Soccer - MS Blue
vs. Concordia Prep
|Date:||October 1, 2019|
The Blue soccer team triumphed yesterday in their game against Concordia Prep in a nail-biting 2-1 Win. It was the first home game of the season for Blue, as well as the first win. St. Paul’s controlled the game from start to finish and while it was only a 2-1 victory, it was a commanding performance. Ryan Nelson struck first roughly 15 minutes into the first half. Chasing down a brilliant through ball from Matthew Sola, Ryan coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net. It is too bad the game wasn’t filmed, because his finish was the acme of calm under pressure and should be studied by those seeking to learn the art of shooting. Blue soccer went into the half with at 1-0 lead. Ned Doherty locked down the net and thwarted any would be goals with aplomb.
The second half got off to a quick start and as St. Paul’s continued to generate chances. Trey Wilhelmsen haunted Concordia’s backline with tenacious defense, while Matthew Sola and Tyler Clary claimed the center of the field. Concordia’s goal came with 15 minutes left to play, off of a long ball over the top and a fast break. Blue remained undaunted and doggedly pursued the win. Jacob Yishak answered just 7 minutes later with a beautiful finish. The wiry 6th grader converted a loose ball in the box, darting around Concordia’s confused, collapsed, and confounded backline, to poke the ball in the back of the net before anyone realized what was happening. St. Paul’s battened down the hatches for the rest of the game, winning challenge after challenge, and competing in a way not yet seen this season. Ian James put in a solid game at left back, calmly distributing the ball under pressure. Grady Carroll proved himself a worthy leader of the backline as he turned Concordia’s offense away again and again. For the sake of brevity, not every member of the team can be mentioned, but rest assured they are all most deserving of recognition.
Blue’s record improves to 1-2. Could this victory signal the turn of the tide? Have they begun to find their stride? Are they to become what they were meant to be? Come find out next Monday, Oct 7 as the Blue soccer team takes on Friends school at home at 3:30