Re: MIAA Tourney Scores
posted at 11/15/2010 9:14 PM EST
In Response to Re: MIAA Tourney Scores
[QUOTE]Weymouth has to be terribly dissapointed with their performance. They were up a man for the last 60 minutes of regulation plus 20 minutes of OT and were still unable to score a goal against New Bedford. Hats off to New Bedford for their effort. When you can hold down a team for that long down a man then you deserve to go through. Weymouth created a ton of half-chances and just couldn't score. So they exit the tournament in the South Sectional Finals having never surrendered a goal in the tournament. I didn't see the red card but there is little doubt in my mind that it was deserved. For one the ref was right there and immediately issued the card and the Weymouth player was furious at somethin because there was a minor scuffle after what the New Bedford player did. For another that kid (Tiago Dourado) was harrasing Braintree players all night long off the ball in the semi-final. By harrasing I mean throwing elbows, tugging shirts and pushing when the ref wasn't looking. So I'm not surprised he pulled something in this game as well. Robbie Lynch and Baptista went at it all night long and both players were really good. I'd have to give a slight edge to Lynch though because he seemed to be getting under Baptista's skin. Baptista was even given a yellow for incessant fouling on Lynch. I think Weymouth has more talent then New Bedford from the top of their roster to the bottom but New Bedford probably has a more top-heavy talented roster. Baptista and number 10 along with their sweeper were all excellent last night.
Posted by miked070707[/QUOTE]
I was at this game and I agree with much of what miked07 wrote. Fantastic atmosphere. And edginess on the field and in the crowd. The very tough mostly Irish Catholic kids from Weymouth vs. the very tough Portuguese, Cape Verdean kids from New Bedford. A classic heavyweight fight, and you got the feeling that both teams had grudging respect but did not like each other.
Not a beautifully played game as both teams, especially Weymouth, seemed intent on being as agitating and physical as possible as though to prove that they wouldn't back down. Seemed as though both teams thought they couldn't give up any edge in the testosterone department, and I thought Weymouth got perhaps too focused on trying to get inside New Bedford's heads instead of just figuring out how to win the game. Which is not to say that Weymouth didn't have their chances, as they had tons of Lynch throw-ins and corners and at least one of those chances would have led to goals against any other team. New Bedford has a huge center back, really good outside backs, and a very good goalie, but they were fortunate to survive all the the Weymouth chances through a whole game and 2 OTs.
Watching New Bedford warm-up I thought they looked like a college team, and not a low level college team. I think they were more skilled across the board than Weymouth. They have a very, very good back line, also a strength of Weymouth, and of course they both have exceptional center mids. Baptista looks like he could play in the MLS right now. Looks like a man against boys, and Lynch looked like a boy next to him. Baptista was terrific and I give him credit for not completely losing his cool as Lynch bodied, backed into, stuck his head in his chest, and anything else he could do all night. Baptista was very irritated but never completely snapped. His yellow wasn't for fouling...it was delay of game when he kicked a ball away from Weymouth for a restart. I'd give the edge to Lynch overall, who would almost score on one end and 10 seconds later make a key defensive stop on the other. He is a phenomenon, and you have to see him in a few games to fully appreciate his game. He just keeps coming and coming and coming. I've never seen a kid with his will to compete and win, and that puts him on a edge that he sometimes teeters on. Anyway, great, great matchup between those two. I'm sure Baptista does not want to see Lynch anytime soon unless Lynch ends up on HIS team.
I was astounded that the NB player put his team at a disadvantage so early in such a big game, especially given the big-game heartbreak NB has suffered in recent years. Also very surprised that the NB coach wouldn't have made sure that this didn't happen, given how prepared NB looked overall and how badly NB wanted this game. Hard to know whether the ref caught the retaliation and missed the instigation, and it was hard to tell throughout the game who was instigating and who was retaliating, and maybe there was some of both. Like I said, nobody was giving an inch on either side.
NB was very fortunate not to lose the game, and I give them credit for hanging in there on Weymouth's field in front of a huge Weymouth crowd through 2 OTs. They would not have lasted much longer. NB's coach could not even watch the PKs, as he was more than 80 yards away (and away from his team) with his back turned. For the record, he did not seem to challenge the red card and looked intense but overtly calm throughout the whole game. At the 20 minute mark of the 1st half there was no way to imagine that NB was going to prevail so in that regard the NB coach and team did a fantastic job persevering through what looked like yet another NB self-destruction.
Heartbreaking game for either team to lose, and was a battle very worthy of a championship game. Credit the Weymouth GK and defense for not giving up a single goal in 4 tournament games, including the very talented Brockton and NB sides.