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Goalie Christian Lombardi makes a save in the second half of Nantucket's 3-0 playoff loss to Dover-Sherborn Saturday. Sports Photo Galleries
By Dean Geddes and Joshua Balling
I&M Staff Writers
(Nov. 15, 2012) After steamrolling through the first three rounds of the Div. 3 South sectional playoffs, the boys varsity soccer team met its match in the finals Sunday, falling 3-0 to a Dover-Sherborn team that was unscored upon in its run to the sectional title.
The loss, while hard to take, couldn’t diminish the success of this year’s Whaler team, which finished the season 16-2-2, earned the top seed in the playoffs, and made the sectional finals for only the second time in its history.
“This season, they were the best all-around team we saw in the 20 or whatever games we played,” head coach Rich Brannigan said of 11th-seeded Dover-Sherborn (17-5-1). “That doesn’t mean we didn’t have a chance in the game. At no point did I think that we were going to lose heading into this game, and that is the mindset you need to have.”
The two teams spent the first 10 minutes of the game at Braintree High School testing each other out, with most of the action in the middle of the field.
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