The Cardigan Varsity Soccer Team traveled to Deerfield, Massachusetts today to compete in the annual New England Junior School Soccer Tournament. This event, hosted each year by Eaglebrook School, is a wonderful chance for the Cougars to play several teams and enjoy the final competitions of the season. The games are 20-minute matches and each team plays five games in their bracket to determine their final match for overall place in the Tournament.
The Cougars opened the day with a 0-0 draw against a very talented Indian Mountain School (who would eventually lose to Fessenden in the Championship match). In the second game, the Cougars earned a 1-0 win over Hillside School with a goal by Jeronimo Armida ‘20 (Mexico City, Mexico) who was assisted by Tommy Li ‘20 (Shenzhen, China). The third game was another 1-0 win over Eaglebrook’s Varsity courtesy of a goal by Miguel Ramirez ‘21 (Obregon, Mexico), assisted my Cris Padilla ‘21 (Zapopan, Mexico). At this point, the Cougars had a lunch break and were in contention to win their bracket and advance to the Championship game.
Unfortunately, after the lunch break, the Cougars came out soft and lost to a talented Rumsey Hall side, 0-2. The final game of the bracket was another draw, 0-0 against Fenn School. As a result of the loss and the lack of goal scoring, Cardigan ended up third in their bracket and would face Rectory School for the 5th/6th place match. Despite another 0-0 draw, the Cougars had a slightly better record than Rectory in bracket play and therefore finished in 5th place overall for the Tournament.
In the end, the Cougars were somewhat disappointed in the overall outcome but remain intensely proud of their overall season accomplishments and final record of 11 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws in regular-season play.