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Cosmos Soccer Bring Home State Championship

The Springfield High School boy's soccer team had never won state title for the school's trophy case and on Saturday in Randolph, got their first opportunity to do something about it since a 2005 finals loss to U-32.

And speaking of the number-four seeded (12-3-1) Raiders, guess who the Cosmos had to get through in the semi finals, in order to earn a trip back to the finals this season? You guessed it, U-32.

In the semi-final match up against the Raiders in Springfield, the Cosmos certainly had their hands full with a very "game" U-32 team that was missing two key offensively threats and sporting a freshman goal keeper.

In a tightly contested match that was tied at one through regulation, the Cosmos outlasted U-32 in sudden-death penalty kicks, 5-4, to earn the trip to the Division II state championship on Saturday in Randolph.

Trailing 1-0 in the first half, the Cosmos' John Kendall had tied the score with a twisting shot just inside the left post, before James Karkowski hit the final penalty kick to advance the Cosmos to their second state finals appearance in five years.

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In the Division II championship match up against number-seven seeded Missisquoi Valley Union High School, the Cosmos finally captured their school's first-ever boys' soccer state championship with a 1-0, double-overtime win over a very tough Thunderbird squad.

Missisquoi had moved down from Division I this season and knocked off both he number-two and three seeds to reach the finals, therefore the Cosmos were not fooled by the so-called "lower seeded" Thunderbirds.

"We know what we have to do, regardless of what anyone is seeded," Springfield coach Paul Kendall said in a pre-game interview. "They have done a great job in beating two, higher seeds to get here. We just have to play our game and keep doing the things that got us here."

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