Belchertown wins first state title

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WORCESTER — The final state title game of the soccer season required a few extra minutes to determine a winner and with a full push into the Medway box, a bounding ball was knocked home by Cameron Messier to give Belchertown a 2-1 victory and the Division 3 state championship, its first in school history.

“As soon as I scored it was just a huge rush of adrenaline,” said Messier. “It feels like a dream right now.”

The Orioles dialed up the pressure in the sixth minute of overtime and after Billy Aldrich missed in front of the net, Jonathan Ingram shot from the left side. Although the initial bid was stopped, it landed on Messier’s foot for the golden goal opportunity.

“It’s been a long time coming for us,” said Belchertown coach Tony Almeida, whose team lost to Stoneham in their last finals appearance in 2005. “It’s great to pull one off.”

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