Boys' Soccer - III
vs.
Hotchkiss School
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Hotchkiss School
Loss 1-4
On a brutally cold Saturday afternoon, Taft traveled to Hotchkiss with the hope of adding to our four-game win streak but unfortunately fell 4-1. Having played earlier in the season, both teams spent the first twenty minutes trying to rush through the middle with little success. Kevyn Gunawan, T.J. Gresham, Abdullah Alkazemi, and David Ma successfully defended the Hotchkiss attacks and made several attempts to run the ball up the wings. It was Hotchkiss who scored first in the 21st minute with a bottom-right shot from inside the box after chipping the ball past the Taft defense. Undeterred, the Rhinos continued to mount several offensive plays including wonderful runs on the left wing by Brendan Staines. Matthew Sheinberg and Ayden Cinel pressured the Bearcat defense and created opportunities, but the score remained 1-0 until the second half. Coach Norledge and Coach Scarano cheered the team on until the very end. In the beginning of the second half, Hotchkiss caught the Taft defense off-guard and scored once more in the 43d minute of the second half. The Bearcats scored yet again in the 55th minute after a quick through ball slipped past the middle of the Taft defense. Hotchkiss scored their last goal of the day in the 64th minute to bring the score to 4-0. Unfortunately, Taft only found their stride in the later stages of the game. Matthew Sheinberg, Aidan Chan, Ayden Cinel, and Steven Mayer created several plays from the midfield and contributed to Taft’s high ball possession in the second half. William Henderson and Connor Walsh led Taft offense and repeatedly found their way inside the Hotchkiss box. In the 73d minute, the Rhinos’ efforts were rewarded as Ayden Cinel won the team a well-deserved penalty. Calm and collected, he walked up to the spot and fired a shot into the top-left corner to earn his second goal of the season. The Rhinos continued to mount offensive plays, but the score ended 4-1. Well-played, Hotchkiss. Despite the result, the Rhinos should hold their heads up high. T.J. Gresham, who missed most of the season because of an injury, David Ma, and Tyme Kumthampinij all handed in stellar performances in the defense. Matthew Sheinberg, Steve Mayer, Michael Nissen, and Kevin Lian all played an important role in continually helping the Rhinos begin our offensive plays. Our captains, Kevin Gunawan and Abdullah Alkazemi, rallied the team from start to finish and were model leaders throughout the game. Lastly, our goalkeeper Ryan Egan had important saves that gave the Rhinos a fighting chance. To all of the boys, thank you for your service this season and best of luck in your future endeavors. Regardless of what you do, work hard, be kind, and remember to give it your all in whatever you do. Coaching you all has been an experience that has taught me a great deal. Cheers, Coach C. I agree with Coach C that coaching these lads this year has been a real experience. We have grown a lot together, and I hope the boys continue to play the best sport on the planet! Farewell! Coach Lehner