On Wednesday, the boys varsity soccer team faced a tough group from Hoosac. The game was played in rough conditions with strong wind and rain coming down. Winch needed to look deep into their bench as injuries keep piling up. The boys started the game very conservatively, awaiting Hoosac’s attacks on their own half. It worked very well for the green as they were not giving much space for the away team and were able to create quick breakaways off of their turnovers. As the game went on, the Wapiti was gaining more confidence and started to create scoring chances. Very active during that part of the game was Heitor Amaral ’20, whose vision and accurate passes set up teammates with great scoring opportunities. After one of those passes behind Hoosac’s defensive line, Javier Morejon Hernandez ’21 was fouled in the penalty box. Javier converted the kick and Winchendon went up 1:0.
The boys didn’t stop there and became more hungry. It didn’t take long for Javier to find himself one on one with the keeper but he pushed the ball wide right. Another chance came a couple minutes later when a shot from outside of the box by Heitor hit the post. The best chance of them all came after another great play by Heitor, whose through pass was poorly cleared by the defenders. The ball dropped in front of Jacob Trowt ’21, who sent a great cross that landed right in front of the goal by Javier who missed the empty net. One might have thought that another Winch goal was just a matter of time when a long clearance from Hoosac’s end of the field caught Winchendon defenders asleep and found an Owls forward one on one with the Winch keeper beating him to tie the game 1:1. Right before the half ended, a scramble in Winchendon’s penalty box ended in another goal for Hoosac making it 2:1 for the away team. Winch had the right to feel very disappointed as the amount of chances created didn’t show on the scoreboard.
The second half started with a quick strike from Hoosac, making it 3:1. After a number of poor clearances from the Winch half, the ball found Hoosac’s player in front of the penalty box, whose one time shot went over outstretched Enzo Campiglia ’21. The goal took all the air out of Winch, and Hoosac took control for the rest of the game, converting two more chances and making the final score 5:1. It was a very disappointing result for Winchendon considering the number of great goal opportunities that they had.
The boys will have to bounce back quickly and be ready to face another tough task on Saturday when they will travel to the New Hampton School.