The Waldorf boys soccer team came up a few wins short in this, its season of seasons, but it’s the campaign itself, and not its finish, that the Wolverines will carry with them.
Waldorf, the ninth seed, was bumped in the NYSAIS quarterfinals, falling to No. 1 Hackley, 1-0, Friday on Daniel Norris’ goal in the 55th minute. Christian Longoria made 14 saves in the loss.
“We’re a small school with about 25 [students] to a grade and [Hackley] has 300 kids per grade,” coach Paul Lesueur said. “They’re just a really dominant team.”
But for the Wolverines, there is solace in their 13-2-2 record, which was the best in the program’s history. They surpassed their previous season high of 11 wins, set in 2008. They defeated Long Island Lutheran, 2-0, on Oct. 29 to earn their second IPPSAL title, then topped PSAA champion Staten Island Academy, 4-0, in an outbracket game on Wednesday.
“We have a lot of senior boys who’ve been together for a long time, so this was a great achievement for them,” Lesueur said. “It was a great year. We had a lot of fans and parents make the trip up [to Tarrytown, NY] and it was like a community event, which is great for a little school.”