Boys' Soccer - Varsity
vs.
Choate Rosemary Hall
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Win 4-1
An undefeated Choate team traveled to Watertown for a critical Founders League match on Wednesday afternoon, and The Big Red was up for the challenge. Taft played some of its finest soccer of the season to earn a 4-1 victory on its home pitch. The result did not come easily, however, as Choate defended with discipline and toughness throughout the entire first half. The Wild Boars also created a couple of decent scoring opportunities on the counterattack. However, resolute defending from the Rhinos’ back line prevented Choate from taking the lead. Cole Torino and Jayce Fraser were particularly reliable on the defensive end. Despite some excellent soccer, it appeared as though the first half would end without a goal. Then, in the 44th minute, Fraser made a streaking run up the field and moved the ball to Marvin Sibanda. Sibanda poked the ball over to Aaron Skeene, who took a touch and fired a missile from nearly thirty yards out from goal. It was a spectacular strike that swerved just inside the post, giving The Rhinos a 1-0 lead at halftime. In the second half, Taft continued its fine play, and the home side doubled its lead in the 55th minute when Carter Veley found Mthabisi Tshuma with a pass inside the Choate penalty area. After settling the ball, Tshuma blasted a shot over the onrushing goalkeeper and under the crossbar to double Taft’s lead. As the half wore on, The Rhinos once again used their bench to tire the opposition. Gabe Eliasson put in an excellent shift up front, while Jackson Larder was effective in a number of positions throughout the midfield. Taft found the all-important third goal when Lardner won a challenge in the midfield and got the ball to Sammed Bawa. Bawa collected the ball and fired a long-range shot into the upper corner of the goal, making the score 3-0. Towards the end of the match, Daniel Yen stepped onto the pitch and promptly added a beautiful goal off a brilliant pass from Sibanda to make it 4-0. The visitors kept fighting, and Choate pulled a goal back in the final minute resulting in the fulltime score of 4-1. With the win, The Rhinos improved to 14-1 on the season and will now prepare for a huge match against a very talented Loomis team.