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Boys JV Soccer vs. Grayslake Central – 8.30.17

On August 30, the JV boys soccer played a good game against Grayslake Central, but unfortunately succumbed to a physically bigger and stronger team with a score of 0-3. We managed to keep possession for periods of the game and moved the ball quite well.

One of our opponents' goals was an own goal because of some disorganization in our defense. In the last five minutes, we threw almost everyone into offensive play, but Grayslake managed to break away and score in the last seconds of the game.

Our defense played very well, with excellent performances from freshman Brooks Osborne ‘21 and senior Brian Park ‘18. Our goalies, including Andrew Crawford ‘20, also did very well. Junior Alex Alutto ‘19 had a good game spearheading our midfield. Our cause was not helped by the fact that only three free kicks were awarded to either team in the entire game, and only one of those in our favor!

-Head Coach Steve Ryder

Boys JV2 Soccer vs. Round Lake – 8.31.17

The JV2 guys played their first game of the season on August 31. The guys came out a bit nervous and quickly fell behind by 2 goals in the first 15 minutes. The boys fought hard and trimmed the lead to 2-1 halfway through the first half thanks to a wonderful strike from freshman Rohan Miglani ‘21. They worked hard to stay in the game but the Round Lake substitutions made the game difficult for us to keep up. Late in the 2nd half, the opponents scored a breakaway goal and scored the 4th goal on an unfortunate deflection, resulting in an own goal. It was much closer than the final score of 4-1 indicates.

Shout out to the entire team, but special recognition should go to Conor Fryer ‘21 who made his first start at goalie and did a terrific job. Krishna Nair ‘18 also did a fantastic job on defense, blocking 7 or 8 shots and winning countless balls out of the air.

-Head Coach Sam Wold

Boys JV Soccer vs. Grayslake Central – 9.2/9.3.17

The JV boys played a three game home tournament in less than 24 hours over Labor Day Weekend! We started on Friday with our first win of the season against Antioch. We moved the ball well in the first half but could not find the net. In the second half, we scored two good goals, the first coming from Azi Nigmatullin ’19 from an assist by Zhenya Dubavets ’18. The second was the exact reverse with Azi returning the favor for Zhenya's great finish.

On Saturday, we took the field against an impressive Waukegan lineup. We struggled to keep possession, but the defense stepped up and played very well through the leadership of Clint Shi ’18 and Brian Park ’18. Despite the defeat, there were notable performances from Brooks Osborne ‘21 and Andrew Crawford ’20 as goalies.

30 minutes later, we took on Round Lake, the eventual tournament winners. Despite multiple minor injuries, we hung in there valiantly, holding them to just one goal until late in the game. In the end, our fatigue took its toll and we conceded two late goals. Assistant Coach Mathias Kerr and I were really proud of the boys, who stuck to the task very well in difficult circumstances. By the end of the game, our whole defense had some kind of injury. It was a Herculean effort by the boys that was not reflected in the score. Once again, Andrew Crawford was outstanding in goal, catching the eye of the opposing coach, who was astonished to learn that Andrew had never played soccer before!

All in all, it was a productive weekend in which the boys learned a lot and improved significantly. Kudos to one and all!

-Head Coach Steve Ryder

Varsity Boys Soccer @ Evanston Tournament – 8.29/8.31/9.2.17

On Tuesday, we played reigning tournament champ Evanston Township High School. It was a wonderful game to watch. ETHS put one past us early in the first half. LFA held them off for the remainder of the half. We played great soccer and had many chances in the second half to even the score. It was great to see the team come together to play this very well disciplined team. ETHS took the game 1-0.

On Thursday, we matched up against Payton High School. Ian Strudwick ’18 scored our first goal in the last minute of the first half off of a penalty kick. Payton came back with another goal early in the second half. Keeper Henry Jacobson ’19 made his first assist to Jason Woo ’20 who scored a hard fought goal late in the second half to win the game 2-1.

On Saturday, LFA played Mather High School. LFA went into the half down one goal. The boys pulled it together and scored 4 goals in the second half. Ian Strudwick put in the first one off of a PK. Rich Park ’20 assisted Ian Strudwick for the second goal. Chris Morrison ’18 scored the third and Rich Park had his second assist of the game to Scott Skinner ’20 for the final goal.

-Assistant Coach Jessica Gimbel

Posted by Ms. Grace Kim in September 2017 on Wednesday September, 6, 2017


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