NEW BEDFORD — Up until the last five minutes of the match, it appeared that No. 10 Westwood was going to shut out No. 2 GNB Voc-Tech. The Bears had other ideas, but they were unable to rally down the stretch in what proved to be a 3-2 loss to the Wolverines in the quarterfinals of the Div. 2 South Sectional on Wednesday.

Even though Westwood High is a solid 50 minutes away from Jeffrey E. Riley Stadium, there were nearly as many Wolverines fans as there were Voc-Tech supporters. Regardless of allegiance, every fan witnessed a stunning finish.

Westwood jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute when Michael TeDuits scored just outside the 18-yard mark. That lead would grow to 2-0 by halftime, with GNB Voc-Tech struggling to develop an attack.

The Bears put only one shot on net in the first half and finished with only a handful of opportunities against Westwood goaliekeeper Daniel Ventura.

“We started applying a little bit more pressure, which I told them at halftime was what we needed to do,” GNB Voc-Tech coach Henry Andrade said. “Then I started moving a few more people up on top. I took them out of the midfield and put them up top.”

Voc-Tech’s adjustment didn’t change the scoreboard initially, though it did give the Bears more shots on net. However, Westwood’s offense found a way to put another goal on the board in the 65th minute to take a 3-0 lead.

With the game appearing out of reach, something changed for the Bears.

“They were putting the pressure on (Westwood’s) defense and the defense was just kicking the ball away and were receiving,” Andrade said. “They didn’t get into that groove of passing the ball out of their own end like they were doing in the first half.”

“We just didn’t put the pressure on collectively (early in the match). Towards the last 15 minutes, everyone was kind of urgent in putting on the pressure, so they were coughing up the ball.”

Ten minutes after Westwood’s third and final goal, the Bears scored when a Logan Cabral corner kick off the head of Dominek Borden found side-netting. Four minutes later, with the game slipping into injury time, the Bears earned a penalty kick. Michael Garcia took the shot and scored his final goal in a Bears uniform after electing to shoot low into the right side of the net, while Ventura dove in the opposite direction.

In the end, the clock simply ran out on the Bears, ending their 2018 season.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Bears finished 15-3-2 after going 1-1 in the tournament with a 2-0 win over No. 15 Dighton-Rehoboth in the first round. ... Voc-Tech also finished as the South Coast Conference champion and won the State Vocational Large School Tournament for the third straight year. ... Westwood (11-6-2) will face the winner of No. 3 Milford (12-1-5) and No. 11 Walpole (8-6-4) in the sectional semifinals on Saturday.

AS EXPECTED: The Bears did not see Westwood in the regular season, but they knew about the Wolverines' strengths and there no real surprises. “I had seen some film on them and we had a good idea,” Andrade said. “They had a big senior group.”

NOTES: Voc-Tech goalie Sven Tveit finished with eight saves in net. “He’s been like that all year long,” Andrade said. “He’s been a rock over there; a very good player.” ... Joshua Morrison Deutsch scored Westwood’s second and third goals. ... Ventura turned away five of the seven shots he faced for the Wolverines.

VOC-TECH SENIORS: GNB Voc-Tech graduates six seniors: Tveit, Ryan Robichaud, Aaron Duarte, Garcia, Augustin Edwin and Daymian Pereira. “They had a fabulous run,” Andrade said. “Great season. They won the SCC, they won the vocationals, they had a good run. They had a good season.”

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