The CCHS men’s soccer team continues to impress, defeating Arlington in a thriller in penalty kicks to advance to the state finals.
After an impressive 9-2-6 regular season record, CC defeated Central Catholic, North Andover and Belmont in the playoffs to advance to the North Division Finals in Lynn against Arlington, with a state championship bid on the line.
CC student fans and parents made the long road trip along with the team to Lynn to watch the high-stakes battle take place.
To advance to the final, CC went up against the defensive Arlington team, which had conceded very few goals throughout the tournament. The match went back and forth, with each team having numerous chances during the 80 minutes of regulation play. At the end of regulation, neither team had scored and the score was 0-0. During overtime things heated up even more, with great opportunities for each team to score. If one team scored in the overtime period, the game would automatically end due to the golden goal rule. However, the match remained scoreless after overtime, so the game was forced into the dreaded penalty kick decider.
During the penalties, CC jumped out to a lead early with CC goalie Van Inwegen making two huge consecutive saves. Eventually, Arlington fought back and combined with some saves from their keeper and putting their own penalties away forced the penalties into sudden death. On their second chance to end the match, after Van Inwegen made two more saves, CC Junior Blaise Siefer slotted away his kick to send CC to the final.
Concord-Carlisle, after their 5-4 PK defeat of Arlington (CC PK scorers: Chung, Ehrenthal, Hartshorne, McMorrow, Siefer), will advance to the State Finals. Goalkeeper Davis Van Inwegen impressively saved 4 out of 8 penalty kicks by Arlington to allow this impressive feat to occur.
When asked about his team’s thrilling victory, Captain Logan Dick ’18 had only one thing to say: “To the ‘SHIP!” He also later added that “Davis Van Inwegen is a god.” CC will look to become state champions for the first time since 2014, playing either Oliver Ames or Pembroke in the finals.
Congratulations to the CC Men’s Soccer team on their amazing victory last night, and we will have more information on the state championship game as soon as the other opponent, location, and time is determined.