Four times over the past 40 years, the Bedford High School men’s soccer team has won an MIAA North sectional championship. And four times, the Buccaneers have lost to the South champion in the state semifinals. And each time the score has been the same: 1-0.
The latest chapter in this exercise in déjà vu unfolded Tuesday night at Manning Field in Lynn. Medway High School’s Troy Newman headed a shot into an open side of the net six minutes into the second half. And although the Bucs had a clear territorial advantage for the rest of the game, the single score stood up.
Head Coach Dave Boschetto said via email, “The coaches are just so proud of these guys for who they are as people and for everything they shared together. It was a remarkable season for how well they did but also for the work they put in, sacrifices they made and unselfishness and heart they played with all the time.” The game’s Vince went to Matias Ou, who was “all over the field while battling a lower-body injury,” according to the team’s Twitter feed.
The scoring play began with a high, arching throw-in from the sideline outside the penalty area to the right of Bedford goalkeeper Chris Venuti. It was as good as a corner kick, and the ball was tapped to junior midfielder Luke Ferguson near the right sideline. He drove the ball to the net, and it looked like it was tailing wide, but Newman pushed through and headed the ball into the open left side.
The Bucs put six shots on Medway keeper Kyle Regan, including three off direct kicks in the last 11 minutes. The biggest test was a drive by senior Marcus Voss; the goalie made a sprawling save. Meanwhile, the Mustangs managed only a single shot after the goal.
Bedford, Division 3 North champion, finishes the season with a record of 19-2-1, yielding only six goals in 22 games. Medway, strong and balanced with several very skilled players, was as tough as any opponent Bedford faced this year.
Besides Venuti and Voss, other Buccaneers dressed for their final high school soccer game were Nicolas Busse, Jessop Collins, Nolan Hafer, Andrew Harrison, Quinten Houck, Dexter Kennedy, Ryan Knight, Wesley Liou, Jeffrey Mascoli, Matthew McMillian, Alexander Oleksinski, Mattias Ou, Andrew Presti and Joseph Watson.
In the Air