Weekend Soccer: Rhinos Stay Hot, Hoggers Shine, and More

With the playoffs on the horizon,  Taft continued to prove that they are one of the top teams in New England, while Westminster’s struggles continued.

November 1 Rankings

Taft 4-2 Kent

Looking for their eighth win this season, Taft hosted a talented Kent team. Taft began the match with energy. Although Kent had plenty of scoring opportunities in the opening minutes, Taft seemed to dominate possession, switching the point of attack frequently. Taft’s possession resulted in a series of
corner kicks, and eventually, junior Miguel Ridruejo’s service to the near post was headed past the goalkeeper by John Nugent ’17, giving Taft a 1-0 lead in the tenth minute.

Just minutes later, off of another corner kick. The ball was sent across the box directly to the feet of A.J. Barre ’17 who drove a bouncing shot towards the net that snuck underneath the goalkeeper, doubling Taft’s lead. In the 29th minute, Taft pushed their lead to three when Jevaughn Sinclair ’16 made a run and drilled a cross to the center of the penalty area to prolific junior Matteo Mangiardi who blasted the ball into the back of the net.

In the second half, Kent began to create chances. They eventually cut Taft’s lead to two off a free kick as the shot flew past the keeper and into the side netting, making the score 3-1. Kent cut into Taft’s lead once again in the 65th minute after a rebound was sent into the back of net, setting the stage for an exciting final twenty-five minutes. Kent carried the momentum, although in the 83rd minute, A.J. Barre was able to bury his second goal of the game giving Taft a 4-2 lead and crushing any hopes of a comeback.

Taft moved to 8-2-3 on the season and will host Choate on Wednesday. Kent 6-5-2 will look to bounce back on Wednesday on the road against Trinity Pawling.

Northfield Mount Hermon 2-0 Choate

This week Choate traveled to Northfield looking to solidify their spot in the playoffs, but were unsuccessful in a two to nothing loss. Choate came out strong and physical, but could not break through the Hoggers’ defense. NMH took a one goal lead early in the second half and did not look back. Their defense continued to hold off the stingy Choate forwards. Northfield expanded their lead to two goals off of a nice move by Yale Commit Miguel Yuste-Perez ’16.

Choate fell to 7-4-3 on the season and will travel to Watertown to face Taft. Northfield will face Suffield Academy at home on Wednesday.

Avon Old Farms 1-1 Kingswood Oxford 

Looking to rebound from their last minute loss to Kent, Avon hosted the Wyverns on Saturday. The Winged Beavers controlled play in the first half by winning almost every 50-50 ball. The Wyverns, however, were able to break through in the 30th minute when Zach Hoffman ’16 barried a rebound off a Ben Putterman ’17 shot to give Kingswood a 1 goal lead. They were able to carry this lead into the half with some key saves from their goalkeeper Trevor Krupp ’17.

The Wyverns came out strong in the second half and seemed to have taken a two goal lead, but the it was called back. Kingswood’s bad luck continued as just minutes later when one of their players was assessed a red card, forcing them to play the final 25 minutes with 10 men. Krupp continued to stand on his head throughout the second half. Avon was finally able to tie the game at 1 with a goal from Mouhamed Ndiaye ’18 with just under 10 minutes remaining. Avon continued to press in the final minutes, but could not claim the lead and the game ended in a 1 to 1 draw.

On Wednesday, Kingswood will host a strong Hopkins team while Avon will host Loomis Chaffee.

Westminster 0-1 Canterbury 

On Saturday, a struggling Westminster team looking to turn their season around hosted Canterbury. Canterbury’s defense was the star in this one, pushing the Westminster attack to the outside and constantly clearing balls out of the box. The contest, however, went into halftime scoreless.

The Saints’ goal came midway through the second half on a turnover by Westminster. Canterbury’s player dribbled the ball coast to coast and while moving from left to right he took a strong shoot that flew into the bottom corner.

The Martlets had their chances late and were unable to knock one in against Canterbury’s outstanding defense. Westminster fell to 2-7-3 on the season and host Hotchkiss on Wednesday.