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Prospect boys' soccer team drops overtime heartbreaker in semis



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JACOB TROY chases down a ball against Hopkinton in Class M semifinal action at Merrimack Valley High School on Thursday, Nov. 5. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
November 05, 2009
ALTON — Heading into their Class M semifinal match on Thursday, Nov. 5, neither the Prospect Mountain or Hopkinton boys' soccer teams had allowed a goal in their first two playoff games. So nobody would have been surprised if the two teams came out and played a defensive game for 80 minutes on the Merrimack Valley pitch.

What actually happened was completely the opposite, as the Hawks scored twice in the first six minutes and the Timber Wolves tallied two goals in the final two minutes of the first half in an offensive show of force, a battle that was eventually won less than five minutes into the sudden death overtime, when the defending champion Hawks netted their fifth goal and recorded the 5-4 win and earned another trip to the finals.

The Hawks jumped out early, scoring two goals in the first six minutes, but Anthony Frangione headed in a great direct kick from Jesse Brown with 17:05 to play in the half, pulling the Timber Wolves within one.

Then, with the clock ticked down under two minutes, Erik Aldrich put home a loose ball after the Hawk goalie bobbled a shot by Jaime Fragile, tying the game at two.

Just moments later, the Timber Wolves were back at it and Zack Drouin tapped the ball in after the Hawk goalie mishandled another shot, giving the second-seeded Prospect boys a 3-2 halftime lead.

Drouin scored less than 10 minutes into the second half to up the lead to 4-2 and the Timber Wolves looked like they might have secured a bid to the Class M finals.

The Hawks, however, had different ideas and scored two goals in five minutes to tie the game, the first coming with 15:15 to play, the next with 10:47 left in regulation.

The Hawks netted the winning goal less than five minutes into overtime after a series of corner kicks had them knocking on the door.

Look for a more detailed story in next week's edition of The Baysider.

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