It’s been an up and down year for the Duxbury boys’ soccer team.
After starting the season at 4-1-2, consecutive losses to Hingham (1-0) and Hanover (5-1) brought the Dragons back down to earth. But wins over Whitman-Hanson and Middleboro seemed to get Coach John Tocci’s team back on track.
But apparently the teams’ last two performances did not sit well with the Duxbury coach, who told his team they are not getting it done in the big games.
“It’s just tough to know that the kids have so much more in them than they are giving,” said Tocci. “There isn’t one thing to pin blame on, but it’s a combination of stuff. The so-called players that should stand out aren’t. The role players aren’t role playing enough and the next tier of players that are on the bench that aren’t even getting in the game aren’t doing their job either. It’s been a breakdown all the way through. You normally get something about this time of the season no matter how good you are doing. Someone fades out of the group, but it can’t be the whole team like it was today. You can’t be playing the second tier of Marshfield and only be up 1-0.”
With 11 minutes left in the first half, senior Jason Marino sent a throw-in in front of the Marshfield goalie where sophomore defender Jason Dorsett put a head on it and put it into the far corner, beating Ram netminder Ryan Foohey for a 1-0 lead.
Going into halftime with a one-goal advantage and the wind at their back to start the second half, Tocci felt confident his team was in control until play got underway.
“Two breakdowns. That boy, as good as he is, should not be beating my best fullback and my best keeper,” said Tocci.
The Rams would tie the game at the 11:02 mark of the second half when junior Evan Jastremski scored the first of his two goals to make it 1-1.
With 8:15 left in the game, Jastremski would chase a clearing pass down, beat his defender, and move the ball around a diving Justin Marino for the game-winner.
“That wasn’t the only mistake we made. We didn’t challenge the ball. They hit it 60 yards and the kid runs after it. It’s nonsense. There needs to be more pride and heart.”
The loss followed a 1-1 tie with Silver Lake that happened when Tim Gavin scored a goal late in the first half out of a scramble in front.
Now sporting a 6-4-3 record, the Dragons need two more wins in their final five games to nail down a tournament berth.
Tomorrow afternoon they will take on Hingham at home at 3:30 p.m.