Falcons season ends in bi-district round

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 3/26/22

“Things didn’t go our way tonight,” said Tompkins head coach Tom Jones. “We kept fighting, never gave up and even though we couldn’t get it to fall in the net they never stopped. That’s one of the things that happens in this game sometimes and we just couldn’t get one tonight.”

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Falcons season ends in bi-district round

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For 65 minutes in Tompkins bi-district matchup with Ridge Point, that’s how things went, with the Falcons getting chances and pushing forward for a time, before the Panthers would come back with momentum of their own and create chances.

The chances weren’t falling for Tompkins and after Ridge Point put one of their chances away midway through the second half, the Falcons couldn’t get back in it, falling 1-0 to bring the groups season to an end.

“Things didn’t go our way tonight,” said Tompkins head coach Tom Jones. “We kept fighting, never gave up and even though we couldn’t get it to fall in the net they never stopped. That’s one of the things that happens in this game sometimes and we just couldn’t get one tonight.”

The Falcons created the better chances in the first half and seemed to be chipping away and getting closer to scoring a goal as the half went on.

But Ridge Point responded every time Tompkins made a mistake, countering and pushing forward with numbers to give themselves an opportunity.

But Tompkins answered punch for punch as well.

“This group had the best chemistry I’ve ever seen,” said Braylon Le, a senior forward. “Just all the seniors, everyone combined really well and we were great friends off the field and that carried over onto it as well. Everyone was best friends and that’s the best thing you can say about a team.”

Ridge Point started to get back into the game in the second half and created better chances for themselves, eventually that paid off with their 65th minute goal.

“Our slogan is ‘positive mojo’ and we talk about this sort of stuff all the time,” Jones said. “It comes from my daughter, who passed away from cancer in 2015 and we talked about all the time, when life takes you down, you have to get back up and be a man and be better for it. You learn from it. This hurts for these guys, but they’re going to grow up and go on and do great things because of this.”

The Falcons never fully recovered from giving up the goal and despite throwing numbers forward, couldn’t get a great chance to tie things down the stretch. But the Falcons gave their all and luck just wasn’t on their side on the night.

Tompkins will graduate 22 seniors from the team, and while they are disappointed at the moment, what they did for the program over their four years won’t be forgotten.

“They were just huge for us,” Jones said. “They came in as freshman and won a district championship and they’ve just been amazing the whole time we’ve had them. I hate this for them, I really do. Last year we came in the underdog and took care of business and this year we came out a higher seed but we didn’t. It’s just one of those things even though I wish it wasn’t.”

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