Our regular season has come to an end. It has not been an easy season, with the extraordinary weather, constant cancellations and reschedules. In my 23 years here at Dartmouth, I have never experienced weather like this during our spring season. Thank you for persevering through it all. Your perseverance has paid off.
Our club has had historic results in completing the 2017 SCSL Spring regular season. We had 21 teams playing in results oriented divisions where they could qualify for D1 or D2 play-offs. We had 16 teams that qualified for playoffs. 4 of the 7 teams in D2 qualified, while 12 of the 14 teams in D1 qualified. Dartmouth FC has never had such success.
Both Grade 5 D1 and D2 girls teams finished in first place in their divisions and were undefeated. That is quite an accomplishment. Both wait for winners of preliminary round games to decide their opponents at the SCSL playoffs. Jeremy Costa, Joao Dasilva, and Kristy Desouza coach the D1 team and finished with 7 wins and 1 draw. Mike Medeiros and Jonathan Mongie coached the D2 team to an 8-0-0 record.
Both D1 and D2 Grade 6 girls qualified for the playoffs this year. The D1 team, coached by Michelle Gioiosa, Tim Stott and Lee Cojocaru finished in second place and await the preliminary round winner of Mariner at Fall River. The D2 team, coached by Helio Rosa and Susan Amaral finished 6th and play a preliminary round game at Taunton to reach the semi-finals.
The Grade 7 D1 girls team, coached by Joe Santos, Kevin DaCosta, and Leffel Kirkman finished atop their division in a tie with last years State Champions, Sandwich. They tied 1-1 in their regular season game. Dartmouth was declared the winner with only one goal against them all season while scoring 40 goals. Sandwich had 5 goals against and scored 41 goals. Dartmouth faces Fall River in their semi-final match at the SCSL play-offs.
The Grade 8 D1 girls, coached by Pat Cook and Nelson Furtado finished in 2nd place in their division and will play Mariner in their semi-final game at Mariner.
Both Grade 12 D1 girls teams qualified. Team 1 is coached by Bob Long, Al Tavares, and Mario Santos, while Team 2 is coached by Joe Santos, Carlos Freitas, and Victoria Santos. They must face each other in a semi-final game with the winner advancing to the finals while the semi-final losers play each other to represent SCSL in the Post Grad (PG) MTOCs as the wild card. The winner of the final will represent SCSL in the Grade 12 MTOCs, while the loser will represent SCSL as the PG entry. We are assured at least one entry in the MTOCs from this grade.
The Grade 5 boys division 1 team coached by Rick Martinez, Chris Demanche and Steve Menard, outright won their SCSL division and as the top seed awaits the preliminary round winners (4th seed) at the SCSL Playoffs at Mariner on June 17th.
Grade 5 boys division 2 had 2 teams that qualified with both teams hosting preliminary round games at Dartmouth. D2 Team 1, coached by Brian Glover, finished in 3rd and faces Dighton/Rehoboth at Dartmouth in a preliminary round game, while D2 Team 3, coached by Chris Silvia and Jonathan Sylvia finished in 4th and faces Wareham at Dartmouth in their preliminary round game. The winners of these games advance to the SCSL play-offs at Mariner on June 18th. Of interest, the D2 Team 3 is a 4th grade team that played up at 5th grade.
In Grade 6 boys division 1, both teams qualified for the play-offs at Mariner on the 17th with Team 1 (coached by Carlos Chiquito, Antonio DaCosta, and Michael DeAlmeida) capturing the regular season championship and Team 2 ( coached by John Kerney, Heldar Araujo, and Luis Bolarinho) finishing in 4th. This sets up an all Dartmouth FC semi-final match between the two teams.
Grade 8 D1 boys ended up in third place and will face Freetown/Lakeville at Dartmouth to see who qualifies for the SCSL play-offs on the 17th. This team is coached by John Couto, Robert Lima and Peter Medeiros.
The Grade 9 boys, coached by Ray Anderson, Sean Sullivan, and Joe Paiva finished in 3rd place and will travel to Nantucket in their semi-final game.
Grade 12 boys, coached by Mike Fernandes and Victor Caneira, finished in 6th and will play a preliminary round game against Fall River.
Thanks to all for volunteering to coach this year. You have made a very important positive impact on the soccer children of Dartmouth. For the Grades 2-4 coaches, you have built a very solid foundation for moving into the results oriented grades. Know that our Grades 2-4 teams made quite an impression in the SCSL this season.
- Leffel Kirkman