Boys' Soccer - JV
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Another excellent day for JV Boys began at 2:30pm on a warm Fall afternoon at Kent. Right from the start, Taft had their interplay on point, with a crafty Kotaro Wato shot nearly creeping over the goalline in the 4th minute. Three minutes later Nero Maung received a difficult ball in defense, but immediately turned things around by dribbling the ball up between numerous Kent players and then releasing an inch-perfect through ball to Noah Cinel who finished with aplomb. A crafty Kaden Parsons shot from outside the box in the 20th minute almost flew in, and seconds later a Kaiel Casserly header was cleared off the line. The constant Taft pressure finally paid off in the 24th minute. It was Casserly again who got onto the ball on the edge of the box and sent a looping shot beyond the Kent goalie. The floodgates had opened—three minutes later a Parsons cross was met with a bullet header from Wato: 3-0. In the 30th, Parsons, now on the opposite wing, waltzed into the box, dragged across a fake, then let fly with a left-footed shot that was unstoppable. Only a minute later it was five when a Camillo Pinto Gonzalez through-ball found Parsons who dribbled around the oncoming keeper and finished his second, and Taft’s 5th of the game. The second-half was a quieter affair and, though Taft still dominated, they were unable to find the net again. Still, there were excellent performances from Kojo Asmah, Noah Cinel, Wats Littman, and Brendan Staines in midfield, while James Cooper, Liam Dhumale-Smyth, and Luca Gatti were always threats in attack. At the back, in front of the dependable Jack Eastman and Julian Prentice, the ever-reliable Andrew Jaroch, Thomson Knight, Cayden Van Dolah, and Owen Wyman were rock solid. The focus turns to preparing for the always strong Choate team away on Wednesday.