Since the start of the pandemic, sports all over the state have been affected in many different ways. Many did not get to have a full season and those that did were modified severely. This was definitely the case for high dchool soccer in Massachusetts.
Thankfully this season high school soccer was back in full swing and we could not have been happier to see all our high school Legacy boys' and girls' teams competing for their various state cups and league titles!
The 2021 high school soccer season has come to an end for some and the start of the playoffs for others and as we start to get excited to see some Legacy players competing in the postseason, we wanted to highlight a few programs that have excelled this year.
We start with the Oliver Ames Boys Varsity team that entered the year as underdogs after having lost a very talented senior class from last year. Although having lost almost all their starting 11 to graduation, this young OA team had other ideas on how their season would go, ending the regular season as Davenport Champions after an impressive 12-3-2 overall record. The side consisted of a whole crop of former and current Legacy players with Ryan Linares and Michael MacAdam playing big roles this season in the team's success.
Coach John Barata has built a powerhouse program in his tenure at Oliver Ames High School and this season proved the doubters wrong and continued the many years of success that the program has had since the start of Barata’s time as head coach.
“We are proud of all our former and current Legacy players for competing at the highest level for their high schools. I am blessed to have a lot of Legacy influence with the players at Oliver Ames! Many have been instrumental in our success this season and I look forward to seeing them grow and mature over the years ahead. “
Next up we celebrate the Mansfield High School Boys Varsity team that bolstered an overall record of 8-4-4 and had one of the best defenses in the league. The team again consisted of a number of our Legacy players that have grown over the course of the season with this team. Mansfield finished off the regular season with two straight wins against Taunton and Attleboro and both ended in shoutouts for the Hornets. They move into the playoffs with lots of momentum and hoping to make a run in this year's postseason tournament.
Last but not least, we congratulate the Oliver Ames Girls Varsity team who also won the Davenport Championship and will head into the postseason on a high after a convincing 4-1 win against North Attleboro. This was Oliver Ames first outright divisional title since 2015 and they are hoping that their momentum will help them deep into November. This team consisted of many former Legacy players while many more came through the JV team and have all excelled since and played a huge role in their teams' success this season!
Other shout-outs go to Norwood Girls Varsity, Cardinal Spellman Boys Varsity, Stoughton Girls Varsity, Mansfield Boys JV, Sharon Boys and Girls Varsity, Bridgewater-Raynham Boys Varsity, East Bridgewater Boys JV, and Apponequet High School Boys JV and Varsity teams that all boasted Legacy players that played important roles for their team!
Congratulations to all our Legacy players that played for their various high school teams, both JV and Varsity. We are proud of your dedication and hard work and cannot wait to see you back in the Legacy black and gold!