Rangers Soccer Continue Playoff Hopes Heading into Semi-Finals

Cam Erickson '21 and Abby Papetti '21

After wins on both senior night and in the first round of playoffs, the Rangers boys soccer team is going into the second round with high hopes in advancing.

Last Wednesday, the Rangers ended their regular season with a 5-1 win over North Middlesex. The win included three goals in under four minutes at the beginning of the first half followed by two more later in the game. 

With two of the team’s 5 goals, senior Jackson Barry played a large role in the win.  Other goals came from fellow seniors Will Burger, Jeremy James and Noah Garvey. 

This past Monday the Rangers followed their senior night win with a victory over Worcester North. The Rangers won with a score of 2-0, with goals from seniors Icaro Viera and Jackson Barry. 

On Wednesday, Rangers faced an Algonquin team that went into the playoffs ranked number two in the district tournament. 

Senior captain Jeremy James says, “That game was a really big game for us. We tied them earlier in the season, but we were able to come out with a win this time.” 

Last night, the Rangers traveled to Northborough to face the Algonquin Tomahawks in the second round of districts. Goals from senior Captain Jack Phelps and Jackson Barry helped power the Rangers over Algonquin. 

The Rangers were trailing throughout the game until the goal from Phelps helped send the game into overtime. With nearly a minute left in overtime, Barry found the back of the net to win the game for the Rangers and send them to the next round. The win was an upset, as Algonquin went into the game ranked second when the Rangers were ranked seventh.

“Obviously last night was a big win for us, beating such a good team who was ranked higher than us, but right now we’re just focused on working hard to beat Leominster and get further in payoffs,” Barry comments.

The Rangers face Leominster on Monday, November 11, time TBA in the district semi-finals.