On Tuesday October 26, the Exeter boys soccer team won a huge playoff game against the 11-seeded Salem. Led by veteran coach Jim Tufts, the team set the pace early. The Hawks scored first and added another one to lead Salem 2-0 after the first half. The goals scored by Ian Mcaleer and Jack Guidain during the first half were a huge momentum booster for the Hawks. Sophomore star Sean McGuinness said that “[he] thought it was a sloppy first half, but we were still up 2-0, so it worked out.”
After the half, the Hawks came out flying and as McGuinness said,“the floodgates opened.” The Hawks scored 3 goals in the first 15 minutes of the half. As McGuinness explained, “Jake Gould happened.” Gould tore through the defense and had a near miraculous goal 10 minutes into the second half.
Quinn Mantegari also had a dazzling play where he dribbled through the entire team for a goal, leaving Salem’s defense in shambles. There was not much going for Salem this game, but they avoided a shutout with the final score of 6-1.
Boys soccer will be at Hanover on Sunday. We wish good luck to our boys.