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DEA Bedford Soccer Club
Dale Dubois
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Bedford, New Hampshire

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Welcome to TWELVE time Division Champion's, DEA Bedford Soccer Club home page. DEA Bedford Soccer Club is a very talented mens team that competes in the NHSC and in the NEOTHSL Masters division.  The core of the team has been together for longer than anyone can seem to remember (but we are working on that). The team has captured many championships in the NHSC and in the NEOTHSL dating back to the early 80's.  

Our home field is West Road Field in Londonderry, NH. Come see a game...

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Monday, June 10
"Even a Blind Squirrel Finds a Nut Once in a While" Spring 2013 Season in Review

DEA has been in a bit of a slump of late, but found a bit of magic with their season on the line in their most exciting finish in their history. 


That said, this slump has been going on for more than just lately, it's a definate downward trend.  Since their 8-0-2 Championship winning season of three years ago, and winning promotion to Divsion 1 for the first time, they've gone 14-44-8.  Not good.  In fact, they have won only three of their last 23 games, and one of those was through some creative accounting.

After being relegated last year, they felt their trip to Division 2 would be short-lived.  Much of the previous season's angst was due to numbers issues.  They were in every game, but just couldn't find the right touch when needed.  Eventually, playing short, or with no subs, would just wear them down.

This season proved different.  Numbers were generally not a problem, but scoring was.  DEA was shut out in half their games, scoring just a single goal in three others.  Only their first, and last, games did they put a crooked number up on the board.  Recruiting for the fall season was well under way minutes after the last game.  We'll have to see what the transfer market brings them over the summer months.

On a positive note, DEA tied every team but Division winner Peabody.  In one of those Peabody games, they were actually level at 0-0 past the 75 minute mark before bad turn-overs cost them late.  So, while they came up dry often, there were some positive signs.  Those were realized at the death of their last game, which sent them into the summer break on a positive note.

In a true relegation battle, DEA and FC North Pirates came into the last game with near identical records.  The Pirates led by one point, as DEA was docked for card point accumulation as a result of some overly aggresive referreeing two weeks prior.  So, DEA needed to win, and Pirates only a draw, to decide who was sent packing down to D3.

Pirates started strong, scoring 8 minutes in by some nifty footwork by Edmilson Machado.  Eddie ran onto a loose ball down the side.  With Rich Powlowsky and Chris Cloutier in tow, he turned them both, cutting inside before slipping a low shot past DEA Keeper Jim Eilenberger.  It was the worst start for DEA, as they know knew they needed two score at least two goals to avoid relegation.  Something they had not done in more than two months.

DEA stayed suprisingly calm.  Usually a grumpy side when things don't go well, they played some smart passing and it finally paid off.  Playing the ball out of the back, DEA strung together no less then 8 passes before Chris Laberge was found open about 25 yards from goal.  He roped a low drive, which caught the Pirates keeper wrong-footed.  DEA had levelled, and looked for more.

The half ended level, but DEA felt overall pretty good about themselves.  They felt a second would come.  Early in the second half, Scott Sharby skated free and had an open look.  With entire net to look at, his hard shot was right at the keeper. 

Back the other end, there was Eddie again.  With a restart from far out, and way off to the side, he bent it around the two-man wall.  The low shot slammed off the post and back off 'Berg in the DEA net.  It slowly rolled back toward goal, where a scramble ensued before Pirates poked it home.  DEA now needed two goals in the last 35 minutes.

It was almost up to three a few minutes later, when Eddie's hard drive was destined for the upper far corner.  Cloutier headed it clear, before Mike Robichaud pushed it safely away.

DEA looked like they had a chance to pull level again when Peter Cline was hacked down in the box.  Brenden Gilmarton stepped up for the PK.  He hit his low drive well, but it bounded off the post.  Heads were down temporarily...DEA was thinking that was their best chance.

Back the other way, a creative hand-ball call in DEA's end sent Eddie to the spot with a PK of their own.  With the season on the line, he scuffed his shot wide, and DEA had life again.

DEA pushed forward, leaving the backs exposed at times, as times got desperate.  As the clock ticked past the 85th minute, Jon Cloutier tickled a through ball through to Laberge.  His one-timed shot found webbing, and DEA was level.  Time to pour everyone forward and go for broke.

The official scorekeeper was just advertising the additional three minutes to be added, and then DEA struck for a moment of magic.  Chris Florek sent a laser beam cross into the box.  Chris Cloutier, virtually unmarked from his sweeper position 15 yards from goal, rose majestically into the summer sun.  Sounds of angels filtered throughout, Cloutier's feet easily clearing the high grass to show several milimeters of daylight beneath his boots and the turf.  He nodded Flo's cross toward the back post, it skipping off his greased bald scalp protected by UV-30.  Time stood still as the entire crowd watched the season-saver tickle the tips of the Pirates keeper before just nudging the post and finding side webbing.  DEA had the piece of luck they needed, and had worked to hard to realize. 

 Sometimes, luck comes from a  hop that goes your way, or the other's.  At times, it comes from a slip on a wet field.  Always, however, luck comes by being the right place, at the right time, making the right play.  Was a defender who hadn't scored in three years trying to flick that hard cross into the far webbing from 15 yards out to save the season?  No, surely luck smiled on him that day.  However, everything was perfectly executed in the build-up to the finish.  Cloutier's intent was to put it onto the back post, where the goal-scores (Gilmarton, Laberge, Cline, Sharby waited). It found webbing instead, but surely there were capable bodies at the ready to finish if it had not gone in unencumbered.  Call it luck if you wish, or call it simply the execution of several players being in the right position, making the right play, at the right time, and having the results fall where they may.

DEA staved off the final seconds and ensured they would remain in Division 2 for the fall season.  Surely, this was the most exiting end to a season I, personally, have been a part of.

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