vs. Worcester Academy
|Date:||November 8, 2017|
Knights Fall to Worcester in Closely Contested Match
Salisbury stepped onto their home field on Wednesday afternoon for the final time this season to face a strong Worcester side and fell to last year’s Class A runners-up, 4-0. Despite the final score, head coach Ben Walsh and his players felt they played a strong, all-around game, as both teams battled the wintery cold as well as each other. With only one loss on the season, Worcester is in a strong position to make another run deep into the post-season.
“We held firm for the first 30 minutes,” Walsh shared later, “before conceding three goals in the span of about ten minutes, goals that weren’t necessarily of our own doing, but more a result of excellent execution by the opponent. [Worcester led 3-0 at halftime.] We carried our fair share of possession,” Walsh continued, “but the majority was in our defensive end.
“Wes Cobb came up with some big stops in net,” Walsh said of his fourth-form goalie, “and the back line of Addi Teye-Botchway, Drew Bavarian, Thomas McIntosh, and Diego Narvaez fought hard to stunt wave after wave for a team that was dangerous at every position and extremely well organized.”
Walsh voiced his appreciation for other Salisbury units as well. “Our midfield worked hard and combined well,” he pointed out, “but we failed to move up the field as a unit and establish possession enough in their half.”
Continuing to rotate goalies as he has done often in recent weeks, Walsh sent fifth-former Jonah Anderson out to mind the net at the start of the second half. “Jonah made a diving save to tip a corner kick over the bar,” Walsh noted appreciatively. And the Knight attack finally got on track. “We generated multiple chances in the second half,” emphasized Walsh, “but unfortunately couldn’t put any shots in the back of the net. The good first half was followed by an even second half, aside from a brief defensive breakdown that lead to Worcester’s fourth of the day.
“All in all, we were proud with the fight that the boys displayed against a top team in New England,” Walsh concluded, “and felt that the score line didn’t necessarily represent the effort put forth. Still, it was a bittersweet feeling as the sixth formers played their final game at home for Salisbury”.
For their final game of the season, the Knights will travel up Route 41 to Sheffield, MA, where they will face another playoff contender in highly-ranked Berkshire.