The Revolution U-12 Boys Capture Crown
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Written by: Ron Gamon
Sunday, April 13, 2008
The Bristol Revolution U-12 Boys completed their Indoor season in dramatic fashion. After finishing the regular season in 5th place they needed to play an early play in game to move into the playoffs semi finals. Their opponent was Central Falls with whom they had split the regular season series at 1-1.
The Revolution dominated play and took an early 2-goal lead. The defense was stifling and limited Central Falls to very few clean shots. When Central Falls scored their 1st goal, The Revolution responded with a goal of their own. One more goal by The Revolution put the game away. With the 4-1 win they moved on to the semi finals.
The next opponent was the 1st place team, America, who were undefeated in the regular season. The defense and goaltending was put to the test in this game as America has a very strong offense, but they rose to the challenge. They played great positional defense and the goaltender limited America to very few rebound shots. Bristol again scored the first 2 goals of the game on great team passing and players moving without the ball to open areas. America kept the pressure on and scored their 1st goal midway through the game. Bristol remained calm and played their game and responded with 2 more goals making it 4-1. America would add another goal late as Bristol was trying to run out the clock, but that was as close as they would get, final score 4-2 and on to the finals.
In the playoff finals, The Revolution would face Portsmouth who advanced when the Nor’Easter Stingers forfeited their game. Bristol put pressure on the Portsmouth goalie early and often with many good scoring chances. They scored the 1st goal of the game midway through the 1st half, but Portsmouth scored on a break away soon after. The game was still knotted 1-1 at the end of the 1st half. Bristol scored early in the 2nd, but again Portsmouth broke through a few minutes later to tie it at 2-2. The defenses tightened and the game was still tied 2-2 at the end of regulation. The play was very exciting in the 5-minute overtime as both teams had good scoring chances, but both goaltenders made some great saves. No one would score in the overtime, so it would go down to a shoot-out. The Revolution players were able to bury all 3 of their shots, while Portsmouth could only manage 1. The Revolution were the Indoor Champions!!!
This was truly a great TEAM effort. Andrew Lowis played fantastic in net all day, along with the defense of Justin Matrone, Jonathan Mota, Will Hendrix, Jake Foreman & Curtis Dyer were phenomenal as they held some potent offenses to just 5 goals. The offense of Kyle Valenzuela, Ryan Gamon, Matt Cabral, Ethan Costa, and Nainoa Nathanson scored 10 goals on great passing and unselfish play.
CONGRATULATIONS and good luck in your Spring outdoor season.
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