The Silver Lake boys’ soccer team made a strong playoff run, but it came to an end last week. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, the Lakers fell, 4-1, to the Brockton Boxers in the Division 1 South Sectional semifinals at on the road at Marciano Stadium in Brockton. With the win, top-seeded Brockton advanced to the Div. 1 South finals, which was hosted at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School on Saturday, Nov. 10.
In their game against Brockton, Silver Lake fell behind by a goal eight minutes into the contest. This caused the Lakers to be more aggressive during the game. It also gave them a strong scoring opportunity with about four minutes left in the first half, but they were just shy of the score.
In the second half, Brockton started pulling away and took away the Lakers opportunity to make a comeback. Brockton put up three unanswered goals in the period to go up 4-0 but with a few minutes left in the game, the Lakers made their mark on the scoreboard. Owen Nally made it a 4-1 game, scoring a goal on a free kick. By that point, however, the Lakers did not have enough time to make a comeback, even though they were playing well.
The Lakers, who finished the season at 15-4-2, played well in the postseason. Their opening game against Durfee resulted in a 4-3 win on penalty kicks. In their next bout, they faced a Bay State League powerhouse, Braintree, and beat them 1-0. The win over Braintree in the quarterfinals got the Lakers to the Div. 1 South Semifinal game against Brockton.
Now that their season is over, the Lakers will lose nine seniors to graduation: defenders Brian Reilly, Michael Carey, Connor White, Casey Grindle, Keagan Nocher and William d’Entremont plus forwards Michael Donovan and Andrew Corcoran.