LACONIA – The Laconia high school boys' varsity soccer team's consistent performance throughout this season, has helped them claim a spot in the Division III Playoffs. Entering the last week of regular season, the boys are currently in in 8th place overall in the Division. To protect a first round home game, the boys must win both upcoming games to either keep their current standing or potentially improve in ranking.
At the start of the season the boy's determination to get back into postseason play for the second consecutive year wasn't matched, at least initially, by their performance on the field. The team lost their first match of the season and was 3 and 3 through the first six contests.
The team turned its season around on September 23 with a 6-0 win against Newfound. This win set off a seven-game winning streak, broken on October 16 by a 5-1 loss against neighboring rival Gilford.
Coach Matt Dubois attested that it was the team's hard work and practice that allowed the members to form a more fluid team. Last week's loss against Gilford was a clear example of how communication loss and forgotten standard procedures on the field can negatively impact the team.
"Making it to the playoffs is a huge accomplishment," said senior Jake Sykes. "Losing against Hopkington in the second round last year was hard, but I know that our team has the potential to make to father than we did last year."
In response to making it to the playoffs, Dubois said, "The seniors have been working hard for three varsity seasons to get to this place, and have made much progress during these years. The playoffs will be challenge, as it's hard with teams you haven't played, but if the team plays consistently they should do well in the first few rounds."
This afternoon the boys will be traveling to Belmont to play the Red Raiders. Having already won against Belmont 3-1 for their first victory of the season, the team expects to manage another win today.
The Senior Night game will be this Friday, October 25 starting at 5:30 p.m. The Sachems will host Mascoma Valley, a team which has only won two matches this season.
The playoff schedule will be posted after the scores from this week's regular season games have been finalized.