Exciting Win for Boys Soccer TCIS Finals


Photo Credit: Mr. Daniel Burke

En route to a second straight TCIS Championship, the Dolphins defeated the Oaks from Norfolk Collegiate in an exciting and spirited match. In a deadlock for the opening 30 minutes, the Oaks and Dolphins battled to find the back of the net for the first lead of the night. In the 33rdminute of the night, Mason Dudley played a perfect ball into the box, where the TCIS Player of the Year, Wlad Gassant, connected for the first score of the night; heading the ball by the Oaks’ keeper. With three minutes remaining in the first half, the Oaks’ striker caught the Dolphins on the counter, bulldozing his way to the equalizing goal.

The TCIS Finals now tied at 1-1, Wlad Gassant was dragged down inside the 18 resulting in a PK with seconds remaining in the first half. George Selamaj stepped up to the 12, and as he has done throughout the year, gave the Dolphins a 2-1 lead. Returning to play in the second half, the play was back and forth for nearly 30 minutes before Colin Sharp added an ever-important insurance goal with 12 minutes remaining in play. Colin’s goal became even more important, as the Oaks found the back of the net two minutes later, bringing the tally to 3-2 in favor of Cape Henry. After dazzling the fans with impressive footwork, Grant Shepherd found himself on the receiving end of a free kick from the top of the box. With his remarkable left foot, Grant buried the ball into the upper 90 and extended the Dolphins lead to 4-2 with seven minutes left in play. The Dolphins held on for the final minutes of the match, defeating the Oaks en route to the second straight TCIS Championship for Cape Henry.

Despite the lack of recognizable stats, it was clear the Dolphins’ top performer, Carter Atherton, was well deserving of the Finals MVP honors after many full-field runs, supporting the attack and fully sprinting back to his position as left back. The Dolphins will enter the Division I State Tournament as the #4 seed, with first action beginning for Cape Henry on Monday, November 5th. The Dolphins will host an opponent to be determined beginning at 3:00 pm.