Soccer teams heading to the postseason

Nov 1, 2017

Dartmouth High’s boys and girls soccer teams are both heading into the playoffs, and both coaches have improvement in store before their first games.

The boys team, which closed its regular season with a 4-2 win against Falmouth on October 31, brought its record to 11-4-3. Despite a few challenges along the way, Head Coach Josh Silva feels his team has become strong throughout the season.

“We’ve gotten some really good results, and then we’ve kind of stumbled in some games, but overall I think we have a really good team and hopefully we can make a nice run in the playoffs,” Silva said.

The Indians had already qualified for the postseason before October 31’s game. In the leadup to bracket release, Silva isn't worrying too much about who the Indians could be matched up against.

“I don’t really look into trying to match up who we hope [to play] and all that – it is what it is,” Silva said. “Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you get a hard one off the bat.”

Silva said he has a lot of work to do before the first game.

“We’ll come up with a game plan and we’ll try to perfect it as perfect as we can,” Silva said. “We’re going to go back to the drawing board.”

The girls team did not have as much success with its final game of the regular season, succumbing to a 3-1 loss to Bishop Stang on October 30. Despite the loss, Head Coach Mark Poirier felt the season had ended strongly, with back-to-back wins against New Bedford and Somerset Berkley on October 27 and 28.

“I was proud of the fact that when there was pressure on getting points to get in the tournament, we played really well,” Poirier said of the two wins.

The loss brought the Indians to a 7-4-7 final record for the regular season – the number of ties is something Poirier noted wasn’t necessarily caused by one factor, but rather the nature of the game.

“It’s a real quirk with our record – we had so many ties this season,” Poirier said. “It’s a really a glass half full,” he said, noting that ties still count for points towards tournament qualification.

Heading into postseason play, Poirier aims to bump up his team’s penalty kick skills, so his team is prepared for the possibility of a tiebreaker. He also plans to research the teams the Indians could face. He’s looking out for Old Rochester, and a number of teams in the Tri-Valley League he’s not too familiar with like Medway, Holliston, and Hopkinton.

Brackets were released on October 31. The boys secured a preliminary bye, and will face Bishop Feehan in the first round at Memorial Stadium on November 7 at 6 p.m.

The girls team also secured a preliminary round bye, and will face Silver Lake on November 6 at 6 p.m. in Kingson.