RHAM boys' soccer upsets Waterford

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Mon., Nov. 12, 2012
Teddy Sauyet warms up in goal for a Nov. 10 state tourney match-up against Waterford. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Teddy Sauyet warms up in goal for a Nov. 10 state tourney match-up against Waterford. Photos by Melanie Savage.

In a surprise upset, the 12-seeded RHAM boys’ soccer team defeated the number five seed, Waterford High School, in post-season action on the evening of Nov. 10. Waterford entered the meeting with a 12-3-1 record, having earned a bye and an opportunity to rest for round one of the state tourney. RHAM, with a 9-3-4 record for the regular season, was coming off of a 1-0 win against Woodstock Academy the previous night, during round one of the tourney.

“They couldn’t accommodate us tomorrow night, so here we are,” said head coach Jim Fromme. “We just hope to stay with them.” Fromme said his players had given their all the previous night and were bound to be tired. “It’s very hard to recuperate after another game,” he said. RHAM was also down a couple of starters. “We just hope to give them a good game,” said Fromme.

The Sachems looked anything but tired as they took on Waterford, coming out of the gate with tremendous energy and a couple of early attempts at goal. It was the type of surprise the team has delivered all season. Fromme started out the year thinking he was going to be facing a rebuilding year, after an undefeated regular season in 2011 ended with the loss of several key players, including three who are currently playing for Division I college teams and one playing for Division III.

“They came together really well,” said Fromme. “We managed to string together seven winning games over the course of the season and suddenly it wasn’t a rebuilding season anymore.”

And despite the odds, RHAM pulled out a victory against Waterford, with a final score of 1-0. The victory ended the season for Waterford, and sent RHAM to the quarterfinal round of the Class L tourney, where they would face 13-seed Fermi. The game was scheduled for Nov. 13 at home.

The seniors on this year’s RHAM varsity boys’ soccer team are co-captains Josh Salan, Andrew Lavoie, Sean Lavasseur and Billy Walsh, and backup goalie Andrew Filthaut. With the core of the team returning next year, “The future looks very bright for next year,” said Fromme.

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