For Derryfield boys' soccer team, tourney title is 'sweet fifteen'
Derryfield School's Austin Hammer, right, flies into the pile of teammates as they celebrate after Derryfield defeated Sunapee, 1-0, in the Division IV boys' soccer championship game at Exeter High School Sunday afternoon. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
The number signified the tally of state championships the boys' soccer team has won after a 1-0 victory over Sunapee in the NHIAA Division IV state championship at Bill Ball Stadium Sunday. The win was the second title in a row for No. 3 Derryfield (17-2-1) and third in five years.
It was a nice bit of closure for St. Jean and his classmates and it came against an evenly matched opponent in the fifth-seeded Lakers (13-5-2). Derryfield won 2-1 an early meeting and a second regular season match ended in a 2-2 draw.
"He really got on it, but it just went wide. That was Liam, he thought of that himself and he's got a great service," said Sunapee coach Jack Iacopino. "It was a great attempt."
"This is what we expected," Cousineau said of the tight battle. "Playing them twice, it was never a blowout. I think we're evenly matched teams. There were parts of the game where we carried play, parts where they carried play. It comes down to those few moments where you finish one and make it count."