Kingswood Oxford boys varsity soccer is sporting a record of 6-2-1 and looks to keep the great season going, as they face tougher competitors on the field. “We are doing a very good job keeping possession throughout the games, moving the ball from side to side,” said Head Coach Hikmet Aslan. The Wyverns are finding their groove, and are working as a team to finish their goals, leading them to success.
KO had a home game against Kent Monday Oct. 7. Last year they lost to Kent which really made them even more determined to win this year. Senior forward Niko Rodriguez started the game off strong with a great shot on net that scored. The Wyverns were down 3-1, but they were not giving up. The Wyverns got a penalty kick and junior midfielder Colin Ruiz took a rip and scored the goal with ease in the bottom right corner. The team was down 3-2, they needed one more goal to tie it up. In the last ten minutes of the game, sophomore midfielder Aidan Dillow dribbled through three defenders, took a strong shot and scored a screamer. The game ended with a 3-3 tie.
The Wyverns had an away game against Pomfret on Saturday, Oct. 12. “We played very well, moving the ball a lot in the center of the field and taking great shots,” said junior defender Chris Sienko. Aslan began the game with a breakaway and scoring a great goal. Followed by Aslan’s goal, Rodriguez scored a strong penalty kick going upper ninety, and junior forward Carter Meshanic had a nice finish making the score 3-2. Aslan ended the game with a nice shot in the bottom right corner of the goal, sneaking just past the goalie.
According to Coach Aslan, the defense was very good that game, and they did a very good job controlling the midfield, having the majority of possession throughout the game. The hard work of the Wyverns paid off with them taking home the victory.
The Wyverns had a home game on October 16 against Gunnery. The Wyverns had an impressive start to this game with Meshanic getting a through ball from Rodriguez and beating two defenders with speed. Meshanic scored this goal in 27 seconds, which is a school record. After that, Ruiz dribbled the ball up the sideline and had a great cross and the ball was deflected into the goal by the opposing team. It was 2-1, and Aslan broke through the defenders to have a 1v1 with the goalie. He ripped the ball to the corner, reflecting off the post and into the goal. Senior forward Brandon Stake scored a rocket from the top of the box, making the final score 4-1.
Coach Aslan said that if they keep playing as good as they are, good things are bound happen as they face tough competition.