CONCORD — The Gloucester boys soccer team took the long ride to Concord-Carlisle Regional High School on Sunday afternoon, knowing that it would have to bring its “A-game” if it wanted to stand a chance against the stacked Patriots.
The Fishermen came into their opening round game as the No. 13 seed in Division 2 North, while the Patriots are not only the No. 4 seed but they are also widely seen as one of the top 10 teams in the state and are even ranked in the top 100 Nationally in some publications.
Gloucester, however, was not about to just roll over to the heavily favored Patriots. With Senior Captain Calvin Kipruto named an All-League player in the Northeastern Conference, and senior captain Alex Dahlmer along with sophomore goalkeeper Treigh Worell making the NEC All Star team, Gloucester had some talent of its own.
Although it wasn’t enough to take down Concord-Carlisle, which lived up to its reputation in a very close 2-1 win, the Fishermen defense was all over the place and Worell played better than you could ask any sophomore to play in that situation.
“I told the kids before the game we had to have a really good game out of Treigh in net, which we did,” Gloucester head coach Armando Marnoto said. “As a sophomore player, he grew up a lot today.
We had to play mistake free ball in the back, which for two of the goals we didn’t, but for the rest of the game I thought they played really well.”
Concord-Carlisle started the game with a very aggressive attack but the Fishermen defense was there every inch of the way.
For most of the first half the Fishermen stopped everything the Patriots threw at them. At about the twenty-ninth minute, Worell made two huge saves during one of Concord-Carlisle’s relentless attacks that kept the game scoreless and Gloucester’s hopes alive. But during the 41st minute, Concord-Carlisle junior forward Mitchell Palmer scored the lone goal of the first half to give the Patriots the 1-0 lead heading into the break.