Wildcats win over Waterford with 10 men

November 5, 2013 by  

The semifinals for the Eastern Connecticut Conference were held last Wednesday, and the main talking point was a confusing issue at the start of the second half.

Before halftime, a player from Waterford received his first yellow card, but a player from Norwich Free Academy received his second. This meant the officials had to eject the player, but they were unsure if someone needed to take his place.

The NFA Wildcats began the second half with 11 men but, after reviewing the rules, officials decided to take the extra man out. Surprisingly, the Wildcats improved their game while playing a man down and took the game 3-2 in overtime.

Mason Rivera, who scored the decisive goal, said that the team had the drive to win with 10 players. The team had practiced the play that gave them the winning goal which made up for the players’ shortcomings. Rivera met a long throw into the box with his head to loop the ball over the keeper and into the net.

From the beginning of the game, it did not seem like Waterford would triumph despite numerous efforts by player Aaron Schwartz. They were denied a goal by an offside call and one shot that should have been an easy goal was hit over the bar.

School tournaments such as the Eastern Connecticut Conference bring about an abundance of school pride. Banner printing companies could receive projects for hallway and outside banners wishing the team luck.