SMS Boys' Soccer Season Ends with a Close Playoff Loss
October 26, 2018
The SMS boys traveled to play Woodstock Union High School in the quarter finals of the Vermont Division II playoffs on Friday, Oct. 26, and—despite a hard-fought battle—SMS was handed a 1-0 defeat to end their season.
Woodstock dominated at the outset with a strong passing game, and a substantial majority of the play took place in the Stratton half of the field. Goal keeper Alex Abdow (Alpine ‘19) made several fine saves early and kept Woodstock off the board. As has been the pattern the past couple of games, SMS began to make some progress in the later stages of the second half when they started winning the 50/50 balls. Junior defender Alec Nolan’s (Alpine ‘20) effort and aggression stood out in particular. Despite stronger play toward the end of the half, SMS was unable to score and the half ended in a 0-0 draw.
The stalemate continued into the second half, with much of the play occurring between the 18-yard lines and no great scoring opportunities for either side. An increasing share of the action took place in the Woodstock end, but their defense held firm and thwarted the SMS attack around the penalty box. With 16 minutes remaining, Woodstock broke through the SMS defense and their speedy striker drilled a shot past Abdow for a 1-0 Woodstock lead. SMS attempted to rally, and there were some promising combinations between Bobby Stevenish (Alpine ‘21) and Lucas Wiacek (Alpine ‘19), but ultimately SMS was unable to score and the game ended in a 1-0 Woodstock victory.
The boys team had a number of impressive wins this year—including a playoff win—so the boys can be proud of their accomplishments despite the tough loss in the quarterfinals of the State Tournament. We will miss seniors Philip Farnsworth, Lucas Wiacek, Zeb Powell, and Alex Abdow next year.