Vs Williams JV
2013 Class B New England Championship
South Kent won their sixth New England Championship in the last eight years, and their fifth Class B title in the last six, besting number one seed Lawrence Academy on penalty kicks at Loomis Chaffee School. The Cardinals victory marked the first time that Lawrence had lost all season, and the 0-0 double overtime match marked the first time the highly powered Spartans had been shut out all year.
Playing without their most dynamic offense player, Miles Hackett, the Cardinals knew they had to put in a great team effort in defending the Lawrence attack. However, it was South Kent that had the first good chance at goal. Steven Valente broke in behind the defense on the left flank and saw his shot unluckily bounce off the near post for a goal kick. Lawrence answered back quickly as Amadu Kunateh unleashed a swerving shot from 25 yards that Detre Bell blocked away to safety. Bell then made a great save on Christian Hernandez and it was a sign of things to come. Despite a couple good chances there was not a lot of offense in the first half as both teams traded possession and battled in the midfield, South Kent had three attempts at goal and Lawrence four.
The second half was more open as Lawrence left their attacking players high up the field and a tired and hobbled South Kent team felt the effects of a double overtime semi-final the day before. The Cardinals continued to execute their game plan well, staying organized in defense and swarming to the dangerous Lawrence attackers. Kunateh drifted out to the left flank frequently to find more space but Kyle MacRae and Drew Sullivan and the rest of the back line marshaled him well. However, Bell was called on to save from his foot three more times in the second half. The Spartans best chance came when Abdul Khan flicked a header that looked like it would settle in the top corner before Bell made an acrobatic tip over the crossbar to keep the game scoreless. Austin Dilts had the best chance for the Cardinals when he struck a right footed shot from the left side that hit the top corner of the goal and bounce away.
Through two 10-minute overtime periods neither team could score a golden goal. The most pressurized of all finishes, penalty kicks, decided this well played match. South Kent substituted the stupendous Bell with semi-final penalty kick hero, Richard Glemawu. However, Glemawu could not make a difference early as Lawrence buried their first two kicks. Matias Correa and Chris Watts both made their kicks for the Cardinals to knot the score at two. Glemawu then made a diving save to his left to stop the third kick. The momentum was short lived as Aiden Perry saved Danny McClintock's effort. Lawrence made their fourth kick, as did Aaron Laranetto. When Christian Hernandez pulled the fifth kick wide for Lawrence, it set the stage for Newton Tsang to be the hero. Tsang stepped up and calmly sent the Cardinals screaming to celebrate with him as he sealed a sweet victory 4-3.
It was a true team effort for the Cardinals and a great performance against a very good team. Watts, Dilts, Ben Highton and Jeff Charles shared time up time top connecting the attacking and pressurizing the Lawrence back line. Valente and Kieran Bracken did a phenomenal job working up and down the flanks all day. MacRae, Sullivan, Mickey Watson, and Danny McClintock were huge in defense, playing well as a unit and tough in their individual match ups. Correa, Laranetto and Marc Almeida were all solid in the center of midfield. Tsang had a dominating performance in all aspects of the game. Bell and Glemawu were the stars of the show as Bell saved several dangerous attempts and Glemawu helped the Cardinals close out another championship.
SKS - 7
Lawrence - 15
Shots On Goal
SKS - 3
Lawrence - 9
SKS - 9
Lawrence - 1
SKS - 2
Lawrence - 5
SKS - 20
Lawrence - 14
Scoring (Penalties 4-3)
Lawrence - Kunateh (made), Colantuoni (made), Khan (saved), Tshuma (made), Hernandez (missed)
South Kent - Correa (made), Watts (made), McClintock (saved), Laranetto (made), Tsang (made)
Man of the Match
Detre Bell #1 - South Kent
Sunday, December 8th