Emotions were high heading into last night’s game between the Kearsarge boys soccer team and Bow – and reasonably so considering the teams had just four games left to solidify their final playoff standing.
But perhaps most important for a Kearsarge team with championship expectations was the test it knew it would be up against with 1-loss Bow in town. And while the team’s battled their way to a 0-0 draw after the first 40 minutes of play, it was the Falcons who left celebrating a 3-0 victory.
The Cougars had their share of chances in the contest, most notably here when a pass from Bow’s keeper was intercepted by Calvin Berger who fired off a quick shot on goal. But the Falcons alleviated that threat, and a handful of others, much to the dismay of the home crowd.
Bow broke the ice with the game’s first goal seven minutes into the second half when this indirect kick was redirected past Mike Sullivan and into the back of the net, and added their second score on a perfectly-executed penalty kick past a diving Sullivan some 15 minutes later.
Bow added one more score later in the half to clinch its 10th straight victory. The Cougars are now 9-4-1 and are still well within the top eight teams eligible to host a first-round playoff game.
The Cougars will round out their home schedule against Stevens and Bow in the coming days, before closing out its regular-season schedule at Conant on the 22nd.