After tying the match 1-1 with only minutes remaining against North Attleboro, the Foxboro boys’ soccer team could have been content with starving off defeat late with little time left. Looking at the sidelines and on the field, it was clear that the concept of a "good draw," does not exist with this team.
“We’re going for the win!” Warriors head coach Pat Nash yelled to his team after the tying goal.
37 seconds later, the win was a reality as the Warriors beat the rival Red Rocketeers 2-1 to improve to 2-1 with four points.
With scoring chances hard to come by in the first half, a strong second half saw an improved attack from a Foxboro Warriors side hungry for production inside the attacking third. Attacks down the middle were substituted for more action on the flanks, resulting in quicker and more regular chances at the North Attleboro goal.
“We were hesitant in the first half and we decided to go at it and attack and luckily we finally finished,” Nash said.
Riley Fleck had one of the Warriors’ best chances in the 46th minute on a run down the right flank but shot just wide of the North Attleboro left post. Fleck would have another chance in the 54th minute, finding the wrong side of the net.
Still scoreless in the 71st minute, the Warriors almost got on the board with Brian Bortolotti’s ball into the penalty area was just missed by Billy Antoine and rolled away for a North Attleboro goal kick.
The Red Rocketeers got on the board in the 74th minute when a Nick Adiar save deflected to Ryan Croke near the right post.
With time ticking away, attack was the only option for Foxboro.
"I thought we took it to them in the second half. They scored that goal with about six minute to go and we said ‘we’re going all out attacking,’" Nash said.
Both goals for the Warriors came from strikes in the 77th minute of action. Nadir Jichi found the top right corner from the far left to even the score with time ticking away.
Fleck’s free kick near the top of the penalty box seconds later found it’s way though the wall to Botrolotti who picked up his second game winning goal in three games
“We had worked on that in practice a lot so it was good to see that pay off in practice,” Nash said.
The Warriors play again Monday at Attleboro