MIDDLETOWN – When practice starts in August, hundreds of boys’ soccer teams from all across New York State, from the south fork of Long Island to Niagara Falls, dream of one thing.
Celebrating on Faller Field in the middle of November.
The 2013 boys’ soccer season wrapped up on Sunday at Middletown High School with three teams celebrating…and teams in the other two classifications not really sure what to do.
In Class A, Jericho and Pittsford-Mendon played to a scoreless draw after a pair of 15-minute overtime periods.They end the season as co-champions.
A few minutes later, the same thing happened in Class D. Chazy and Jasper-Troupsburg will share the state title after playing to a 1-1 draw.
For the most part, players in those games were not exactly stunned. They certainly weren’t elated. I think they were just plain exhausted after having traveled all that way and played two games in two days…only to have the final end in a tie.
I don’t disagree with the rule – it’s better this way rather than determining state championships on PKs – but there’s a definite hollow feeling about co-champions in the state soccer tournament.
My favorite reaction of the day came from Chazy’s Josh Barriere weaved through his teammates, most of whom were walking around in a daze. He ran up and hugged Chazy head coach Rob McAuliffe, shouting, “I don’t care!”
There’s a kid that doesn’t mind being called a co-champ.
I did a similar video last season. Check that out here.
Anyway, another terrific job by all of the volunteers and staff at Middletown making a huge event run seamlessly. Middletown AD David Coates told me that they estimate 24,000 fans attend the two-day tournament (obviously, that’s counting a ton of people twice – once on Saturday, once on Sunday…). That is a lot of people to feed, park and find a place to stay.
Middletown, which is locked in to host the 2014 tournament, has applied to host again in 2015, 2016 and 2017. They hope to hear from the state by sometime in January. Check out more details on that in Monday’s edition of the Times Herald-Record.
I’ll be getting to work on the Varsity845 boys’ soccer All-Stars in the coming days. When the team is published, I’ll post a link on Twitter. Find my feed here: @THR_Montgomery.