Boys Soccer Wins New England Championship

It was a remarkable season in many ways. After losing several key players from last season's ISL champion squad, Brooks suffered through numerous injuries in 2017, most notably to top-scorer Duncan Sutherland '19 in the middle of the season. However, the senior heavy team never cracked, second-string players stepped into starting roles, and the wins kept piling up.

After winning a second consecutive ISL title, Brooks entered the New England tournament as the #2 seed. Wins over a talented young Groton side in the quarters and Suffield Academy in the semis placed Brooks in the finals with a rematch against 2016 champion South Kent.

South Kent got off to a hot start, taking the lead on a penalty kick in the 29th minute and going up 2-0 on a spectacular single-handed effort by Joshua Bolma in the 64th.

The last 20 minutes of the game was all Brooks, as the resilience of the team was clearly evident. The scoring started with a deep strike from Justin Verissimo '18 that just snuck under the crossbar. A few minutes later, Andrew Stevens '18 intercepted an errant South Kent pass and buried it in the back of the net. Tied at two with five minutes left, Brooks took its first lead of the game off the foot of Jacob Iwowo '18 on a cross from Stevens.

The game marked the end of a remarkable 40-year tenure for Brooks coach Dusty Richard.