NHIAA D-II Boys' Soccer semis: Hollis/Brookline, Windham triumph
O’Neil, a senior, was the hero in second-seeded Hollis/Brookline’s 1-0 triumph over third-seeded Pembroke Academy in the NHIAA Division II boys’ soccer semifinals Thursday night at Exeter High School’s Eustis Field.
The victory raised Hollis/Brookline’s record to 16-2-0 and earned the Cavaliers a return trip to the Division II championship game. Hollis/Brookline will face top-seeded Windham for the title Sunday (4:30 p.m.) in Exeter. The Jaguars advanced by beating fourth-seeded Oyster River 2-1 in Thursday’s second semifinal.
Windham beat Hollis/Brookline in last year's championship game. The Jaguars also beat the Cavaliers 4-2 earlier this season.
"That's the first goal of the season for Johnny, so it's just a great moment for him," Hollis/Brookline coach Rick Carvalho said. "We talked at halftime about who wanted to shine brightest under the lights. He answered that question."
The Cavaliers have made it to at least the semifinals in each of Carvalho’s three years as Hollis/Brookline’s head coach.
Trujillo and Hollis/Brookline’s Michael Pattelena each made six saves. Pembroke completed its season with a 15-3-1 record.
Windham 2, Oyster River 1: James Baiguy scored on a free kick with 12:16 left in the first half and Joe Forti doubled Windham’s lead with 25:55 to play in the second half as the top-seeded Jaguars reached the Division II championship game for the second consecutive season.
Said Windham coach Mike Hachey: “When you get to this stage and you have to rely on so many guys, it makes you feel good about the depth of your team. There’s talent all the way through the 25-man roster.
Neil Thomas scored for Oyster River on a corner kick with 3:28 to play. Patrick Mulhern assisted on the goal.