Lead by their defense, Leominster Boys Varsity Soccer enjoyed one of their best seasons, but the team’s playoff season ended abruptly after a heartbreaking loss in the semi-finals to Wachusett.
Wachusett was up 1-0, when a last minute score by LHS Junior Yago Miller forced the game into overtime. But their playoff hopes were cut short after an overtime goal by Tanner Gigliotti from Wachusett.
After practicing for nearly a year, their final record for the 2018 season was ten wins, three loses and five ties.
The coaching staff agrees that their defense was the key to their success.
“The defense was the best in Central Mass,” said Coach Steve McCaughy. “Overall they had a very solid season and we will have to see what they bring to the table next year.”
Leominster faced many challenges throughout the season, including one major concussion putting a player out for the whole year, and their starting striker being injured and out for the last 6 games this season.
Head coach Steve MCaughey said the team had been fairly healthy during the regular season, but by the time the finals rolled around the team was “pretty banged up.”
Coach said he will be coaching next year and that the team of twenty contained eight seniors, many of which played a “significant role” on the team. Their loss will be felt he said, but there will be a few new arrivals next year bringing in some new talent.