The Oliver Ames boys' soccer team felt a trip to the South Sectional finals slip through it's fingers Friday night.
After a Christopher Goncalves goal in the 34th minute of the second half put the Tigers ahead 2-1, it seemed as if OA was in the drivers seat.
The ride only lasted about one minute, though. Weymouth captain Josh Berg, wide open in front of the net, knocked it in to tie the game at 2-2 and send the game into overtime.
In the extra minutes, Weymouth's Akere Tambi was assisted by captain Mike Lynch to give Weymouth a 3-2 win and a trip to the South Sectional Finals.
For OA, the last minute Weymouth heroics stung.
"We were the better team tonight," Oliver Ames coach John Barata said. "At the end of the day, Weymouth is a very good team – very strong. But, tonight for most of that game we were better and we were just as good as them."
Berg's goal in the 35th minute of the second half didn't come without some controversy. An offside call could have been warranted.
"That was one questionable call," he said. "That kid was by himself inside the six. That’s an offsides, you know what I mean? Know matter how you slice it. But, I can’t really cry about it. We’re confident but you know we’re giving up goals against a Weymouth team that has [Mike] Lynch and [Josh] Berg and Akere [Tambi]. You can’t just watch them and sit there. So, we gave up a goal and it’s a shame. It’s a shame to end the season that way. But, someone’s season has to end. Just, today it was us."
No. 2 Weymouth advance to the South Sectional Finals to play No. 1 Needham Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
For the Wildcats, all of the motivation and leadership in overtime can be attributed to captains Josh Berg, Jack Lynch and Mike Lynch.
"I didn’t even say anything before the overtime. I put it on the captains. I had no idea what they said, but they said the right thing and they responded and we got it," Weymouth coach Bill McEachern said.
Weymouth and Oliver Ames traded goals in the first half, with the Tigers drawing first blood thanks to a Zack Wyman goal in the 17th minute. The Wildcats responded with a Mike Lynch goal in the 25th minute off of a free kick in which Jack Lynch earned an assist.
"Those kids are good," Barata said of Weymouth. "They work hard. They’re very aggressive. They knock the ball around real well. It’s just that today I think we were the better team. In soccer, unfortunately the better team doesn’t always win, but I’ve got to give them props – they’re an outstanding group of players and their goalie made some saves and Berg is just delightful to watch and Lynch is just a handful. They’re great – they’re a great team."
Hockomock League Champion Oliver Ames ends the season with a 15-3-4 record.
Seniors David MacKinnon, Kyle Labrosse, Adam Borbely, Joseph Abate, Andrew Szeto, Kyle Hayes, Kyle Johnston, Nicholas Man and Kevin Grant helped turn the program around, Barata said.
"We work hard and we’re a smaller school compared to some of the schools we’re playing," he said. "I think they work so hard trying to get it going. I’m going to miss these boys. Four years – they’ve been working at it. When I took over they were 2-14 and now they’re the Hock champs two years in a row, South Sectional Semi-Finals and they should be very proud. I just want them to know they did all that on their own."