Div. 4 boys soccer: Carter Hebert, Carter Daughdrill lift Easthampton past Frontier in title game

  • Easthampton celebrates after winning the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship 2-0 over Frontier on Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Easthampton celebrates after winning the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship 2-0 against Frontier on Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Easthampton celebrates after winning the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship after beating Frontier on Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Easthampton players storm the goal in celebration after winning the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship 2-0 against Frontier on Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Easthampton players celebrate after winning the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship thanks to a 2-0 victory against Frontier on Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. The state title was the first in program history. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Easthampton’s Matt Bacis (16), right, slide tackles the ball out from possession of Frontier’s Tyler Dubreuil (13) in the first half of the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier Goalkeeper Owen Babb, left, makes a sliding save to stop the attack from Easthampton’s Gabe Rapoza (17) in the first half of the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Easthampton’s Carter Daughdrill heads the ball against Frontier in the first half of the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Easthampton’s Joe Boyer (15), left, heads the ball over Frontier’s Devin Niles (12) in the first half of the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Easthampton’s Carter Hebert (7) winds back to take a free kick against Frontier in the first half of the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Easthampton’s Joe Boyer (15), left, heads the ball away from Frontier attacker Brady Burch (9), right, in the first half of the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Tyler Dubreuil (13) carries the ball under pressure from Easthampton’s Javier DeNucce-Simms (9) in the first half of the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Cairn Bright heads the ball away from the Easthampton offense in the second half of the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Easthampton goalkeeper Griffin Foskitt jumps up to deflect a corner kick from Frontier in the second half of the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Matt Sicard (11), center, dribbles the ball in between Easthampton’s Jack Belcher-Timme, left, and Ethan Marowitz (3) in the MIAA Division 4 championship Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Fontier’s Chanhee Son (17) clears the ball in the first half against Easthampton during the MIAA Division 4 boys state soccer championship Saturday night at Chicopee Comp. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 11/20/2021 9:08:40 PM

CHICOPEE — In the biggest games of the season, you need to rely on your veterans.

The Easthampton boys soccer team had a pair of seniors step up in the MIAA Division 4 championship game on Saturday against Frontier Regional. 

The contest was the fifth meeting of the season between the No. 2 Eagles and No. 4 Redhawks. Neither team held a true edge through the season series, so whoever was able to score the first goal and gain early momentum was going to have a huge impact on the result. 

That first goal came in the 16th minute. Easthampton senior Carter Hebert blasted home a free kick to give the Eagles the early lead and in the 36th minute, senior Carter Daughdrill smashed a shot in from well outside the box to give the Eagles a 2-0 advantage going into the half. 

That score stood until the final whistle, and Easthampton took home the crown with a 2-0 victory in a game played at Chicopee Comp. It was the first state title in program history.

“This is the greatest feeling in the world,” Daughdrill said. “Earlier this season, we talked about how this was a goal. To actually do it, it hasn't even set in yet. It’s a crazy feeling. It’s the best feeling in the world.” 

The loss ended an impressive postseason run for Frontier, which was unable to find the equalizing goals in the second half. 

“We have a great group of seniors and it’s a tough way to go out,” Redhawks coach Evan Horton said. “At the same time, there were only 10 teams left playing in the state. It stings but when you look back on it in 10 years, you’ll realize how special this was.” 

Hebert’s free kick in the 16th minute came from outside the box to the left of the goal. The senior took a few steps and crushed a shot that Frontier goalie Owen Babb was only able to get a finger on as it snuck in past the left goal post to give the Eagles the envious 1-0 lead. 

“I was just trying to smash it as hard as I could and it worked,” Hebert said. “Momentum changed, for sure. As soon as we got the first one, we went for the second one.” 

Hebert played a big role in Easthampton gaining the 2-0 advantage. He got the ball around midfield, weaved his way through defense and drew Redhawk defenders in before dishing it off to Daughdrill. 

With nobody in front of him, Daughdrill took a shot from what looked like a mile away. The blast whistled through the cold Chicopee air and found its way to the back of the net to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead just before the half. 

“I saw the ball rolling and it was coming to me slowly,” Daughdrill said. “I put my head up and saw I could get a shot because I had so much space in front of me. I let it fly and luckily it went in. We needed it big time and I’m happy I was able to step up for my team.” 

In a game with two evenly matched teams, it truly was a matter of who steps up and makes a play. Both Easthampton tallies were ones that any goalie would have had trouble getting a finger on. 

“They had two great chances and the two kids on their team you expect to hit a great shot hit great shots,” Horton said. “I talked to Owen [Babb] and told him neither one of those were savable. It’s not on him. Those are two guys you don’t want hitting the ball and they did.” 

Down 2-0, Frontier emptied the tank in an attempt to get back in the game in the second half but Easthampton goalie Griffin Foskitt wasn’t going to let anything get past him. 

The Eagle keeper made eight saves in the second half, and most of them weren’t easy. Devin Niles hit the post, and with the ball kicking around, Foskitt was there to make the save. One minute later, he made a save on a corner, and later in the second half, he made a pair of saves on Frontier free kicks. 

The Redhawks had three corners in a row with six minutes to play but were unable to capitalize. 

“I’m so proud of the guys,” Easthampton coach Andrew Lawrence said. “I played here, and we never got that far. For these guys to do it, it’s awesome for them. I was not at ease the whole game. I know they’re a good team but we played defense for 40 minutes. Griffin had an amazing game. He had the game of his life. It was incredible.” 

For Horton and the Redhawks, being down 2-0 in the second half of a title game was an unenviable position. 

“When you’re down 2-0 in a state final, it’s tough,” Horton said. “We had a couple chances, we just couldn’t put them away. We talked about it before the game, they were going to get chances and we were and it was going to come down to capitalizing. They did and unfortunately we didn’t.” 

Lawrence said before the game that it would come down to execution and his squad executed the game plan perfectly to get the victory and take home the state title. 

“They did a great job tonight,” Lawrence said. “The biggest thing we talked about all year was high pressure and taking shots from further out. Today we finally did it. They did exactly what we talked about.”


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