Hopkinton finishes unbeaten boys' soccer season with title
Hopkinton players, including James McCluskey, facing right, and Keenan Trahnstrom, facing left, celebrate with teammates after defeating Bow, 3-0, in the Div. III championship game at Exeter High School Sunday afternoon. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
No. 1 Hopkinton completed an undefeated season with a 3-0 win over No. 2 Bow in the NHIAA boys' Division III soccer championship at Bill Ball Stadium Sunday. The championship is the first for Hopkinton (19-0-1) since a run of four consecutive titles between 2006 and 2009. Bow (17-2-1) had won the previous two championships.
Bow began to surge after the second Hopkinton goal, notching two golden scoring opportunities that came up short. In the 14th minute, Falcons senior Sam Cheney drove a direct kick from the left side just over the bar. Two minutes after that, senior Josh DeYoung blasted a header off the crossbar.
"Up 2-0, we knew the next goal was huge. 2-0 is scary. The guys know that," Zipke said. "They knew they had to get the next one and they did."
"I think what I am most proud of, aside from the early goals, is getting the shutout," Zipke said. "To come to a championship game and to get a shutout? You can't script it better than that."
"I was proud of them. We had some seniors, but untested…and they got to a championship game," Pinkham said. "I said first, let's get to the tournament and then when you get to the tournament you have a chance to win a championship. I'm happy they got a chance to play in the championship game. Hopkinton was the better team today."