Boys' Soccer - JV
Brunswick School
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Win 4-1
On a beautiful but windy Fall afternoon, JV Boys’ hosted Brunswick on the thirds’ field. In addition to being unfamiliar with the turf, and this being the first game of the season, Brunswick were one of only two teams to beat Taft’s JV Boys’ last year. In a tough first-half, there was little goalmouth action. Taft played some positive, steady build-up play and had to be alert to the threat of Brunswick’s lightning-quick counter-attacks. A couple of Taft corners were the only real attacking play of note until the 29th minute, when Abdikani Ahmed drew his defender then unleashed a dangerous through ball that caused panic in the defense. A melee ensued, but some quick and clever footwork from Kayden Parsons created a foot of space in the box and he duly finished with aplomb. Brunswick, however, hit back immediately from the restart, sending the ball upfield quickly which resulted in a Taft mix-up in the box, and the loose ball being put away by the visitors. The half ended with the scores level at 1-1. The second-half resulted in a greatly improved performance from Taft. They dealt with the counterattack efficiently and patiently sought an opening. It took nearly half an hour of persistent effort and intricate interplay, but the deadlock was finally broken in the 66th minute when Noah Cinel finished expertly from a corner. That opened the floodgates. In the 71st minute Cinel found the back of the net again, this time with a screamer from outside the box. Brunswick’s brave resistance had finally given away, and a minute later Taft made it four when Jack Dodd finished off an intricate move at the near post with some excellent close control. The game finished 4-1 and Taft can feel proud of a job well done, especially in the second-half. Goalies Jack Dodd and Will Droppo looked assured in the windy conditions.The new-look defense of Thomson Knight, Kevin Jin, Anmay Suri, Chris Joszczyk, Kaden Parsons, Abdikani Ahmed, and Julian Prentice, did well to learn from a difficult first half and really controlled the play in the second. Midfielders Noah Cinel, Michael Werblow, Kojo Asmah, Liam Dhumale-Smyth, Jonathan So, Patrick Yan, and Camilo Pinto Gonzalez also began to gel, creating numerous attacking opportunities in the second-half in what could be a good sign for the rest of the season. Finally, Jack Dodd, Luca Gatti, and Miller Masterson were always dangerous in attack, and did well to pull defenders out wide, hold up the ball, and create space for their midfielders. Westminster at home is up next.