Bears suffer shutout
Emma Rankine, Business Editor
The boys varsity soccer team endured a tough 5-0 loss yesterday against Hamtramck High School, making their record 6-8-3.
The Bears didn’t have the best start. Hamtramck scored their first goal within the first three minutes of the game.
“Being a team we had never faced before, I didn’t know what to expect,” senior mid fielder Phillip Pelland said. “I didn’t want to over or underestimate their ability.”
Senior keeper Jack Adams and senior keeper Jonathan Gomez played good defense and made multiple saves throughout the first half of the game, but the overall defense was not able to keep up with Hamtramck’s scoring.
“I think if we would have stepped in front of their passes we could’ve prevented a few goals and locked them down,” senior midfielder Luis Sanchez said. “We played intensely the whole time, but they were just good at passing and throwing balls.”
Also throughout the first half, Pelland and junior striker Calvin Castillo made multiple saved goal attempts, but no actual goals were made.
“I think in regards to their strengths and our weaknesses, they talked more as a team and were able to connect more passes than us,” Pelland said.
At the end of the first half, the score was 4-0.
The defense in the second half of the game strengthened, and only one goal from Hamtramck got through, making the final score 5-0, but the offense was still lacking.
“I went into the game strong, but that was my first time playing as a striker, so hopefully I can improve and help the team out in many ways,” Castillo said. “I missed a few goals that I should’ve had; I let the team down when it came to offense.”
Despite the shutout, head coach Gene Stephens is not worried about the loss.
“I think we’ll be fine; we’ll recover quickly. That was probably the team with the best passing that we’ve faced in our three years. It’s a very well coached team, and we knew that we were going to have a tough game today,” Stephens said. “It’s really just getting us prepared for Wednesday’s game.”
Tomorrow, the boys will be playing home against Taylor Kennedy. The team feels that they will have a fair chance against Kennedy.
“The last time we played them, it was very close. They won 2-1. So we’re expecting to win,” Stephens said.