After a successful start to the soccer season with a win against Sylvester, we took on Uno Charter on Tuesday. The Bulldogs started strong with fantastic work down the left. Emre showed his opponent a clean set of heels every time he ran at him with the ball. Adam put us one up with some hard work down the right, finishing neatly. Then, Jack scored his first of the season to put us two up. Unfortunately, we couldn’t sustain the lead as a lapse in concentration allowed Uno Charter to grab a goal before half time.
We struggled to put our stance on the game in the second half, and some positional errors led Uno Charter to grab the equalizer. Ultimately, Uno Charter took home the win, and it was a tough loss to swallow.
We’re using what we’ve learned to prepare for our next match against Near North Montessori, focusing on fitness, shape and positioning, and ball retention.
By Coach Shaun Piper
On Tuesday, the high school boys played their second game against Waldorf, this time at home. We played nine per side, giving all 20 squad members the chance to get involved. The boys were quick off the mark showing discipline and shape. The goals flowed in early, with Will, Rory and Kostya all scoring. However, the performance star of the match was Sam, who not only grabbed himself a brace of goals but played a commanding role in spreading play and controlling the midfield. This also meant a clean sheet for both goalkeepers. We took the game 6-0.
Thursday marked a match with a competitive rival, Lycée Francais. A huge crowd turned out, including our Bulldog mascot, Biscuit! We started the first five minutes steady but then an onslaught of goals followed. The scoring was opened by some slick passing and a wonderful through ball by Luc to Rory, who slotted it home. Sam commanded the midfield and worked hard to maintain possession, resulting in Will scoring the first of what would be his perfect hat trick, left foot, right foot and a header. The Bulldogs were patient, and there were elements of a great passing game. Forward Nick had a hard-worked goal disallowed, but this momentum resulted in two quick goals in succession from Kostya and Luc. However, we were reminded of Lycée’s threat, as a quick counter attack forced us to concede a goal. The score at half time was 6-1.
The second half was a mix of emotions. We eased off the pedal, giving Lycée too much time to make a move. Still, our pressure affected the opponent, and we scored four more goals. Peter and Griffin scored their first goals of the season! For the rest of the match, we didn’t concede another goal thanks to last-ditch defending lead by Daniel, Max, Ken and Marshall. Ultimately, we scored a successful 10-1 win.
By Coach Lucy Harper
On Tuesday, the junior varsity girls volleyball team extended their perfect record, dominating Near North Montessori (NNM) with a 2-1 win. The varsity girls had the same goal in mind but fell short against NNM with a 2-0 loss, even after an impressive comeback in the second set. Meanwhile, the high school girls played their first match of the season against Lycée Francais and took home a 2-0 win.
On Thursday, the junior varsity and varsity teams traveled to The Ancona School for their next match. The junior varsity team, looking for another win, played hard but lost 2-0. The varsity girls also put up a fight, dealing with some impressive serves from NNM. It proved costly, and Ancona took the first set. Still, the girls bounced back and demanded the second set to send the game into a tie break. In the final set, our girls put Ancona onto the back foot early on and finished the strong to take a 2-1 victory.
By Coach Laura Towell