Medfield senior midfielder Jake Sherman (left) navigates the ball by Hopkinton’s Andrew Gaughan (right) and cuts to the cage.
By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
On September 17, the Medfield High School boys soccer team lost a 1-0 heartbreaker against rival Westwood. Unfortunately for the rest of the TVL, all the loss to the Wolverines did was flip the switch for the Warriors (7-3-5, 7-3-5).
Entering Monday’s matchup with rival Hopkinton, Medfield was unbeaten in their previous nine contests (5-0-4). After playing to a scoreless draw with Hopkinton on September 20, Monday’s match with the Hillers (7-6-3, 7-5-3) would decide the season series between the two TVL Large foes, as Medfield looked to extend their unbeaten streak to double digits.
After falling behind 1-0 at halftime, Medfield was in need of a response. Less than five minutes into the second half, senior midfielder Jack McCordic lofted up a beautiful clearing pass to junior midfielder James Layden, who broke in through a pair of defenders and launched home a left-legged boot up high to tie the game at one.
Jake Sherman nearly gave the Warriors a 2-1 lead with under 10 minutes to play on a cross from the left wing, but the ball hopped over the senior’s foot at the last second and out of play, keeping the game tied. The Warriors and Hillers played conservatively down the stretch and settled for the 1-1 tie, pushing Medfield’s unbeaten streak to 10 games with three contests to play before the postseason.
Medfield will look to make it 11 straight games of unbeaten play when the Warriors host Norwood on October 24.
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