Boys varsity soccer team ends 2014 campaign, bids farewell to seniors

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Jack Gallo

Striker Rowan Williams (’15) celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal of the game.

Jack Gallo, Staff Writer

On Friday October 24, the varsity boys soccer team ended their 2014 season with a 2-1 loss to Stuart Hall. The loss left the boys with a final record of 4-7-5, finishing in fifth place in their first year under new head coach Danny Cardoza.

After Rowan Williams (‘15) scored in the first half, the Blues gave up a penalty and a goal off of a corner kick in the second half. This loss ended the high school soccer careers of seniors Adam Goldstein, Brendan Dunlap, Jonah Tobin, Rowan Williams, and captains Noah Melrod and Elijah Collins.

Center back Michael Springer (‘16) noted, “We tied a lot of games we should have won, and that hurt us in the long run.”

On what he thought contributed to the team’s inconsistency throughout the season, center midfielder David Shostak (‘16) said, “I think it was a lack of focus.”

Both Springer and Shostak will likely go on to be captains next year after playing their entire careers on varsity. Shostak shared that the team’s goals for next year were to “come in as high as (they) can in the top four seeds.”

With at least five members of the class of 2016 on the team next year, three of whom have played varsity their entire high school careers, and a coaching staff that will return with more experience, the Blues hope to gel as a squad, finish in the top four, and qualify for the playoffs.