Foothill Takes Down Medfield (MA)

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Less than one week after Massachusetts No. 5 Lincoln-Sudbury ended Foothill High School’s 28-game winning streak, the Knights have a new one.  Powered by Nate Marano’s six goals, including the overtime game winner, and eight points from Kevin Kodzis (4g, 4a) the Knights followed up their victory over state No. 16 Cohasset with a come from behind 14-13 overtime win over No.  1 Medfield.  The game was played at the College of the Holy Cross where Kodzis is committed and he no doubt left his future coaches and teammates with something to smile about. The see-saw battle between the two number ones was an instant classic that both teams will remember for many years.

The tone for the game was set early.  Medfield jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first few minutes, and just when the crowd was beginning to think that maybe these California kids aren’t ready for the east coast,  the Knights came back with a blitzkrieg of their own to grab a 4-3 lead.  The back and forth would continue all the way until the very end.  The real excitement came with just over three minutes left in regulation.  Kodzis’ four goals had  the Knights in striking distance but they were down 11-9 and time was running out.  Phil Garceau (@PCGarceau) was there for BostonLax.net and his tweets tell the tale best:

Both teams had chances in OT but game winner came when an errant Medfield clearing pass ended up in the stick of Danny Carter.  Carter cleared across midfield where he found Marano.  Marano went to work and sealed the deal with 33 seconds left in overtime to ignite the celebration.  In an interview with BostonLax.Net, Foothill coach John Fox said. “That’s the best game we’ve ever had, especially with this group of kids we haven’t had anything like this in a long time.  Medfield is such a quality program with great coaching and great kids and it’s an honor to play with them.”

In addition to the points from Kodzis and Marano, midfielder Matt Harris, left too much alone, unleashed his fiery shots from outside as Medfield’s defense overfilled on trying to stop Marano; Harris had a season-high three goals. Attack Nathan Skeen had a goal and assist and attack Drew Boyd added an assist.

The Knight (14-1) now return home where they will get a few days rest before hosting Santa Margarita (8-3; 0-1) in their only game of the week.