Dover-Sherborn pulls out OT thriller, moves on

WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- Sam Jordan was just in the right place at the right time.

Jordan took a header from fellow junior Sam Hunter and scored the game-winning goal as Dover-Sherborn (15-2-4) earned a trip to the Division III state final in a 2-1 overtime thriller over North champion Rockport.

“In the first half, we started off slow, but in the second half we picked it up and got that nice goal from Colin [Jamerson],” Jordan said. “Now we have the girls in the state semifinals too so this is one of the best days in the school's history.”

Jordan's goal came 1:54 into the extra frame and sends the Raiders to the state soccer finals for the first time since 1992, when they won the whole enchilada.

“Honestly, I'm speechless but once we started to play our style of game and stopped playing their game running and kicked the long ball, we got down to business,” Dover-Sherborn head coach Joe Gruseck said.

After a scoreless half, junior midfielder Shaffy Roell gave Rockport (18-4-1) a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute on an assist from Chandler Burnham off a cross. The cross ricocheted out in front of goaltender Brian Hands just far enough to give Roell a highlight reel score topped with a post-goal somersault as the ball crossed the end line.

But the lead did not last very long as the pressure from the Raiders was relentless on Rockport goalie Keady Segal. Segal came into the semifinal game with three consecutive shutouts in the tournament alone to give him a total of 11 shutouts on the season. But the senior goalie's playoff scoreless streak came to an end as senior captain Colin Jamerson tied it up in the 50th minute of regulation just beating Segal to his left from 10 yards out on a lead pass from fellow captain, Cameron Bielski.

Bielski almost ended it inside of four minutes left in regulation, but Segal (12 saves) came up with a fingertip stop again diving to his right with the outcome keeping the score knotted at one goal apiece.

“[Rockport] is so big and we tried to take that away from them, so the scouting report was to keep it low on [Segal] and he would tend to stay home,” Gruseck said. “It looked like Colin [Jamerson] got a piece of it but Jordan was right there too."