Unlucky Break Bounces Soccer Team From Districts
After a 8-2-5 regular season record, the Maples soccer team lost in the first round of the district tournament to U of D.
The game was a nail bitter throughout as U of D needed an own goal and a penalty kick miss by Seaholm to secure a 2-1 win.
After U of D scored the opener, Tommy Bowman equalized with a bullet of a free kick from 30 yards out.
An unlucky bounce against the Maples led to another lead for U of D as a cross deflected off of senior defender and captain Dalton Geraldo into the Maples net for an own goal.
Geraldo has anchored the Maples tough defense this year.
“You have to give Dalton and our other senior defenders a lot of credit,” head coach Ian Whitelaw said. “We have been one of the toughest teams to score on.”
With 10 minutes left in regular time, the Maples got their lucky bounce as they were awarded a penalty kick after a handball inside of the box.
Bowman, a senior captain and four year varsity player, stepped up to take the equalizing kick.
Bowman went left but the U of D goalie also guessed left and saved the attempt.
“These are the building blocks of not only a great career but also life,” Whitelaw said. “If it were not for his incredible goal and effort to get the penalty kick we honestly would not have been in the position we were at that time of the game.”
The Maples continued to create chances but U of D held on to win in the final minutes.
The loss ended the Maples season but the team has kept their heads held high.
“Our expectations going into the season and playoffs were to compete for both a league and district championship,” senior goalie Kieran O’Keefe said. “Unfortunately, we came up a little short on both of our goals, but I wouldn’t hesitate to say that we had a successful season as a team.”