The Wellesley boys’ soccer team has not lost since Sept. 27, a 1-0 setback against Needham on an 80-degree day.
In Wednesday’s Division 1 state semifinal, junior Oskar Haeberlein pierced three goals through a wind-chill temperature of 13 degrees to power the Raiders to their 13th straight victory, 3-0, over Lincoln-Sudbury at Manning Field in Lynn.
Wellesley (15-3-2) will play Ludlow in Saturday’s state final at Worcester State.
“It feels like a dream,” said Haeberlein, the Bay State Conference Carey MVP.
“I wasn’t expecting that. I was really nervous coming into this game, but then I just let go.”
After a couple saves by each goalie, Haeberlein opened the scoring for Wellesley in the 15th minute on a free kick from 35 yards out, a laser placed under the bar and out of the reach of L-S keeper Connor Lachman.
His two other goals were both off rebounds. The first in the 30th minute after an initial shot by senior Owen DeOliveira. He finished the hat trick by jamming a rebound inside the left post in the 67th minute.
“He got that goal on Monday, and that gave him a lot of confidence,” said Wellesley coach Tim Mason, referring to Haeberlein’s winner against BC High in the South final. “It’s amazing what that does for a kid. Big players step up at big times, so I’m very pleased for him.”
The Raiders controlled the ball for most of the game, including virtually the entire first half.
“We had a good game plan, we got some good film on them and we did our homework,” Mason said. “We were able to execute.”
Wayland 2, Holliston 1 — With the score tied, 1-1, and seven minute remaining in regulation,
senior captain Gage Fuller was alone with the ball, 40 yards from the net.
The midfielder ripped a line drive that trickled through the hands of Holliston goalie Jake Heihsel and into the back of the net for the semifinal win.
The Warriors (17-5-1) will play Nipmuc for the state title Saturday at Worcester State.
“I just took a touch across my body and hit it,” Fuller said. “Got a lucky bounce and it went in. That was awesome.”
Said Wayland coach David Gavron, “Heartbreak for the keeper (Heihsel). He’s such a great keeper and it’s such a fluke. He’ll make that save 99 out of 100 times. I’m obviously excited and happy for us but I understand how horrible he’s probably feeling.”
Wayland jumped ahead in the seventh minute. Sophomore Zachary Campana danced around a defender and fired a spiraling left-footed shot from 25 yards out.
Holliston answered with under a minute remaining in the first half.
Senior captain Patrick Mejia sent a free kick that ringed off the crossbar but junior forward Carter Mikkelsen headed in the rebound for the tying oal.
Heihsel made a number of saves to keep the score tied. But Fuller, who played on the 2016 state championship team, came through with the winner.
“It means everything to me to finally get back there,” Fuller said. “I’m looking forward to getting back there.”
St. Mary’s 3, Cohasset 2 — From head to toes, Thiago DeOliveira left his mark for the Spartans, on his 18th birthday, no less.
The senior forward gave St. Mary’s (19-2-2) its first lead during stoppage time in the first half off a header, and scored what stood as the winner on a penalty kick in the 47th minute in a semifinal at Marshfield High.
“We knew with the ability we had that we could come back from any deficit,” DeOliveira said. “We just kept working hard and just kept going. It’s a great birthday gift.”
On Saturday, the Spartans will play Bromfield in the final at Worcester State, their first appearance since 2015, a loss to Monson. DeOliveira, a freshman on that team, said it would be great to finish his career with a win.
On the first shot of the game, Mike McDougald put the Cohasset (16-5-2) on top in the 15th minute.
After the Spartans drew even on Olushola George’s goal in the 29th minute, McDougald helped keep the game tied by kicking a ball away from the goal line off a St. Mary’s corner. But moments later, DeOliveira put his team ahead for good.
“We were down last game too, so we just settled down and played our game,” St. Mary’s coach Michael D’Agostino said. “Right off the bat I thought we dominated the possession.”
McDougald had an assist on Cohasset’s second goal, scored by Jack Simmons in the 52nd minute.
Matt Doherty reported from Norwell and Jake Levin from Marshfield.