FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -– It took all four quarters for Foxborough’s offense to produce points against Reading’s midfield and defense, but in the end, the Warriors earned an impressive 8-1 victory over Reading on Tuesday afternoon in an MIAA Division 2 East quarterfinal.
“It was a good game. We worked hard [and] it feels like we wanted it more,” Foxborough senior co-captain Connor Whalen said. “We want to keep [our tournament run going because] we’re making history right now.”
Foxborough’s offense came to life when Whalen netted his first of three goals at 9:37 in the first quarter. Reading (15-6) responded two minutes later with their only strike of the contest when freshman David McDermott connected with junior Nick Guenard, who sent the ball past Greg Stamatov (13 saves).
The Warriors (19-3) recovered and earned their second lead of the contest during the closing seconds of the opening quarter, as senior James Stather scored to give Foxborough the lead for good.
“It looked like we weren’t clicking in the first quarter,” Foxborough head coach Matt Noone said. “We had our opportunities, some silly turnovers [but] they turned it on in the second quarter.”
Senior co-captain Cam Felix connected with Whalen in the second quarter, while senior Dan McCarthy found junior midfielder Jake Soccorso in the third. The Warriors offense added four more goals during the final 12 minutes, as Soccorso and Whalen each chipped in one, while senior midfielder Jake Hyland recorded the final two points.
“Our defense was spot on today, we got a great goalie in Stamatov. We just possessed the ball all day long and when you posses, they can’t score. Today was another good example of that and that’s been my theme all year with these guys,” Noone said. “It was just a great game, overall effort by the offense and the defense.”
“I think we just ran out of gas,” Reading head coach Charlie Hardy said. “We [had] a little bit of illness over there. We have three kids with mono, two kids were [vomiting] before the game. I think they played hard, they’re good kids, they did the best they [could]. Foxborough’s a good team. They’re a good club, they’ve got the right things and they outplayed us today.”
Foxborough will face-off against Medfield on Friday in the Division II East semi-finals. It is the farthest the Warriors have ever been in the MIAA tournament.
“We’ve never been [to the semi-finals] this is all uncharted,” Noone said. “It feels very satisfying and yet, we have a lot of work to do still. I’m very proud of these guys, but they know that there’s a bigger wolf up North and they can take [them] out.”
“We’ve still got to work harder if we want to get any further though,” Whalen said.