By Adam Samit
Byram’s Boys Varsity Soccer season came to a sudden end on Wednesday, October 26 when they were defeated by Somers, 2-1 (4-2 PKs), in the sectional semi-finals. Byram looked like the team in control at the start of the game, getting chance after chance but unable to finish. Finally, with three minutes left in the first half, senior Captain Jack Beer dribbled the ball through three defenders and was taken down inside the box, drawing himself a penalty. Beer calmly put the shot bottom left, passed the keeper to give Byram a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
The second half was balanced; both teams were getting chances in front of the net but struggled to score. Then, in stoppage time (time added to account for injuries at the end of the game), a Somers’ player was tackled by senior Mike Bordash, driving the referee to call a penalty on a very questionable play. Somers proceeded to score the penalty, tying the game at 1-1.
During overtime, both teams had very few chances, except for a shot by senior Tomas Stepanian from 30 yards out. The ball, unfortunately, missed the goal, hitting the field goal’s post. After two ten minute halves in overtime and two five minute halves in sudden death overtime, the game remained tied. Next came penalty kicks (PKs)…
First, for Byram, Beer. Goal. 1-0. Then Somers. Goal. 1-1. Then, Neil. Goal. 2-1. Then Somers scored again to tie up the shootout at 2-2. Then, Tyler Harp sent the shot to the bottom right, but the Somers keeper made a great save. Somers scored the ensuing penalty, and sadly, Mike Gelb’s shot was saved. If Somers scored their next PK, they would win. That’s exactly what happened. Somers ended up taking the win in a gripping and unlucky game for Byram.
It was a great season for all of these boys, and respect is deserved for the seniors who put everything into their final season: Jack Beer, Matt Groll, Neil Dan, Mike Gelb, Mike Bordash, Tomas Stepanian, Max Levy, David Noel and Ethan Cohen. Glory to the Hills.