Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The Boys’ JV soccer team faced Marianapolis’ thirds team last week. With most players completing in their first high school soccer game and only 13 boys on the roster, the team’s first challenge was to persevere through two forty minute halves. Prior to the game, the team was charged with three goals: to display impeccable sportsmanship, to maintain tough, fair and assertive play, and to do our best and improve throughout the game. Responding to these challenges, the boys had many highlights throughout the game and several players had markedly improved play in the second half of the game. The team is learning the rally together, strategize and use the whole field.
Nick Davis ‘13 played his first game as goalie and prevented Marianapolis from scoring for the first half hour of the game. He shows great potential as our team goalie as evidenced by his increased aggression toward saving the ball and the risks he began to take during the second half of play. The first goal of the game was made by Jake Abelman ’13 in the 25th minute of play, and he followed up with several breakaway shots on goal throughout the game. Joseph Su ’12 and WenJen Guo ’14 both had a great deal of ball contact and not only persevered but played with improved strategy and panache through the second half of the game. Paul Pan ’12 led the defensive line in his first soccer game and showed incredible promise in this position; deflecting breakaways, taking possession of the ball and maintain tough play throughout the game.
The JV team continues to hone their strategy and communication during practice, calling plays both in English and Chinese. We look forward to facing Putnam Science Academy this Wednesday in our second game of the season.