MORRIS >> In a very physical game between two of the better teams in the Berkshire League, Wamogo was able to hold off Northwestern and win, 3-2.
“I got a lot of guys bleeding,” said Northwestern head coach Andrew Campbell.
Wamogo head coach Tony Addona said that the physicality comes from playing in the Berkshire League.
“That’s how they play in the Berkshire League, the kids play with everything they have,” Addona said. “Every game in the Berkshire League means something, it’s good quality soccer.”
The Warriors (3-1-1) came out and put two quick goals on the board against the flat Highlanders (3-1-1), from Brian Leite and Sam Jepson before controversy ensued.
After Jepson’s goal, Wamogo went to throw the ball in, but the player on the Warriors grabbed a different ball off the sidelines and threw the ball from 20-yards closer. Jepson got the throw in and scored easily.
Coach Campbell asked the referees to talk it over and they agreed with Campbell and disallowed the goal.
“That’s a big game changer to have the goal negated, we lost a little composer,” said Addona.
Nothing went right for Northwestern early on, even when they stepped off the bus at Morris Town Beach Field.
“We came out flat and that’s on me, we got here late and left all the balls at Wamogo High School with the JV team,” said Campbell. “They scored two goals and one was a routine ball that went under my keeper, that’s on me.”
The Highlanders were able to rebound and score two goals late, Steven Lee and then Winter Throne-Kaneulis, in the first half to tie the game at 2-2 going into the half.
The second half saw the same physical play with both teams getting frustrated with the opposing team and themselves and both teams had their chances to win the game, but it was the Warriors who capitalized on its chance.
“I think we set the tone of the second half, in the first 10 minutes,” said Addona.
In the 50th minutes it was Leite who was able to score, his second of the game, to give the Warriors the 3-2 lead.
“We came out even stronger in the second half,” said Leite. “You usually expect a break down defensively, when there is that much time left, but out defenders were focused.”
The Highlanders had chances to tie up the game, shooting balls of the crossbar or missing the net, but the Warriors were able to keep the ball away from them.
“Jepson and Brian are outstanding players, they did a great job,” said Campbell. “They know how to waste the clock at the end of the game; they know how to play the game.”
“The last 20 minutes was a nail biter,” said Addona. “They are a very good team, they are very well coached.”
It was a very tough physical game and Wamogo was happy to be the ones going home with the win.
“It’s a huge win, we expected it to be a tough game,” said Jepson “its’ always nice to win the tough games.”
Wamogo 3, Northwestern 2
At Morris Town Beach Field
Wamogo 2 1-3
Northwestern 2 0-2
Goals: W-Brian Leite 2; Sam Jepson. NW-Steven Lee; Winter Throne-Kaneulis. Shots: W-9. NW-8.
Records: Wamogo 3-1-1; Northwestern 3-1-1