Tuesday's soccer match versus Boston International was O’Bryant’s last chance to continue its season. Naturally, coach Ian Doreian was pushing for a victory.
“We are 6-7-2,” Doreian said of the Tigers’ record, prior to the game. “We need to win in order to qualify for the state tournament.”
Despite its best efforts, Boston International brought O’Bryant’s season to an end at White Stadium, shutting out the Tigers, 6-0.
It would have been impossible to predict the end result from the way O’Bryant started the game. The Tigers went in with force and intensity, making it clear they did not intend to have their season end.
Both teams exhibited impressive defense throughout the first half. At the end of it, Boston International was only up,1-0.
Junior forward Bruno Pires scored the Lions’ lone goal of the first half, 20 minutes in.
O’Bryant junior goalkeeper Greg Morrison believed the Tigers still had a chance at victory at halftime.
“I thought we were going to make a comeback and tie the game,” he said. “I’m disappointed because I feel like I could have saved at least some of the goals today.”
Boston International entered the second half more determined than ever. Once freshman Marcos Espinosa scored the second goal, they couldn’t be stopped.
Both Espinosa and Pires scored twice in the second half.
“We didn’t start the game very well,” said Lions coach Djon Ramos. “After the first half, we started to do what we were supposed to do. O’Bryant is a good team, and we play every team with the same intensity.”
The Tigers were disappointed to see their season come to a close, but proud of its duration.
“Overall we had an OK season,” said senior defender and captain Fabio Cabral, “but I still consider it one of our best.”
Coach Doreian didn’t measure the success of the team by the number of wins, either.
“We had a good season and our record doesn’t reflect it,” he said. “This is one of the strongest teams O’Bryant has ever had, and by far the one with the most class.”
While O'Bryant's season has come to a close, Boston International's has not. The Lions
will go on to play at Madison Wednesday, at 3:30 p.m before competing in the state tournament.
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