage they faced the #1 seeded team and without a doubt gave them a run for their money. After 80 minutes of regulation play, the game was tied at 1-1. 15 minutes of overtime later both teams remained scoreless. The second overtime was hard fought and without goals as well. 110 minutes of playing later, the two teams entered the penalty kick shootout to determine who would advance to the Division I finals on Saturday.
The Rebels lost in penalty kicks with 3 successful shots while Essex had four. Goalie Josh Phillips had a fantastic game and could not have played better in this high-intensity situation. The Rebels have nothing to hang their heads about as they walk away with a fantastic season record and a tremendous effort against the highest ranked team in the state. Thank you seniors for four years of incredible play, we look forward to the return of boy’s soccer in August 2017!
GK Josh Phillips and Defensemen Brendan Bridge
Michael Flaherty (5) and Benjamin Lambert (7) attacking the net
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