Soccer: Dover-Sherborn 2, Hopedale 1

WORCESTER, Mass. -- For the first time in school history, the Dover-Sherborn girls' soccer team was crowned Division 3 state champions on Friday, as the Raiders defeated the Hopedale Blue Raiders, 2-1.

“[It was an] epic season for us from start to finish, and when I mean by start, it started like four years ago,” Dover-Sherborn head coach Dave Wainwright. “It’s just unreal.”

“I thought that they had a great game [plan],” Hopedale’s head coach Patty Armour said. “We lost to a good team, and we were down, 2-0, and we could have easily just folded at that point and they didn’t, they played [until] the last second, we did get another goal, and I was just so happy and proud that [my squad] never gave up.”

After a rather lackluster start, the Raiders offense registered their first strike of the match, as junior Taylor Coutt, one goal, one assist), connected with senior forward Maddie Dunn, who dribbled through the Hopedale defense before depositing the ball in the back of the net. Coutt then added her goal during the opening minutes of the second half, which gave the Raiders a comfortable lead.

“[They’re] the dynamic duo,” said Wainwright. “They got their chemistry over [an] extended period of time [and] wasn’t just like there, they had to work at it, and they did, they worked real hard.”

“For us both to score today, both setting each other up, stringing passes together I think was really good, [and] really what we’ve been pushing for,” said Dunn.

Hopedale added their only goal of the game late in the second half when sophomore Leah Siefring kicked the ball past Dover-Sherborn’s freshman goalie Meghan Hall. However, the Blue Raiders comeback hopes were dashed, as the Raiders defense denied any last minute shots to preserve their final win of the season.

“It was our goal from the very first day of preseason and the fact that we were able to accomplish our goal was just unreal,” said Dunn.

“We wanted to do it for the seniors last year [and] for the seniors this year, everyone deserved it,” said Coutt.