The 2011-2012 Boys varsity soccer team entered this season’s playoffs with high expectations, after winning the state championship in both of the last two years. The team finished the season well, with a 6-4-4 record. The team easily advanced to the playoffs, where they looked to “threepeat” by once again winning the state championship. The team faced off on November 8th with Port Jefferson for the Long Island Championship. The game was extremely close throughout, and even though Friends was unable to score, goalkeeper Eli Russo (’12) shutout Port Jeff with 10 saves to keep the game tied. At the end of regulation, the game was still tied, which under New York State rules means that the teams play an overtime consisting of two fifteen-minute periods. The Quakers battled hard, ultimately falling short to Port Jeff by one goal, which came with 4:53 left in the first overtime period. Although this defeat eliminated the Boys Varsity soccer team from State Championship contention, players were extremely satisfied with the effort put forth by this year’s team. Even though the team will lose several senior members, players seemed extremely hopeful for next season (no guarantees)! Even though this year’s boy’s varsity soccer team ultimately fell short of their goals and expectations, the players feel good about their effort and success of this year’s team.
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