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Self-inflicted goal first of 3 as Nation Ford upset in soccer playoffs

After one of the best seasons in the short history of their school, the Nation Ford Falcons were upset in the first round of the AAAA boys’ soccer playoffs Tuesday.

The ninth ranked Falcons were beaten by the 11th ranked Dorman Cavaliers 3-0 and finished the season 16-4-1.

“We had between 15 and 17 shots in the first half, but only two of them were on frame,” said Falcons head coach Jon Jarrett. “We had a ton of chances.”

At times, Nation Ford was shooting itself in the foot, including into its own goal four minutes into the game to put Dorman up 1-0.

Despite the early gaffe, Nation Ford stayed the aggressor and out-shot Dorman in the first half. The Falcons controlled possession much of the first half, but still trailed by one entering the break. In the second half, Dorman got a lucky break again to go up 2-0 as the Cavaliers scored on a breakaway just 51 seconds after play resumed. The shot on goal was just one of two shots the team made in the second half.

Nation Ford pushed the pace and stayed aggressive, taking at least seven shots on goal in the second half, all of which were stopped by Dorman’s keeper Sammy Arteaga.

With about 25 minutes left in the game, Dorman again scored to go up 3-0 taking just its second shot on frame in the second half, but again capitalizing on a letdown in the Nation Ford defense.

After the game, Jarrett said he was surprised at the three goals allowed.

“We hadn’t given up three goals in a game since the start of the season,” he said.

“We had played fantastic defense all year. Still I couldn’t be more proud of these guys.”