“Even though we spend a day with the Cup,” said Langlois, “we don’t even see it again for the next year; it goes into the trophy case at school. They just love it. It’s the game we get the most up for.”
Watching the Cup make its way out of Newburyport once again, Clippers coach Shawn Bleau was proud of his team’s effort.
“We battled and that’s all I can ask from our guys,” said Bleau. “This is how it’s been for number of years for some reason. We jumped ahead, and they evened things up. We carried the play in the whole second half, and they score. They had two shots in the second half, and I think we had about 10. But they put one in. It’s too bad. Our kids played hard and they deserve better. I feel for them and I feel for the seniors. ALS is about playing hard and that’s what our kids did today. So that’s what we’re going to take away from this.”
On the other side of the equation, the Newburyport girls remained undefeated in ALS Cup play, treating the lady Sachems to a 5-1 disappointment. Jaycee Triandafilou had the first Clipper goal just five minutes in, assisted by Amy Sullivan, who then assisted Abbie Bresnahan for Newburyport’s second goal 21 minutes later. Sammie Lor scored goals number three and four assisted by Triandafilou and then Sullivan. Aly Leahy had the Clippers’ final goal of the afternoon on a free kick.
“This is a big game for (our players),” said Clippers co-coach Kevin Sheridan. “They get a big crowd and get to play in the stadium for the Cup. They want to keep that Cup. But they also know what they are playing for, and it is important to raise money for research (to fight ALS). They work hard all week, selling tickets to get people here. It’s just a good day for soccer, for the girls, and it is a good day to think about something other than soccer too.”