Boys, girls soccer teams advance with playoff wins
Dartmouth High’s boys and girls soccer teams are advancing in the postseason, as both teams picked up wins in the first round of tournament play.
At home, the girls soccer team defeated opponent Falmouth 2-1 in the first round of the Div. 2 South tournament. In new Head Coach Scot Boudria’s first postseason matchup, it was a game that began slow, with the first half ending without a goal on either side.
“The main thing I told them is if they kept their composure, we would be fine,” Boudria said. “If they stuck with what got us here, they’d be fine.”
An Indians time-out let the team regroup and shake off nerves -- and a superstition which had thrown the team off to begin the game.
“It might be superstition, but we always start defending [the right] side, but we started defending the [left] side,” said senior captain Charlotte Correiro.
Correiro said once the team emerged from that time-out midway through the first half, teammates came together more focused than ever.
“The second half we played like I’ve seen us play all season,” Correiro said.
While the half ended 0-0, Kyleigh Wheaton put the Indians’ first point on the board three minutes into the second half, assisted by Katheryn Sequin.
“I was just really excited,” Wheaton said of the goal. “We’ve been working really hard for this game.”
Wheaton scored Dartmouth’s second goal with 18 minutes remaining, assisted by Jenna Cadieux. The Clippers responded with its own goal five minutes later, but were unable to score again.
“I think we stopped panicking a lot,” said senior Sarah Sughrue. “We played the ball on the ground and we also moved to it a lot more than in the first half.”
The win brings the Indians’ record to 13-4-2. The team will travel to Holliston on November 6 in the next round of the playoffs.
The boys soccer team also emerged victorious in its first round of the Div. 2 South tournament. The Indians defeated Canton at Canton High School 1-0.
The boys team will take on Foxboro in the second round of the tournament on November 6, 6 p.m., at home.