Squad plays 'most complete' game in loss to Academy
The sixth-seeded Wellington School boys soccer team pushed top-seeded Columbus Academy to the limit in a Division III district semifinal Oct. 23 before losing 1-0 in overtime at home.
The Jaguars finished 14-5.
"We played by far our best and most complete game as a team this year," coach Michael Byrne said. "I don't think Academy expected us to be at the level we were at and that helped us keep them guessing what we'd do next.
"After Academy hit a post in the first half and missed an open chance in front of the goal in the second, I really thought it was going to be one of those games where it just wasn't meant to be for them and we'd find a way to slip one past them in overtime. Unfortunately, that didn't happen."
Academy outshot Wellington 11-3, but goalkeeper Alex Tannous had six saves to keep the game scoreless through regulation. Vikings forward Jake Tuckerman scored the game's lone goal eight minutes into the first 15-minute overtime.
"Our defenders, Nick Hammond, Connor Weber, Chris Jones and Sterling Adiansingh ... did a wonderful job limiting Academy to 11 shots ...," Byrne said. "You could tell Academy's forwards were extremely frustrated by our defenders' strong play.
"Our guys were understandably devastated ... I am so incredibly proud of the way they played the game, the effort they gave and the way they handled themselves. It was a joy to watch them and, although it was gut-wrenching to see them lose that way, at least they went out playing the best soccer they had all year against the toughest opponent we've faced all year."