Boys Soccer: End-of-Season Report
By Tomas La Porta Drago
The Hanover Boys Soccer season came to an abrupt end on October 31 in a double-overtime penalty kick quarterfinal loss to a strong Goffstown team.
After showing great composure while trailing 1-0 for sixty minutes, Hanover finally tied the game on a thirty-five yard rocket from Evan Greenwald with 6:16 remaining in regulation. Almost immediately after Greenwald’s goal, the lights at Merriam Branch Field shut off, taking away the momentum Hanover had just earned. The two teams waited fifteen minutes for the lights to come back on and played out the last six minutes of regulation on even footing. This led to an extra forty minutes of golden goal overtime.
Although they held a 6-2 advantage in shots in the extra period, the Marauders were unable to score, and Goffstown won 5-4 in the penalty kicks.
Hanover graduates thirteen seniors this year, including captains Robin Smith, Roland Herman-Stanzel, and Trey Rebman.
After a long stay in Division Two, Hanover will rise to Division One at the start of next season. This has been one of Hanover coach Rob Grabill’s longterm projects in an attempt to improve the quality of opponents faced by all of the teams in the HHS soccer program, especially the JV squad. All of Hanover’s returning players look forward to proving themselves in a tougher division next year.