|Boys Varsity Soccer - September 14-17|
by Dean Jacoby
Wrap-up of games played against Volcano Vista, Los Alamos, and Sandia.
This week started with a game on Wednesday, September 14 against Volcano Vista — a team who finished third in the Metro Tournament. Playing on the west side, and featuring the brisk winds and ominous clouds that describe many afternoons on the west mesa, the teams went into halftime scoreless. Volcano Vista had a number of fine players and they had carried the play to Academy. Nick Moeser '12 made a number of fine stops. In the second half, Volcano Vista picked up where they had left off, winning loose balls and attacking. They broke through in the 55th minute and again with two minutes left in the game. It was a win they deserved and a game Academy will need to put behind them as they face two more games in the next three days.
On Friday, September 16, the Academy boys found themselves facing down a familiar foe: Los Alamos. With an impressive game full of endeavor and aggressive defending, Academy was able to grind out an important 4A victory when Ben Christensen '14 curled home a beautiful shot off the pass from Andrew Hunt '12 out of the defense. It was a fast paced game with bright play on both sides but it was a good win for the team to re-establish their confidence and motivation.
Saturday morning, September 17, the Academy side found themselves facing their third team from the gold bracket of the Metro Tournament: Sandia High School. Both teams came out ready to play and the game went up one side and down the other of the field. Midway into the half, Sandia scored after some excellent passing and a defensive lapse by Academy. Just a few minutes later, Academy drew a foul deep in the Sandia box and captain Andrew Stone '13 scored off a dead ball set piece with Jaron Thompson '13. The half ended 1-1. The second half featured more quality from both sides. With twenty minutes left, Academy started to tire noticeably and Sandia took advantage with goals off a corner kick and a well struck dead ball. The final score 3-1 did not reveal the bright play and excellent endeavor of the Academy side. They should hold their heads high as they head into district play next week. The team currently stands at 6-5.
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