(Wenham) Some team is going to go away very unhappy when there are tie-breakers in place. This time it was the Gordon men’s soccer team after a 2-1 overtime loss to Nichols on a beautiful Thursday afternoon at Gordon.
The loss puts #2 seed Gordon (8-8-3) out in the Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinals. The win sends #3 seed Nichols (12-4-2) on to the finals on Saturday against #1 seed Western New England (17-3-1).
The Bison won the CCC tourney last year in a shootout with Gordon. This time they get the Golden Bears a team that defeated them 3-0 in September.
Bison Pat Gaumond turned out to be the one getting piled on after the game after he found the rebound of Danny Smith’s direct kick and drilled in the winner with less than two minutes left in the first sudden-victory overtime.
The direct kick came after Micah Linn’s hand ball just beyond the penalty area. GC goalie Spencer Lord moved right to set for Danny Smith’s shot. Unfortunately, for the Scots, Danny’s shot bounced off the wall of GC players right over to Pat Gaumond who had most of the net to shoot at. Pat’s 6th goal of the season kicked off the Bison celebrations.
Gordon scored in the first half nearly twenty minutes in. A corner kick from the right by left-footed Kellen Kasiguran ended up at the feet of Trevor Hinshaw in front. The sophomore beat Bison goalie Brendan Hamilton to his left for his second goal of the season.
But the goal didn’t hold up, as Nichols, early in the second half gave Scott Coderre a clean look from in close. The Bison’s top scorer (10 goals) capitalized on the opportunity.
The last time these teams played in 2011, the game lasted two overtimes and ended 2-2. With tie-breakers in place you knew that there would be a winner this time.
Both teams had chances over the last forty minutes of regulation and in the sudden-death overtime before Pat Gaumond’s game-winner. Andrew Vandervoort, Archie Reed, Luke Partain, and Kellen Kasiguran had opportunities for Gordon. Scott Coderre had an awfully good look for Nichols.
One of my pictures shows action in front of the Gordon net in the second half. The ball is loose and Pat Gaumond has his armed wrapped around GC goalie Spencer Lord. If that action had ended up in a goal there might have been some very unhappy Gordon fans/players.
A good crowd was on hand including folks from Nichols. It really helps draw a good home crowd when you play the game in the middle of the campus.
I know some of you, if you’ve read this far, are wondering what’s this guy doing covering soccer. No, I haven’t abandoned basketball. I have done some high school soccer on my McClelland Miscellanea blog for the first time this fall. I did play soccer (poorly) the second and third year Gordon had the program back in 1962 & 1963.
Speaking of basketball, I saw Tod Murphy and Luke Hamilton at the soccer game. They have a home scrimmage next Tuesday. The regular season starts the week after (November 15th – Babson) at home.
(I take my own pictures and draw my own conclusions. I own the mistakes.) The pictures enlarge to normal size if you click on them.