Boys' Soccer - Varsity
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Playing its fourth consecutive road game, The Big Red began its match against Salisbury in lackluster fashion. Taft struggled to maintain a high pace of play, and the home side was able to move the ball well and maintain possession. Fortunately, the sophomore trio of Ethan Hindle, Jordan Miller, and Cole Torino did well to keep Salisbury off the scoreboard. As the half progressed, a number of Rhino substitutes made an impact. Jack Mooney was solid on the defensive end, while Peter Horne helped to create chances in the attacking third. Finally, the Rhinos broke through in the 37th minute. After Jackson Lardner put forth an excellent effort to win a throw-in in the offensive end, Peter Horne moved the ball to Cole Torino. Torino whipped in a cross that was settled by Sammed Bawa and drilled home by Marvin Sibanda. Before the half ended, Peter Horne again got control of the ball and found Mthabisi Tshuma. Tshuma popped the ball over the Salisbury back line, and Bawa ran onto the pass and slotted the ball by the keeper to double Taft’s lead. In the second half, it was another substitute that stepped up. Gabe Eliasson collected a fantastic pass from Sibanda in the 57th minute and calmly beat the goalkeeper to give Taft a bit of breathing room. Momentum swung back and forth for the remainder of the match, and both teams certainly had opportunities to score. However, neither team found the back of the net again, and the score at full time was 3-0 in favor of the visitors. It has been a long stretch of away matches, and The Rhinos’ depth was a key component of their success these last two weeks. Taft is eager to get back on their home pitch for what promises to be a thrilling Founders League match against Kent on Parents’ Day.