Eighth grade boys soccer have a mixed season with great teamwork

Drew Erdei carries the ball forward against the ACS Cobham B defense. The eighth grade boys went on to win the game 4-0 at Canons Park on October 6 (photo courtesy of Mrs. McCune).

The boys grade 8 soccer team had a mixed season this year. The team’s record so far this year is 3-2-2, and they hope they can improve it by LSSAs on November 5.

The team did not have a great start to the season, losing to ACS Hillingdon 4-0 at Canons Park. From that point there was only room to improve, tying the next game 3-3 to ACS Egham with a great comeback from 3-0 down in the last 11 minutes. This game was played at Egham. The team then won two consecutive games beating TASIS 7-0 and Cobham B 4-0, both played at Canons Park.

By this point in the season, the boys were really coming together as a team. Instead of playing as individuals, they worked together and had a positive outcome. With this winning streak, the team had real confidence going into the next game against their rivals ACS Cobham, despite missing five defenders that day. The team struggled defensively letting many through-runs. Unable to pull through as a team, the end result was a 2-1 loss to the Cougars.

Coach Dave Kraft and Coach Matthew Hillman “would both agree” that the team needs work on the pitch. The team’s first game and a half were very poor, but the players soon realized how they could work together more efficiently. 

In total the team had eight games in total. They only had three practices throughout the whole year.  Having only three practices meant that they did not have much time to work on many things such as set plays, new attacks and trying out new formations.

The group progressed on their skills during the season but also came together as a team. They hope to continue to improve so that they are at the top of their game for the end of season LSSA Festival on November 5.

About Drew Kraft ('21)

Staff Writer (2016-2017)

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