Boys Soccer

ConVal loses tough game to Hollis -Brookline

The Cavaliers eliminate the Cougars from the playoffs with a 3-1 victory on their home pitch

  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team lost to Hollis-Brookline 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Nov. 3, 2013.

The first two times that ConVal faced Hollis-Brookline this season, the Cougars couldn’t muster a single goal. But when ConVal took the field in Hollis Sunday, they were ready to take it to the Cavaliers, last year’s DII runners-up.

“We’ve always had the ability to score against them,” senior Riley Henry said. “It was just the confidence in ourselves, to believe in ourselves. Our team together has always had the ability to score against guys, it’s all about having the belief in ourselves so we can score.”

Henry put the Cougars on the board at the 24:38 mark of the first period when he gathered a loose ball off a Campbell French throw at the right top corner of the box and chipped it in over the head of Cavalier keeper Michael Pattelena, far post.

“I was thinking that we have a chance to move on,” Henry said, “and we have a chance to make something out of our season.”

The Cougars kept the lead for the bulk of the first half, thanks in no small part to strong play in net by Liam McNally, who had a terrific senior season for the Cougars. The Cavalier chances kept piling up, though, and with 8 minutes to go in the half, Cole Owens drained a free kick to even the score.

“I’m not sure what the foul was,“ head coach Scott Daniels said, “but to their credit, they put it away when they had the opportunity.”

Surely, the Cougars would have been happy to go into the half even at one, regroup, and come out strong in the second, but in first-half stoppage time, HB’s Nate Owens scored on a penalty kick to give the Cavs a 2-1 lead that they would never relinquish.

“It’s hard to give that up in the last two minutes of the half, but it happens,” Daniels said.

ConVal had plenty of scoring chances in the second half, including one brief flurry that saw Pattelena out of the net and on the ground as the ball rolled aimlessly around the box, but the Cougars had trouble getting strong shots on net, even with plenty of opportunities.

“We executed in terms of getting the ball into the spots we wanted to,” Daniels said. “We had some chances to get some finishes, either deflections, not getting to the spot. We’ve had trouble with that all season, you know, finishing off free kicks, and it sort of continued today.”

ConVal’s seven seniors played their last game Sunday.

“What I told them at the end,” Daniels said, “is that they represented ConVal well. I was proud of them. They came out and gave it their all. They have nothing to hang their heads about. They played a strong game and I’m proud of them.”

Senior Henry was unhappy with the early playoff exit, but he kept it in perspective.

“It felt bad,” Henry said, “but I’m proud of my team and how we did. I’m really proud of how we worked out there, and really proud of all the guys on our team. Even the ones on the bench supporting, I’m very proud of them too. Everybody out there put their heart and soul into this game.”

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