2013-11-15 / Front Page

Overtime pays off with state title

Scarborough boys knock off Hampden Academy for Class A crown
By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


After a dramatic comefrom behind victory over Hampden Academy in the Class A state championship in Bath, the Scarborough boys’ soccer team captured the Gold Ball for the second straight year. The 2-1 win gave Scarborough its fourth state title in six years. Left, Scarborough forward Sam Ware attempts to get the ball around Hampden forward Nicholas Gilpin and set up an offensive opportunity for the Red Storm in the second half of last Saturday’s Class A title game. Ware went on to score the winning goal with 8:08 left in overtime. (Michael Kelley photos) After a dramatic comefrom behind victory over Hampden Academy in the Class A state championship in Bath, the Scarborough boys’ soccer team captured the Gold Ball for the second straight year. The 2-1 win gave Scarborough its fourth state title in six years. Left, Scarborough forward Sam Ware attempts to get the ball around Hampden forward Nicholas Gilpin and set up an offensive opportunity for the Red Storm in the second half of last Saturday’s Class A title game. Ware went on to score the winning goal with 8:08 left in overtime. (Michael Kelley photos) BATH — The Scarborough boys’ soccer team proved last Saturday that state championships are possible through hard work and resiliency.

Scarborough (17-1) won its second straight Class A state championship Saturday, Nov. 9 by beating Hampden Academy 2-1 in overtime.

The two teams — each one the top team in its conference — remained deadlocked in a scoreless tie through the 40-minute first half of the game. Hampden, which finished the season 16-2, scored quickly in the second half when, with 38:02 left in the game, Hampden midfielder Noah Parker fired a shot by Scarborough goalie Patrick Stanton.

Hampden would retain the 1-0 advantage for another half hour. Scarborough got on the board with 7:19 left in the game on a goal by senior midfielder Charlie Mader.

Regulation ended in a 1-1 tie, thanks to key saves by Stanton and Hampden goalie Isaiah Bess. Both teams were successful this year keeping opponents from scoring. Scarborough shut out opponents in 13 of the 18 games it played. Hampden has 10 shutouts.

“I told them we had a chance to start over and that it was all about making the best of the chances we were given,” Scarborough head coach Mark Diaz said of the advice he gave his team going into overtime.


Hoisting the Class A state championship trophy has become a familiar scene for the Scarborough boys’ soccer team in recent years. This year’s title didn’t come easy. Scarborough had to battle back from a deficit before eventually winning 2-1 in overtime. (Michael Kelley photo) Hoisting the Class A state championship trophy has become a familiar scene for the Scarborough boys’ soccer team in recent years. This year’s title didn’t come easy. Scarborough had to battle back from a deficit before eventually winning 2-1 in overtime. (Michael Kelley photo) Halfway through the 15-minute overtime period, junior midfielder Sam Ware had, perhaps, the biggest goal of his high school career, ending the game and giving Scarborough its fourth state title in six years.

In last year’s win over Mt. Ararat High School, Scarborough got all the offense it would need a minute and a half into the game when senior Daniel Ornstein scored. Ornstein would score two more times that half to help Scarborough cruise to a 4-0 victory.

Diaz said Saturday’s game could have had a much different feel had it not been for several big saves Bess made during the game or key plays by the team’s defenders.


Scarborough forward Noah Stracqualursi (10) races Hampden defender Isaac Foster (9) to the ball at McMann Field in Bath last Saturday. Scarborough was able to come out on top in the back-and-forth game, thanks to key saves by goalie Patrick Stanton and critical goals by Charlie Mader and Sam Ware. (Michael Kelley photo) Scarborough forward Noah Stracqualursi (10) races Hampden defender Isaac Foster (9) to the ball at McMann Field in Bath last Saturday. Scarborough was able to come out on top in the back-and-forth game, thanks to key saves by goalie Patrick Stanton and critical goals by Charlie Mader and Sam Ware. (Michael Kelley photo) “It was a tough game to win,” said senior forward Sam Cekada. “It is always hard to come back in a game this big, but we really stepped it up.”

“We knew they would play tough,” added Cekada, who is looking to play soccer next fall at a Division III school. “The key was just to keep playing hard and never giving up.”

Cekada said he and his teammates knew Hampden Academy was going to be a tough match.

“Hampden was definitely the best team we played so far,” Stanton said.

Stanton said he and his teammates knew the only way they were going to beat Hampden was to play hard and never relent.

“We kept our heads up and we played our hearts out until the end,” said Noah Stracqualursi, the sole freshman on this year’s roster.

By overtime, Stracqualursi said the team was playing on pure adrenaline.

“It was hard to know when to attack and when to hold back,” said Stracqualursi, a forward.

Since they are different conferences, Scarborough and Hampden didn’t face each other during the regular season. Not being familiar with each other’s offensive and defensive tendencies brings an unknown into the game.

“You learn along the way,” Straqualurisi said. “You know you can pull something out that the other team doesn’t know and won’t be ready for.”

That hard work resulted in a dream come true for Stanton, who will play soccer at Roger Williams University.

“It feels good. Ending my senior year with a state championship is definitely the best way to go out,” Stanton said.

Scarborough loses 15 seniors next season, including Cekada, Stanton, as well as Mike Caryl, Jordan Luong, Matthew Morrell, Brendan Lorello, Yash Punjabi, Wyatt Omsberg, Joe Lancaster, Max Ornstein, Charlie Mader, Derrick D’Auteuil, Andrew Morrissey, Chris Cowie and Austin Doody.

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