By Les Pierce
The Thompson boys’ soccer team captured the Shore Conference Middle School divisional championship with a 10-1-1 record. According to head coach Mike Dooley, this was the best record posted by the school in 15 years.
Leading the Lions in scoring was Matt Glynn with 23 goals, the second best mark for a season in school history. Aaron Oliveira tied the all-time Thompson single season assist record with 12. Other offensive standouts were Sean Liner, who booted 10 goals, and Darian Alijaj, credited with seven assists. On the defensive side, goalie Austin Carter put up six shutouts.
Thirteen-year head coach Dooley stated, “The chemistry within the team was as high as I have seen it over my years of coaching Thompson soccer. During any moment, I was able to substitute players in and the level of play would remain competitive. This was due to all their hard work in practice and the constant challenges they would rise to. In the end, becoming divisional champs was the dedication and hard work of 27 athletes who represented Thompson soccer.” He also praised managers Zach Brown and Mike D’Amato, particularly for tracking the statistical milestones reached during the year.
Dooley further said, “Finally, I would like to thank all the administration, parents, and student body who took the time to come out and support us during this magical run. Best of luck to the eighth graders who will be moving onto high school. Thanks for a great season.”