One of the those seniors, defender and co-captain Alex Salah, reflected on his high school career after the tough loss.
“I feel pretty good, actually,” said Salah. “We did better than anyone said we would at the beginning of the season. We went farther than we hoped so I can’t complain about that. I think we played out hearts out the entire game. We almost scored in the last second and played that way the entire season, with intensity and as a team.”
For fellow senior co-captain and all-league midfielder Jordy Steelman, who was unable to play varsity in his freshman year because he needed to gain some height, the past three seasons have proven him to be larger than life both with his play and his leadership, effortlessly moving the ball wherever he wanted it to go and pulling his team together when they needed it.
Looking over that team for the last time, Steelman took a moment to reflect on a career in Newburyport soccer that started when he was 4 years old.
“I can’t believe it’s over right now,” said Steelman. “It (stinks) but I don’t think anyone would think we would make it this far. We were the only ones who thought we could and we proved that to everyone. I really don’t feel it right now, but soon I’ll be able to reflect on it, and it was probably the best part of my high school career.”