The Franklin D. Roosevelt High School boys soccer team made sure its home turf was just that on Saturday.
Playing on its new artificial-turf pitch for the first time, the Presidents defeated Red Hook 1-0 in overtime to win its seventh consecutive Joel Tomson Memorial Cup. Jair Vasquez-Cruz scored 7:49 into the second overtime to clinch the game, which was postponed last season and is now played as a friendship.
Vasquez-Cruz converted a pass from Nick Petschko, splitting Red Hook’s defense and beating Raiders goalkeeper Zac Decker.
“Our guys really stepped it up,” Roosevelt coach Steve Nilsen said. “Defensively, both of us were sound. Overall, it was an intense game. I’m proud of my guys. Jair got up top and he got lucky.”
Spencer Creighton made 10 saves for Roosevelt (4-1). Decker made seven stops for Red Hook.
Nilsen, in his second year teaching at Roosevelt, said his seniors made it clear to the underclassmen the importance of the Tomson Cup staying in Hyde Park. Tomson coached the Presidents to the 2003 Mid-Hudson Athletic League title while suffering from terminal cancer. He died that December
“They let our young guys know that this is something meaningful and we’ve got to keep it at home,” Nilsen said.