Crusaders Roll Past Londonderry on Their Way to Bedford – by Cam Beall

The MMHS Boys Soccer team closed out the regular season on a sour note, losing their final three games of the season, ending with an 8-7-1 record.  This included the final home game of the season when the Crusaders matched up against the Tomahawks from Merrimack.  Junior and captain to the team, Jordan Trombly led the way for his squad, providing two goals, as well as an assist to midfielder Rodrigo Rodriguez. The young Memorial squad couldn’t hold off Merrimack long enough in OT, as they fell 4-3 to the Tomahawks.  Although this isn’t how Memorial wanted to cap off the regular season, Jordan Trombly still thinks this team has what it takes to make a deep playoff run.  I had a chance to talk to the captain after the nail-biting loss, “We didn’t play as well as we could’ve, but I believe when we play together we can beat anyone.”

Spirits were high as the Crusaders headed into Londonderry, and rightfully so. Memorial handily took care of the Lancers in the opening round of the playoffs.  Manchester was led offensively once again by Jordan Trombly. Mbambi Mbungu and Yusufu Juma also scored to help lift Memorial to a much needed bounce-back win.  Goalkeeper Connor Page also played a vital role in the win, only letting one ball reach the back of the net.  This 3-1 win means that the Crusaders will need to pay the Bedford Bulldogs a visit.  Although the Bulldogs stand atop the NHIAA standings at 14-1-1, the Crusaders hardly feel like underdogs. Memorial handed Bedford its only loss of the season back in September.  Left back, Kevin Minueza wanted to silence the haters when I got to talk to him about the quarterfinal matchup, “Look, we’re the lowest seed in the playoffs right now, but we have the talent to give trouble to the top teams in the state with our strong midfield and defense. Don’t sleep on Memorial Boys Soccer.”

Despite a poor stretch at the end of the regular season, this boys soccer team is giving the school something to rally behind for the first time since the boys basketball team last winter, when they made it all the way to the final four.  The future looks just as bright as the present for the Memorial Boys Soccer team. More than half of the team will be returning for the 2017 season, including captains Jordan Trombly and Joey Johnson.

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