PRINCETON -- An undermanned Wachusett French River Soccer League team stunned the visiting squad from Harvard, 4-3, Monday at Krashes Field in Princeton.
Omar Al-Homsi potted a penalty kick in the 75th minute to bring the Trojans within one. Harvard had an opportunity in the final seconds as the official gave the Trojans a free kick from the top of the 18-yard box, but the shot at goal sailed haphazardly over the net.
Harvard finished the summer league season with a record of 8-2.
"I think we played with a lot of heart today," Harvard head coach Carl Schwiegershausen said. "Our team had a very successful season, and they learned how to play together well as a unit. I love how they play with a lot of energy. There's a ton of good talent on this club."
The Trojans drew first blood in the eighth-minute with a swift through-ball from the left wing to Mark Schwiegershausen, who beat the keeper one-on-one to give Harvard a 1-0 advantage. Wachusett's offense went on the counterattack and potted a goal of its own 15 minutes later on a shot that went just over the outstretched mitts of Harvard senior goalkeeper Ben Cadman.
Harvard answered late in the half with a goal by Nate Dutkewych.
Mark Schwiegershausen put the initial shot on net, but it was punched clear by the Wachusett goalkeeper.
Dutkewych feverishly crashed the net and blasted the ball inside the right post to put the Trojans out in front, 2-1.
The Mountaineers tacked on another goal late in the first half on a ricochet off the hands of Cadman before it was blasted home to keep both sides level at 2-2 after one half.
Early in the second half, Harvard midfielder James Kellogg was taken down on a vicious slide tackle and a penalty kick was awarded.
Varsity letterman Roman Vellante took the free kick and was stonewalled with relative ease by the Wachusett goalie.
Midway through the second half, Wachusett struck with a second-effort goal that put it ahead 3-2. The Mountaineers added an additional goal late in the half to make it 4-2 before Al Homsi netted the penalty kick for Harvard.
Summer League is meant to give players repetitions in game situations and the Trojans started to find their identity. Cadman has been the understudy of Ryan Kennedy in recent years, and he, like the other younger generation players, will have their opportunity for minutes at the varsity level.
"From what I understand, there were 10 starters in last year's senior class," Coach Schwiegershausen said. "Most of these kids did not get a lot of time at the varsity level because there has been such a large gap between the classes.
"This year's Bromfield boys' soccer program is going to have a much different feel to it. Overall, this summer, the boys really learned to trust each other. This team really hadn't played together all that much as a group, so this summer helped to build some camaraderie amongst them."
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