Weekend Soccer Recap: ‘Wick and Andover Stay Undefeated, Berkshire continues dominance, and more

To prepare for today’s soccer action, let’s take a look back at what took place this past weekend.

Brunswick (7-0-0) 3 – 1 Kent (2-4-1)

Brunswick continued their dominance on Saturday with a home win over Kent. The Bruins controlled play throughout. They owned the first half, scoring twice. One goal came from an early PK by Sal Lopez ’16, which followed a foul by the Kent goalkeeper. The second goal came off of a perfectly timed James Sands ’19 pass to his brother, Will ’19 who finished with composure.

The Lions began to bring some pressure early on in the second half, with a goal in the 53rd minute. They continued to threaten, almost equalizing twice, but to no avail.

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Bruins goalkeeper, Wil Salomon ’16, finished the day with 5 saves. His strong play in the second half was imperative in Brunswick’s victory.Another PK goal, this time coming from James Sands, solidified Brunswick’s victory and kept their bid at an undefeated season alive.

Brunswick looks to continue their successes against T-P on today, and Kent looks to get their season back on track against K-O.

Andover (5-0-1) 3 – 1 Choate (4-2-2)

The undefeated Big Blue of Andover topped their rival, and a strong opponent, Choate.  Andover kept offensive pressure from the opening kickoff to the final whistle, scoring two in the first half and one in the second half. The first half scores came off of a beautiful setup pass by Roberto Rabines ’16 that found Andrei Dumitrescu ’18 one-on-one with the Choate keeper, and also long-distance snipe by captain Alex Dziadosz ’16. 

Choate struggled to respond in the second half until the very final minutes, when they capitalized off of a free kick opportunity, but not before Andover scored one more time. Andover went up 3-0 when Vermont-native Henry Meyerrose ’17 took advantage of a moment of chaos deep in Choate territory.

Andover will look to continue a strong season against Tabor, and Choate will look to return to their winning ways against Williston Northampton.

Berkshire (6-1-0) 4 – 0 Trinity-Pawling (1-6-1)

Berkshire also continued a very successful season against an ailing T-P squad. So far, through the seven games Berkshire has played so far, they have outscored opponents 37-5.

This abundance of offensive power was not lacking at all against T-P. Senior leadership was not lacking either, as all four of the goals scored were scored by seniors: Zach Kalik, who netted two goals and , Ifyunanyachi Acahra, who had one goal and two assists, and Luke Lockwood, who had one goal.

T-P has struggled mightily so far this season. Their only win and tie both came against non-Founders League opponents. Against fellow Founders League teams, they have been outscored by 11 goals. They will look to turn their luck around against a dominant Brunswick team on today. Berkshire will take a trip to Taft to battle with the Rhinos this afternoon.

Avon Old Farms (3-2-1) 6 – 2 Deerfield (2-6-0)

AOF showed their true potential on Saturday with a dominant victory over Deerfield. The Winged Beavers’ offense was firing on all cylinders from start to finish.

Avon’s offensive success started with a key Deerfield mistake. An own goal in the seventeenth minute off of a Fab Rodriguez ’16 corner kick started a flurry of scoring.

Prior to Saturday’s match Avon struggled to consistently produce offensively, but this match proved that the Winged Beavers do have offensive firepower. Today they’ll take on a formidable NMH (6-1-0) squad. Deerfield will take on Westminster.

Taft (4-1-3) 2 2 Suffield (6-0-3)

Two strong teams battled back and forth throughout this draw. Taft, who has been undefeated since their first game, was not outmatched by a currently unbeaten Tigers squad, but they did not outplay them either.

Taft will look to continue their current trend against Berkshire today, and Suffield will host Pomfret.

Northfield Mount Hermon (6-0-0) 1 – 0 Hotchkiss (3-3-2)

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NMH came out on top of a close match, but one that they clearly deserved to win. Keeping the Bearcats from getting a shot for the whole match, NMH’s defense was impenetrable. Ezekiel Omosanya ’16 was in top form, refusing to let a Hotchkiss forward get a scoring opportunity..
Hotchkiss is a very fast team, and they dominated midfield play, which kept NMH from getting too many chances, but in the end it was not enough.

The Hoggers had a total of five shots, and one of them found the back of the net. The lone goal was scored off of a great setup play by Dylan Hennessy ’16, who started the scoring opportunity with an outside pass to  Spaniard Miguel Yuste-Perez ’16 who found a composed Nick Bertrand ’16 to take the lead.

Hotchkiss looks to bounce back against South Kent this afternoon, and NMH will host AOF

Kingswood-Oxford (3-5-0) 2 – 0 Westminster (1-4-1)

Kingswood picked up their first win over Westminster in eight years with a goal in each half. The first came from Jack Wolf ’16 and the second was headed in by Jack Berry ’17.

The Wyverns’ net was guarded well by Trevor Krupp ’17, who recorded his third shutout of the season.

Kingswood looks to continue their success against Kent, and Westminster takes a long trip to Deerfield, MA.

Loomis Chaffee (4-5-0) 5 – 3 Wilbraham and Monson

Loomis survived a high-scoring affair with an outpouring of offense. Although their defense struggled to stop Wilbraham’s offense, they produced plenty offensively.

Loomis looks to get back to .500 again Salisbury.

Salisbury (3-3-2) 6 – 0 The Gunnery

Salisbury played a strong game against The Gunnery on Saturday. There was no shortage of offensive production. After a three-game losing skid, they recovered and opened up the floodgates.

They take on Loomis at 3:30 today.