Boys' Soccer - Varsity
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Taft was back on the road Wednesday afternoon, playing its third game in five days. However, fatigue was not an issue, as The Rhinos showed their depth and earned a 6-1 victory over Canterbury. Right from the opening whistle, the Taft offense looked dangerous. Aaron Skeene commenced the scoring in the eleventh minute after receiving a pass from Mthabisi Tshuma and driving a low shot into the back of the Canterbury net. A minute later, Tshuma pounced on a poor clearance in the Canterbury end and blasted a shot into the upper corner of the goal to double Taft’s advantage. In the fifteenth minute, Taft took a 3-0 lead when Jayce Fraser made a run forward and found Sammed Bawa with a pass. Bawa collected the ball on the edge of the penalty area, danced passed a pair of defenders, and slammed the ball off the bottom of the crossbar and into the back of the net. Moments later, Marvin Sibanda played a pass to Carter Veley, who beat his defender and rifled a shot off the post and in to give Taft a 4-0 lead. The half ended without another goal, but it certainly was an explosive opening twenty minutes for the visitors. Taft added to the lead early in the second half when a through ball from Tshuma put Bawa in alone on goal. Bawa slotted the ball past the keeper, making the lead 5-0. Canterbury kept fighting, however, and pulled a goal back in the 59th minute. Before the match ended, Jordan Miller blew past his defender on the right flank and found Peter Horne, who needed just one touch to beat the keeper for his third goal of the season. Ethan Hindle, Diky Izmirlian, and Charlie Werner were once again solid on the defensive end, while Kevin Wharfe and Rex Riefler did well to control the midfield. The Rhinos return to the road this weekend with a trip to Williston Northampton.