Division 3 boys soccer: Palmer forfeits victory, Hampshire to now play Belchertown in semifinals
The Hampshire Regional boys soccer team was no more than 20 hours into its offseason when it learned Tuesday it still had one more game to play.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association overturned Hampshire’s 2-0 loss to Palmer on Monday in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinal round.
Palmer, the fifth seed, accumulated five yellow cards in the match and according to rule 77.2.17 in the MIAA Handbook, the Panthers had to forfeit the victory.
Hampshire Regional athletic director Ann Trytko received a phone call from West tournament director Jonathan Cavallo around noon on Tuesday informing the school of the MIAA’s decision to reverse the outcome.
The team “was kind of in shock but they were happy that they were able to continue in the tournament,” Trytko said. “How often do things like this happen? It’s an unexpected situation.”
The MIAA rule states: Any team whose players/coaches receive collectively five (5) yellow and/or red cards in a contest will result in immediate termination of the contest, and result in forfeiture by the offending team.
“It’s a difficult situation,” Trytko said. “I’d hate to have it happen to any team.”
Trytko said she was aware multiple cards were handed out during the game when she collected paperwork for the MIAA. It wasn’t until Tuesday morning when someone alerted Trytko of the rule.
“I looked back at the scoresheet then I went and double checked the ruling and called Jon Cavallo,” Trytko said. “I can understand that it’s a difficult situation. It didn’t even dawn on us last night.”
The fourth-seeded Raiders (10-1-6) will play No. 1 Belchertown (17-2-0) at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Szot Park in Chicopee.