WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
Our WMS boys’ varsity soccer team kicked off the season with a wonderful evenly-matched game against a challenging Indian Mountain squad. Before kick-off, we joined IMS in a celebration of “International Peace Day.” Our bears joined with IMS in a short 10-minute friendly match followed by a wonderful group picture. Our team started with a total of 11 players and, due to two injuries early on, we were down to 9 players for the remainder of the match. These boys played their hearts out for 60 minutes and moved the ball so well together as a team. They challenged every ball and counter-attacked with beautifully orchestrated passes that created wonderful goal-scoring opportunities. Defensively, we worked hard to get all our players back behind the ball and keeping it outside our goal area. Our two goal keepers, Luke and Nico, made some remarkable saves.
IMS struck first early on with a goal in the first 10 minutes. We answered back quickly with a goal 5 minutes later. Both teams had many opportunities up to the half. We regrouped, hydrated, and came out aggressive in the second half. It was back and fourth, then IMS capitalized with another goal to take the lead yet again. These boys never gave up and scored back again shortly after. It remained tied at 2 until the last 5 minutes and our Bears strung together a wonderful sequence of passes on a quick counter attack to score the third and final goal to seal the victory.
I am very proud of this group who showed amazing poise and positive determination throughout the entire match! It was a perfect match with wonderful respect and admiration on both sides. Congratulations boys.
Final score: WMS 3, IMS 2