Varsity Soccer wraps up its season
This young Hurricane Varsity Soccer team, without any four-year players, continued to be one of the strongest teams in the Coastal Preparatory League with a final season record of 6 wins, three ties, and a single loss.
Two of the ties came on a very demanding weekend of games where the ‘Canes played both Oxford and Times Squared to 2-2 draws. During the first half of the Oxford game, Noah McCabe, the Hurricanes’ standout goalie, was run into, hurting his leg. He gamely finished the half and began the second half, but it was clear that he could not continue. Jostin Blanco, who is normally a forward and has never played keeper, stepped up and did not allow a goal. After the game, Blanco gave most of the credit to the strong defensive back line of Capt. Fiona Crawford, Danny Reyes, Ruby Crawford, Cole McGinnes, and Gerson Hernandez, who all worked extra hard to deny a strong Oxford team from scoring.
Both of the Hurricanes’ goals were off crosses. The first was off a corner kick from Capt. David Barrillas to Julia Gasner and the second was from the dynamic wing duo of Daniel Cullen to Capt. Mathias Heinz.
The second game was also an exciting 2-2 tie against Times Squared. The Hurricanes went down early on a fast breakaway and after a few more, strong Times Square attacks, regained their composure and, using their team defense approach, curtailed them for the rest of the half. The Hurricanes tied it up in the first half and went ahead in the second half 2-1, where the score remained until very near the end when Times Squared equalized on a penalty. The final regular season game was a 3-1 victory against a much improved Grove team. Although it was much closer than the first meeting the Hurricanes still dominated the game for the win and secured the second place regular season finish.
The Hurricanes entered the playoffs with a well-earned second seed which gave them a bye to the semi-finals where they hosted Times Squared, whom they had tied in their previous two regular season games. Once again, Times Square scored early and the ‘Canes found themselves trailing by two. After a little while the tide began to go in the Hurricanes’ favor and they were rewarded with a penalty, which Hernandez converted to bring the score to 2-1. Times Squared scored another goal to bring the score to 3-1 at the half.
For most of the second half, the Hurricanes pressed forward and had multiple opportunities to score including a free kick from Blanco which hit the crossbar but did not go in. With 10 minutes left, the bench instructed Crawford to join the attack in search of the much needed second goal, but Times Squared took advantage of that move in a quick counter-attack to score. Even trailing 4-1 the Hurricanes never gave up and kept pressing until the final whistle.
I’m incredibly proud of this team and the way they played throughout the season, especially their never-give-up attitude and drive. I, and coach Jaime Johnston, look forward to seeing all the players return next year to build on their great season.