Oyster River Boys Soccer falls in PKs in the NHIAA Division II Championship in Lebanon

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Andres Alcocer (left) from Oyster River and Otto Bourne (Lebanon) fight during the Division II final in Nashua on Friday evening.  about possession
Oyster River's Hunter Perry (11) and Ty Dorow will meet Francis Callandrella from Lebanon during Division II championship action on Friday night in Nashua.

NASHUA – Akan Ekanem hates penalties. The coach probably despises them even more given the Friday night result.

The Oyster River High School boys’ soccer team succumbed to the dreaded PKs when Lebanon won the Division II title at Stellos Stadium when the teams couldn’t sort things out after 100 minutes of goalless football, including 20 minutes of overtime.

The game ended as a 1-0 win for the Raiders, who beat the Bobcats 4-3 in five penalties, while Lebanon‘s Krists Putans pocketed the crucial PK that sank the lead Oyster River with his only defeat Season burdened.

“I hate shootings,” said Ekanem. “We practice it all day long, but it’s an unfortunate road. It’s a reminder of why I don’t like them. “

The Bobcats avoided such a scenario last year when Caden Leader scored a goal in extra time to break a goalless stalemate.

“I think that’s what we deserved because both teams were so close,” said senior midfielder Henry Zent of the competition on Friday. “Obviously not the way you ever want to go out.”

Hunter Perry, Andres Alcocer and Jack Vittorioso scored for the Bobcats (17-1-1), who went for successive championships.

Lebanese goalkeeper Easton Wykes attacked Oyster River’s Nik O’Hern with a parade at the start of the penalty shoot-out period and Brady Luczek hit the bar again.

“You deserve victories,” said Ekanem. “We didn’t deserve it today.”

Lebanon beat Oyster River 11-9 and the Bobcats made nine corners to seven for the Raiders. Six of Oyster River’s corners came in the final 20 minutes of the first half after defending much of the first 20.

“If we had put it more on the ground, we would definitely have been able to get around it more easily, but we didn’t,” said Ekanem. “They were put together defensively.”

Despite the early territorial inequality, O’Hern had the first good chance but was denied at close range by Wykes (4 saves) less than four minutes into the game.

“Once we settled in and got back to our schedule, it was more like what we expected,” said Ekanem. “For some reason we just couldn’t finish and took a hit.”

“I don’t know how we didn’t score,” said Zent. “That was a real shame. It was amazing to be in this atmosphere. We really played our hearts out. “

Oyster River keeper Kenton Quaglieri finished the race with five saves, including a beauty against Putans in the second extra time.

“We should have put them away sooner and didn’t,” said Ekanem. “That was well deserved in the end.”

The win ended a 30-year championship drought for No. 3 Lebanon (17-2).

“We all wanted it,” said OR Junior Nicholas Jurrissen. “I think they just wanted a little more. We lost our style of play and we got tired towards the end. They had a lot more stamina than us. “

OR’s Ty Dorow and Perry almost worked together early in the second half when Perry headed Dorow’s cross just wide. A crucial piece was missing for the defending champions.

“The touch in the final third wasn’t what it should be or wasn’t what it normally was and we paid for it,” said Ekanem. “We had a couple of shots, but we didn’t have the shots that we normally get. Your defense is solid. “

“We had a lot of chances,” said Jurrissen. “The only problem was I think we panicked when we got it and just rushed it and collapsed at the very moment when it was most needed to keep calm.”

Eight seniors played their final game for the Bobcats, who added a 16-game winning streak to Friday’s game, including a 3-1 win over the Raiders in late September.

“I’m more than proud of these guys,” said Ekanem. “They were absolutely fantastic from start to finish and finally to the very last kick. We’re coming back strong next year so we’re excited to see what happens. We’re kind of blessed with a chain of players ready to get started. “


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