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State Tournament Ends for EHHS Boys Soccer

Soccer

Their season came to a halt on their home field Monday with a 4-2 loss to the Rams of Old Saybrook High School. Leading for 70 of the 80 minutes of play the Bellringers could not put away the Rams. The Old Saybrook side did not give up and continually took it to the East Hampton side in the second half which seemed to lose their competitive spirit.

Jordan casey began the scoring in the first half but Old Saybrook would tie it up before the half and they would take a 1-1 tie into the break. The tide had begun to shift. Sophomore Jordan Casey would again score to give the Bellringers the lead but that would be it for the EHHS 11. Old Saybrook would tie it up and their aggression and shear will took over. Coach Boscarino shifted senior sweeper Nathaniel Heroux to forward to try and ignite the offense but it was too little too late. The defense could not cover for the move. 2 unanswered Old Saybrook goals would leave the final 4-2 and the Bellringers were on their way home.

It was a bleak end to a long and roller coaster season but a season that saw many things that spring up with young players. They were at times brilliant and often mediocre at best. The Bellringers had the skill but not the heart. Team sports is a lot more than skills, it is eleven players heading for a common objective. 10-4-1 is a good season in anyone's book but as the immortal John Wooden said " If you accept defeat, defeat will find you". Spirit and heart get a lot of lip service these days but as any coach will tell you they are both essential elements of a successful team. Too often we accept mediocrity instead of striving for excellence. I heard a parent say walking away from the field " it's only a soccer game". When you lose it's only a soccer game when you win it can be an event to cherish. It was a lot more to the 24 players that began their quest in August. They just forgot the way. 

The Bellringers had a good run but Old Saybrook obviously played harder and wanted it more. Good luck in the quater finals you deserve it!

 

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Wendy Tierney November 15, 2012 at 05:58 AM
I guess I saw it abit differently. It was a fantastic game I watched that day. Yes, Old Saybrook won, but East Hampton players can say they played the ball, not the man, as evident by 3 yellow cards. If a player is hurt on the field in soccer, the players and spectators of both teams clap as they are taken off the field, to show their respect, or compassion. That was not the case with the Old Saybrook players. They stood and laughed, No.4 especially, no class in my book. As a parent I was very proud how our boys on the East Hampton team didn't fall to the level Old Saybrook did in some cases. To me, I saw these boys putting it all out there, to me, they did play with heart. I heard that from many parents on the sideline. It really was a great game to watch. Thank you to all the East Hampton soccer team players, and the coaches! It was a season to remember! Sincerely, Wendy Tierney
Patty Casey November 15, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Agreed Wendy! I thought they had an awesome season considering at the beginning of the season there were a lot of doubters who didn't think our team would be successful at all. I think we can all be proud of our kids, everyone of them! Patty Casey

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