Grade 8 Boys “BogRats” Win Championship.
In their third trip to the playoffs and second final The Wareham Youth Soccer BogRats grade 8 boy’s team won the South Coast Soccer League division championship.
The BogRats completed their first place season 5-0-1 outscoring the competition 14-7.
Wareham’s semi final against Fall River was a 0-0 game through the first half. Both teams had scoring chances but could not capitalize on their opportunities. Early in the second half Wareham was rewarded with a freekick 25 yards out. Midfielder Brody Garber stepped up and shot a rocket under the crossbar to take a 1-0 lead. Forward Ryker King scored two, slotting his second up in the far corner. Forward Seamus Braley picked up a through ball and ripped it short side to beat the keeper. The defense of Kevin DeCollibus, Luke Wiley, Charlie Richards, Nate Girard, RJ Yancey, lead by goalkeeper Stephen Sprague played well and secured the clean sheet and 4-0 win. BogRats advance to the finals.
In the finals, Wareham kicked off against a strong Fairhaven Mariner team, which they tied 0-0 during the season. Midway through the first half, Garber shot from distance and sneaked one past the keeper.
With a half time adjustment, the BogRats started the second half moving the ball wide, spreading the defense and creating space. Midfielders Nate Wiley, Shane Mazzoli, Aidan Fowler, Nate Conlon and Arman Araujo moved the ball well outside and kept the pressure on the Mariner back line. Center midfielder Ben Brogioli outhustled everyone, winning every ball and distributing through and wide. Araujo picked up the ball wide, kept possession in the corner, and passed back to Garber at the top corner of the eighteen. Garber bent a left footed shot up in the far corner for a 2-0 lead. Forward Nick Petronelli broke through the defense collected a rebound and slid it past the keeper for a 3-0 lead. Mariner pressured the Wareham back line with scoring opportunities and was rewarded a free kick just outside the eighteen. They shot low and hard and the ball bounced in off the Wareham wall for a goal. Late in the game, Aidan Fowler passed across to Ryker King who turned and fired the fourth goal high in the corner. Once again the back line of Wiley, DeCollibus, Richards, Yancey and Girard play great holding Mariner to one goal. Final whistle blew and Wareham BogRats celebrated their championship.
Coach Bob Catarius “The boys played well, some of the best soccer they’ve played. Winning means a lot to them and they deserve it. It is a combination of great kids, their hard training and their family’s commitment to the team. It’s fantastic.”
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