LEOMINSTER– The 3rd time was the appeal for the Shrewsbury kids’ soccer group.

On Friday night under the lights of Doyle Field, Leominster and Shrewsbury squared off for the third time this shortened fall season, this time for the Pod 8 champion.

The visitors took care of business, propelled by Colby Meyer’s 2 goals, protecting a 4-1 victory to bring house the title.

Leominster, which began the season 1-3-1, completes the 2020 project with a 5-4-1 record.

” Not the outcome we wanted today, however this team showed a lots of resiliency after the way we began the season,” stated Leominster head coach Steve McCaughey. “We handled some injuries and every time someone stepped up. I took pride in the people and the way they completed tonight. They didn’t stop playing hard, even down 4-1 in the 4th quarter. They didn’t quit versus a really good Shrewsbury group.”

The Blue Devils took the very first 2 video games of the season against the Colonials (4-3-3).

” They are a great group and they are really well-coached. They are a team we are familiar with having actually played them three times this year,” said McCaughey. “They blend their looks throughout the course of the season and the game. We attempt to do the exact same but I believe they were just one step ahead of us today.”

The checking out Colonials utilized their size and strength against the quick Blue Devils, managing possession for much of the very first quarter, breaking through in the final minute. Shrewsbury forward John McManus’s shot from 25 yards away discovered Leominster goalie Anthony Truong’s hands. however the Blue Devils netminder could not squeeze the ball as it deflected off his hands and into the best side of the internet.

In the 2nd quarter, Leominster was able to develop a couple opportunities but could not beat the Shrewsbury defense and goalie Leith Khan. Leominster’s Thiago Cupertino and Alex Miller both had scoring bids, however couldn’t money in.

With Shrewsbury still hanging onto it’s one-goal lead heading into the third quarter, Leominster finally solved the Colonials and netted the equalizer. Miller’s direct kick from 30 backyards away was a blast that found the back of the net, simply inside the left post and under the crossbar to pull the Blue Devils level three minutes into the quarter.

The Colonials went back on top throughout the seventh minute of the period when Jack Dowling scored on an assist from Cole Lippert to make it 2-1.

Shrewsbury contributed to its advantage when Meyer cashed in on a penalty shot, discovering the lower ideal corner during the ninth minute of the frame to make it a 3-1 contest.

3 minutes later on, Meyer netted his second of the night during the 52nd minute.

” The 3rd quarter began fantastic when Alex scored that terrific objective, however then he went down with an injury, you might see how much pain he remained in, it took the wind out of our sails a little bit,” said McCaughey. “It’s no excuse, we expected the next male as much as do his task and choose up the slack however Shrewsbury was a little much better today, provide credit.”

The Colonials maintained their three-goal lead getting in the final 20 minutes and despite Leominster’s best shots it couldn’t cut into the deficit.

McCaughey wanted to send out a special thank you after the game.

” I desire to provide a special thank you to all my elders for the work they’ve put in, particularly the men that have actually been here for numerous years,” stated heaven Devils head coach. “We have nine senior citizens on this year’s group. It’s a difficult way to end their careers however they have actually had an excellent run, bringing a title back to the city last year.”