PHOTO/VIDEO: Victory for Brookline Boys Soccer in Rivalry Rematch
A tournament re-match between Newton North and Brookline had tensions high at Skyline Field Saturday afternoon.
In a rivalry re-match match that had both sides holding their breath at every shot on goal, the Newton North boys soccer team put up a strong fight Saturday afternoon during a preliminary round game for the North Div. 1 tournament.
But in the end, the Warriors took a 1-0 victory in the last few minutes of the game. Brookline forward and senior captain Eric Buck scored the game-winning goal at Skyline Park in Brookline.
The game was back-and-forth for most of the 90 minutes, with Brookline finishing the first half pummeling the Tigers' goal, but without results.
At the start of the second half, though, Newton came out with determination and had many close shots that nearly put the lead in their hands.
The Warriors managed to block all of Newton's shots and eventually worked their way back up to the Newton goal. After countless close-call saves by goalkeeper Nick Knain, Brookline finally broke through for a goal with just a few minutes left on the clock.
The rivalry between the two teams reached a breaking point partway through the first half of the game Saturday, when a fight broke out between players and fans from both sides. No one was injured in the brief brawl, but tensions were high for the remainder of the afternoon.
Last year, the Newton North boys fought their way through the bracket from a #19 seed to the championship game, where they faced Brookline and won 2-1 in a penalty kick finish.
With yesterday's loss, the #21-ranked Newton North ends their season with a 7-7-5 record. The 12th-ranked Brookline moves on in the tournament and will face #5 Somerville Monday at 4 p.m. in Somerville for a first round match.