By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor
NORTHBOROUGH/SOUTHBOROUGH – A physical game ended in a flurry of scoring Oct. 9 as the Algonquin Boys Soccer team beat Tantasqua by a score of 3-1.
The win came on Algonquin’s senior night after players declared during their pregame huddle that they were playing for injured teammate Brian Morrisette.
“It’s absolutely huge,” said Senior Striker Charlie Hynes after the game. “It’s an amazing feeling.”
Andrew Sedzia opened the scoring early to give Algonquin a 1-0 lead.
From there, though, the game’s physicality escalated, prompting outrage on the Algonquin sideline.
Officials handed out two yellow cards to Tantasqua players in less than five minutes at one point.
Leading 1-0 at halftime, Algonquin doubled its lead early in the second half when Hynes capitalized on a free kick deep in Tantasqua territory.
Garrett Burns took the free kick and opted to pass wide to Hynes as Hynes darted around the wall of Tantasqua defenders set up in what would have been Burns’ lane to the goal.
Hynes said he had been speaking with his father prior to the game about taking more free kicks.
“It was a great pass by [Burns] and I was happy to get that goal,” Hynes said.
The physicality continued, but Algonquin managed to again spring Hynes on a scoring opportunity with just over 3:02 left on the unofficial game clock.
Hynes capitalized, scoring on the breakaway to establish the 3-0 lead.
Though Tantasqua answered with their own goal less than 10 seconds later, Algonquin held on for the victory.
Algonquin was scheduled to be back in action on Oct. 12 against Westborough. It was then scheduled to wrap up its regular season with games against Wachusett and Nipmuc on Oct. 14 and 16, as of Oct. 11.