The Roslyn High School boys soccer championship season came to a close last Sunday as the Bulldogs fell to Owego Free Academy, 2-0 in a game played at the National Soccer Hall of Game field in Oneonta.
As with many of their previous tournament games, the Bulldogs trailed at halftime, this time by a mere 1-0 score. But unlike past matches, the Bulldogs couldn't mount a second half comeback. Owego scored another goal with three minutes left, sealing the victory.
The Bulldogs, as usual, played great defense with keeper Mike Jenssen making nine saves. For the tournament, Chris Murray, who scored winning goals in the Bulldogs successful Long Island championship run, was named Roslyn's MVP of the state final.
Roslyn advanced to the state title game by defeating Canton, 2-1 on Saturday, Nov. 16. Murray scored the Bulldogs first goal. Jeff Swersky, who also assisted Murray's goal, scored the winning shot. Both goals were scored in the first half.
Despite the state final loss, the Bulldogs had a tremendous season, advancing further than any Roslyn soccer squad in the past 22 years. Chris Murray is graduating, but eight Roslyn starters, including Jeff Swersky, Eric Paulenoff and Scott Sohn will be returning to next year's squad.