ALTON — Prospect Mountain boy's soccer team earned a spot in the quarter-finals after a physical win over the Raymond Rams 3-2. "Our boys showed a lot of character today." said Prospect coach Gary Noyes. "We panicked early but settled down late in the first half."
Raymond jumped out to an early lead scoring three minutes into the first off the foot of Rams midfielder Tucker MacPhearson. The Timberwolves evened the score six minutes later on a Matt Hamilton goal. The score remained tied until the middle of the second half when Prospect captain midfielder Ken Gilbert was taken down inside the box an awarded a penalty kick. Gilbert went right and the Raymond goalie went left. Raymond responded quickly on MacPherson's second goal of the game two minutes later. Both teams had quality chances to find the back of the net, but the impressive play of both goalkeepers kept the score knotted up at two. Prospect eventually broke the tie on a Gilbert header off of a throw in from the right side. Gilbert's second goal would hold up as the game winner after much pressure from the Rams and and the setting sun in the eyes of Prospect's goalie. Raymond's last quality chance came on a corner kick that was caught by Prospect's keeper. Raymond's coach and players felt that the ball was caught in the net which would have resulted in a goal, but the referees said he was in the field of play resulting in no goal. Prospect Mountain will take on Hopkinton Thursday at 6 p.m. The quarter-final match will be at Merrimack Valley High School.