Soccer - Boys Junior Varsity
|Date:||September 25, 2013|
The Bears played another great game of soccer this Wednesday. Although we fell behind to Kent 1-0 in the opening half, the Bears were able to maintain possession right from kickoff and generate fantastic scoring opportunities. With solid movement on the wings and great side-to-side play by center midfielders Chris Kreke ’15, co-captain Peter Warsinske ’14, and Gerry Gimenez-Valdez ’15, we were able to spring several one-on-one breakaways early in the game. The Kent keeper kept his team in the game with several impressive saves. Despite falling behind, the Bears continued to fight and apply pressure and were able to notch two quick goals by halftime. One came from striker Jason Tao ’16 breaking away from his marker on the left-hand wing, taking the ball to goal and then delivering a great cross to fellow striker Juan Cedeno ’17 who slotted it in. The other followed some fantastic combination play up the right wing by James Funderburg ’15, Josiah Tolvo ’16, and Kreke. The Bears played a ball to Tao’s feet whose shot went hard at the keeper. Unable to hold on, the Kent keeper punched the ball back to our oncoming midfielder Gimenez-Valdez to slot a second in for the Bears. We headed in to half time having dominated possession and eager to score again.
The second half saw more great possession by the Bears and led to several balls bouncing around inside the Kent 18-yard box. However, we struggled to capitalize on these balls until Zaffanella repossessed a ball from a defender, turned to goal and struck the ball past the Kent keeper to give the Bears a 3-1 lead. With some breathing room, the Bears began to relax. Kent started to generate more offense and earned a PK with 15 minutes remaining. Despite keeper Henry Thomas’s ‘16 best efforts, Kent converted the kick to make the score 3-2. With only 4 minutes remaining, Kent sprung a good counterattack and caught our defense off guard. A free kick was called just outside the 18 and a Kent player drove the ball through the wall and into the upper 90 of the near post. The Bears made some valiant attempts to notch a win in the final 2 minutes of the game but it was not to be. Despite the score, the game highlighted the Bears growing confidence and composure with the ball and the ability to work with teammates to attack.
Thanks to all the parents for the support. We face Williston on Saturday.