Boys' Soccer - Varsity
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Taft suffered its first defeat of the season, ending up on the wrong side of a 3-2 contest at Berkshire. The boys from Taft battled hard but were unable to get a result against a tough team on the road. The match started brightly for The Rhinos, as they scored in the opening minutes. Sammed Bawa put a free kick on frame, and although the Berkshire goalkeeper did well to make the initial save, James Donaldson slammed home the rebound to give Taft a 1-0 lead. Berkshire responded just moments later, jumping on a loose ball inside the Taft penalty area and pushing it past goalkeeper Shayan Karimi to level the score. Towards the end of the first half Berkshire took the lead when their center midfielder went on an excellent individual run and slotted the ball into the net. Towards the end of the first half, Berkshire continued to defend with intensity, preventing the Rhinos from finding a rhythm. Berkshire doubled their lead when a handball called against Taft inside the penalty area resulted in a penalty kick. Berkshire converted the spot kick to make the score 3-1. As Taft worked to get back into the game, they won two separate penalty kicks with Sammed Bawa and KK Baffour drawing fouls inside the penalty area. Unfortunately for The Big Red, the Berkshire goalkeeper made outstanding saves on both attempts to keep Berkshire ahead by two goals. In the 53rd minute, a through ball from Kharym Florvil sent Jordan Miller in behind the Berkshire defense. Miller pulled the ball across the Berkshire net where it was met by Aaron Skeene. Skeene redirected the ball on goal and past the goalkeeper to cut into Berkshire’s lead. Taft pressed to find the equalizer, but it was not meant to be for the visitors. On the day, Taj Salawu, Zayn Daniels, Ethan Hindle, and Micah Umeh defended with plenty of heart, and Shayan Karimi made numerous outstanding saves in goal. Taft will have no time to dwell on the result, as The Big Red are back on the road Saturday for a match at Trinity-Pawling.