D3 BOYS’ SOCCER FINAL: WAYLAND 2, NIPMUC 0
MILFORD — The Wayland boys’ soccer team needed just 10 minutes Saturday night to secure the team’s second Division 3 state championship in three years.
The team’s first goal, scored at the 30:14 mark on a curving shot from junior Kobe Balson, turned out to be all the offense needed to triumph over Central champion Nipmuc.
As they’ve done all postseason, posting four consecutive shutouts and allowing just one goal in five games, clinical possession and strong defensive play carried Wayland to a 2-0 win at Milford High School.
“It’s so surreal right now,” Wayland senior captain goalkeeper Curran Murphy said. “To end my soccer career on such a high note like this is just unbelievable.”
After a premature exit last year in the Division 3 North sectional semifinals, victorious Wayland is right back on top in Division 3, a title it also claimed in 2014.
“A disappointing end last year, but the boys dedicated themselves right from that loss to get to this point,” coach David Gavron said. “There was no doubt in their minds that they were going to get here and win a state title.”
Wayland (16-3-2) scored both goals in the first half. Less than 10 minutes after Balson scored, senior defender Cam Gordon doubled Wayland’s lead.
Nipmuc goalkeeper Lucas Vanslette made a fingertip save on the close-range shot, but Gordon collected the rebound and added the insurance goal.
Nipmuc (18-5-1) had its best chance in the second half. Sophomore Jackson Bukunt floated a 20-yard free kick off the crossbar, but it was as close as Nipmuc would come.
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