For the Fort Dorchester Boys Soccer team, the 2019 season ended with a Cobra strike.
Cane Bay upset Fort Dorchester 6-2 April 30 during the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs. JT Lawrence hit a shot early in the second half for a 1-1 score, but Cane Bay scored two quick goals to regain momentum. With just more than 24 minutes remaining, Carlos Murguia-Pulido found the net to cut the lead back to a single goal, but the Cobras again pulled away.
“They are a veteran team and we had some lapses that gave them a couple of goals and we missed a few chances ourselves,” Fort Dorchester coach Neil Veloso said. “Hats off to them because they created chances off our mistakes and took advantage of them. They have had a great year and they deserve to have some success. At least we battled. Our guys kept going and trying and that says a lot about them.”
Fort Dorchester defeated Wando early this season and was looking like the lead contender in the Region 8-AAAAA race, but then lost traction.
“We had a good season,” Veloso said. “We had some big wins early on but unfortunately we came across some adversity through injuries and illnesses at inopportune times and it kind of set us off here and there. But we have a young team and they really accepted the challenges this year. We had our ups and downs but we learned a lot.”
Fort Dorchester finished the regular season strong enough to place second in the region and earn home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs. The team only has four seniors so the future for the team looks bright.
“We will have 90 percent of our team back and some guys coming up from the JV team who actually dressed out for some varsity games at the end of this season,” Veloso said. “The kids we have coming through are very promising.”