Boys' Soccer - JV
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Taft faced off with Salisbury after a family weekend break. The muggy weather did not dampen the spirits of the home team who played the last home tilt of the season unless another game can be picked up. After a good warm-up to knock off the rust and activate the athletes, the game got under way. After a brief nervy start, the game settled and Brendan Staines got the game rolling with a goal from the top of the 18 in the 4th minute of play. The boys combined well and had good build up to get a second goal that helped the coaches nerves settle. Jame Cooper crossed in and Kotaro Wato headed it in to beat the keeper. In the 23rd minute Kotaro finished off a first half brace when Owen Wymen fed a ball to Luca Gatti who sent a through ball to Kotaro with just the right weight for the ladder of the two to strike it home. Salisbury did get their chances, but the strong defensive play of Kojo Asmah, Nero Maung, Andrew Jaroch, Thomson Knight and Kaiel Casserly helped keep the sheet clean in the first half. In the 26th and 29th minute, Luca was able to earn a brace of his own each time because of good team play. James Cooper earned the 6th goal before the half time whistle on a ball from a throw in by Quinton Ross. The second half was a bit more even with each side scoring 2 a piece. Taft worked on building possession and creating quality chances. A miscue on the back line gave up a goal to the away team, but Taft responded instantly to step up their play versus a rejuvenated Salisbury. Nero Maung earned an assist on a cross to Kotaro Wato who finished out his hat trick. Nero added to the total later by notching a well placed PK. The boys turn their focus to Kent away on Saturday. The coaches are very proud with how well the team is playing, Every player is improving and working hard. Go Big Red!