By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The 2020 season could not have been more unconventional for Medfield High School boys varsity soccer.
The unpredictability of COVID-19 spikes around the TVL and the state of Massachusetts added a heightened sense of uncertainty throughout the entire season for all Fall I athletes. Every game had the potential to be the last one of the season, if a spike occurred at their school or an opposing school. Soccer players were also forced to adjust to new rules conforming to the MIAA's imposed COVID-19 regulations, such as no throw-ins, not being allowed to head the ball and no postseason.
Despite all the uncertainty of a potential cancelled season, and the adversity of adjusting to new rules, Medfield's varsity boys soccer team banded together and accomplished the ultimate goal under the current circumstances: a perfect season.
This past weekend, the Warriors capped off their 2020 season with a pair of dominant wins against Norwood, 6-0 at home on Saturday and 5-1 on the road at Norwood on Sunday, finishing the year 10-0-0.
Jan Passas gave Medfield a 1-0 lead less than a minute in on Saturday with a lefty boot off a free kick. Jake Kraemer doubled the lead to 2-0 off a feed from Colin Quint to make it 2-0 after one quarter of play. James Layden launched home a goal from a distance to open up the second quarter and made it a 3-0 game. Kraemer put home his second of the day near the end of the first half, this time coming on a penalty kick, and Medfield took a commanding 4-0 lead into halftime. Ben Previte added a pair of second half goals as Medfield prevailed by the 6-0 final.
In Sunday's season finale, Jake Kraemer again scored a pair of goals to go along with tallies by Layden, Passas and Matt Perachi as the Warriors cruised to a 5-1 win.
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