Burgher soccer team celebrates second win in five years

SALEM - As the high school soccer game ended Friday, the Warrensburg players and their four or five fans on the sidelines broke into cheers.

Burgher offensive standout Sean Young sprinted to the edge of the field and kissed his mother, while several of his teammates gave each other celebratory chest-bumps. Burgher Coach Brian Lemery's father Chuck jogged to the bench and congratulated his son while he called his wife on his cell phone to share the good news.

The Burgher Varsity soccer team, five years in existence, just won its second game ever, and its first this year.

It was bound to happen.

For years, a mob of Warrensburg Junior and Senior high schoolers were out on the soccer field in the fall sports season, kicking balls around, developing their skills and instincts.

But in their scheduled games, they were competing against schools with well-established programs and winning traditions.

Then late last year, a group of veterans who'd been playing together since they were young, scored an upset win over North Warren.

Friday's game against Salem, while unexpected, didn't look like an upset.

Warrensburg never trailed in the game. The Burghers kicked a first goal, and Salem answered. Ditto for another set, tying it up 2-2 at halftime.

Brian Lemery gave his players a sermon during the break, telling them they'd only have one chance this season to beat any of the teams in the Adirondack's East Division - and it was their last opportunity for the Senior players to score a victory against Salem.

"They came out on the field pumped up and scored three quick ones," Lemery recalled Sunday.

Salem, powered by the phenomenal Rolando Vigil, scored two more, but the Burghers held on for the remainder of the 15 minutes and secured the 5-4 win.

In the win, Senior Burgher Sean Young scored his first hat trick. Seniors Ryan Belden and Tyler Mckinney aided with one apiece. Sophomore Jeff Bentham was a vital element with three assists.

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