(Manchester NH) Solid defense and opportunistic offense propelled Profile to the D4 boys’ soccer title, 2-0, over Littleton on Saturday at SNHU.
The title was the Patriots’ first one. They hadn’t even been to the state finals before.
How did they get there? “Our defense got us here,” explained Profile coach Brent Detamore afterwards. “Our center backs (Shea Young, Jeff Weinrich) are the two best in Division 4 in my opinion. They have been amazing all year.”
No argument from Littleton coach Jo Gardner: “They have a dynamic backfield.”
Seniors Hanzon Hunt and Shamus McKim had the goals for (16-4) Profile.
Turning point in this game? First minute of the second half. Down 1-0, Littleton’s 20-goal scorer Danny Kubkowski blasted a shot past Profile GK Jordan Brusseau. The scoreboard changed as the Crusaders’ celebrated. But then came the bad news: someone had been offside. Off came the goal and the momentum that would have come with it.
“That offsides in the first minute of the second half killed us,” said Coach Gardner. “A goal there would have rejuvenated us. It is interesting that in our semifinal win over Portsmouth Christian, they had two of their goals called back.”
Not only did Profile dodge a bullet but seven minutes later Shamus McKim found the back of the Littleton net.
“The ball was sent in from the left by Seamus Slattery,” explained Shamus. “The ball was up in the air. I trapped it down, looked up and saw the goalie coming at me, and put it into the left corner.”
There was plenty of time left (over thirty minutes) for Littleton to do something about their 2-goal deficit but the Patriots’ defense just wasn’t allowing it on this sunny afternoon. Most of the potential Littleton threats were snuffed out in the midfield area.
Coach Detamore mentioned Jeff Weinrich and Shea Young but my pictures indicate that Sam Greene, Cam Hoyt, and Jack Sampo had big defensive afternoons too for the D4 titlists.
Hanzon Hunt tallied the first Profile goal. “Seamus Slattery got the ball into the middle,” said Hanzon. “I got my head on it and it went past the goalie.” Seamus didn’t get credit from the official scorer but Hanzon gave his own credit!
#6 Profile ended with ten shots including five on net. #5 Littleton took eleven shots with three reaching the Patriots goalie.
Littleton was higher seeded because they played and defeated a D3 opponent.
Before today’s loss, the Crusaders (15-5) had won eight straight.
Profile finished the season winning ten of their last eleven. After two losses in August, the Patriots went on a 16-2 run.
This was definitely a game with few surprises by either team. Why? Bethlehem (home of Profile) is only four miles away from Littleton. “The kids are on travel teams together in the off-season,” said Coach Gardner. “Brent Detamore (Profile coach) teaches at Littleton.”
Both teams were chasing their first soccer title. “It was good to have two teams from the ‘north’ in the finals,” added Coach Gardner.
The Patriots and the Crusaders met twice in September. Each team featured the game as a Homecoming event and came away with a win.
Nice setting a Southern New Hampshire University. Even folks who couldn’t get seats in the stands had elevated views along the perimeter.
I appreciated the game information provided by the SNHU stat crew.
One thing I discovered, and I may not be the only one, is that the SNHU address (2500 North River Road) was unrecognized by my GPS. Fortunately, I had been to SNHU (from Massachusetts) for several NH high school basketball games in previous years.
I continue to like the favorable weather we have been having. The bright sun we had today helped to make this an enjoyable event.
(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.