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ConVal beats Trinity 1-0 in overtime

  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team beat Trinity in OT 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs on Oct. 31, 2013.

It was a rough and rainy day at ConVal yesterday as the Cougars took on Trinity in the first round of the NHIAA DII playoffs. The slick field conditions led to a lot of misplays, slips and dirty uniforms and certainly helped keep the scoring almost nonexistent. Both sides played a physical game, and penalties were called early and often as players went sprawling in the mud. With the score still 0-0 early in the second half, ConVal star forward Austin Wheeler was on the receiving end of a particularly rough collision that left both Wheeler and his man on Trinity flat on their backs at midfield. Wheeler got up and remained in the game for a few more minutes before storming off under his own power, spitting up blood all the while.

With their main goal-scoring threat on the way to the hospital, ConVal rallied behind the leadership of senior captain Campbell French, who controlled the midfield for the entire game, breaking up Trinity attacks and patiently planning out strikes for the Cougars. Midfielders Matt Czerski and Nick Phillips were also instrumental in keeping the score deadlocked and pushing the ConVal attack. Goalie Liam McNally made several outstanding saves in net; all those elements, plus stellar play from Trinity’s keeper, combined to keep both teams scoreless at the end of regulation.

It looked as if the first overtime period would end without a score, as well, but with about 2:30 remaining in the game, defensemen Stephen Twitchell drew a penalty. The ensuing kick made its way into the box and bounced around in the scrum, forcing Trinity’s keeper to make a dive out of the right side of the net to control the ball. A ConVal cleat poked the ball just out of the goalie’s reach, leaving him lying defenseless outside of the goal mouth, and ConVal forward Ian Szep found a way to propel the ball into the net from the middle of a crowd of defenders from about a foot away.

The team celebrated at midfield, albeit without their senior scorer Wheeler, who was diagnosed with a bruised trachea that he described as “very minor.” Wheeler hopes to play in the next playoff round on Sunday at Hollis-Brookline (2 p.m.), and he thanked his teammates for giving him the chance to play another day.

“Really proud of my team, especially the captains,” Wheeler said. “Very proud.”

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