Boys' Soccer - Varsity
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Taft picked up its second shutout in as many games, defeating Westminster by a score of 6-0 on Wednesday. Though Westminster threatened early on with a few long passes over the top of the Rhino defense, The Big Red was able to settle down and gain control of the game midway through the first half. The scoring began in the 15th minute when Aaron Skeene played a pass to Mthabisi Tshuma on top of the Westminster penalty area. After some nifty dribbling, Tshuma hammered the ball into the back of the net to give the home side the early advantage. Taft doubled the lead when Sammed Bawa curled a corner kick directly into the Westminster net. Traffic in front of the goal as well as the windy conditions made it tough for the Westminster goalkeeper, who did produce several athletic saves on the afternoon. In the 34th minute, Bawa found the back of the net on another set piece. This time, he scored on a free kick from just outside the penalty area after Marvin Sibanda was tripped on a breakaway. The halftime whistle blew with the score 3-0 in favor of the Rhinos. At the start of the second half, Taft moved the ball around the pitch quickly and with purpose. Carter Veley was menace to the Westminster defense, and Aaron Skeene and Kevin Wharfe continued to control the midfield. In the 59th minute, Tshuma scored his second of the game with a blast off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net. Charlie Werner started the play by intercepting a pass and finding Sibanda, who recorded the assist when he slid the ball to Tshuma in front of goal. Towards the end of the game, Aaron Skeene needed just one touch to score his first goal as a Rhino, driving home a corner kick from Bawa. Minutes later, a long throw-in from Cole Torino found the feet of Dan Yen, who found Tshuma with a one-touch pass. Tshuma skipped past his defender before slipping the ball near post to complete the hat trick. Shayan Karimi and Liam Fitzgerald shared the shutout, and Taft got excellent defensive performances from a number of players, including Micah Umeh, Jordan Miller, Jack Mooney, Cole Torino, Ethan Hindle, Charlie Werner, and Dylan Powell. Meanwhile, Peter Denious made his debut with the varsity squad. Now, the team will prepare for what figures to be a very challenging match against Avon on Sunday morning.