Freshman Boys Soccer 2018-2019 Season
George School @ Princeton Day School—Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School vs The School at Church Farm—Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School had a plethora of chances in the first half, with some excellent play coming down both wings. It took a while for the players to find their shooting boots, but the goals eventually came. Five different players scored on the day (Safi Baadarani-Feeney, Gavin Steiner, Owen Yerkes, John McTigue, and Zane Wasicko) to round out a strong team performance. It was a good opening game and a positive start to the 2018 fall season.
George School @ The Hun School of Princeton—Tuesday, September 18, 2018 @ 4:15 p.m.
George School @ Father Judge High School—Saturday, September 22, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.
George School traveled to Father Judge on Saturday, and despite a strong team effort, came away with a 0-2 defeat.
Father Judge had a strong and organized side. After a good spell of possession by George School in the first 15 minutes, a Father Judge attacker took the first opportunity of the game for the home side. He was played in on goal and made no mistake with his finish. Trailing 0-1 at halftime, George School tried to break down a disciplined four-man defense to no avail. George School keeper Dash Atwood had a fantastic game in net to keep the score close, but Father Judge still found another goal in the second half.
George School vs Princeton Day School—Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
In a game of very entertaining soccer, George School drew the short straw in a 2-3 defeat at home to PDS.
The game started well for George School. About ten minutes into the game, they took the first opportunity of the game. Midfielder Griffin Shankin won the ball in the PDS half, made a strong run through the center of the field before playing a pretty through ball to Alonso Santos. Alonso took his shot first time, and beat the keeper low and at the near post. The game ebbed and flowed for the remainder of the half, but neither team found the net. George School's keeper, Dash Atwood, made one fantastic double save in a one-on-one situation with a PDS striker.
PDS got the equalizer they were looking for early in the second half. A George School defender lost his man about 8 yards from goal but smartly stepped in front of him to block his shot. Unfortunately, the shot struck one of his arms by his side, and PDS was given a penalty. The ball was struck well, and the keeper had no chance. At 1-1, both sides were hungry to take the lead. Once again, it was Alonso who applied the finishing touch for George School. In only his second chance of the game, he once again beat the keeper with a low first-time shot. Only a few minutes later, PDS equalized again. After the ball was kicked out of bounds, a PDS player took a quick throw from a good 15 yards further up the field than where the ball was played out. George School's defenders were taken completely off guard, and the PDS left winger, who had been a threat all game, took the ball to goal and finished beautifully. With fatigue and frustration setting in, it was only a matter of time before PDS took the lead with a beautiful strike from about 18 yards from goal. George School rallied in the last five minutes and had a few good chances, but they couldn't find the net again before the final whistle blew. Both sides played very well in this thrilling match.
George School plays their rivals Westtown at home on Friday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m..
George School vs Westtown School—Friday, September 28, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
On Friday, September 28, George School defeated their rivals Westtown by a score of 6-3.
George School put together its best performance of the season. They controlled the midfield for much of the game, and they took advantage of their many scoring opportunities. Owen Yerkes opened the scoring early after some great play from his counterpart in the center of the field, Griffin Shankin. Basem Baadarani-Feeney added two more before halftime, both created by goalkeeper turned striker Huy Nguyen.
George School got their fourth early in the second half, through a goal from Geoffrey Connolly. Soon after, determined Westtown attackers started applying pressure to tired legs in George School's midfield and defense and pulled a few goals back. The game could have been much closer, but keeper Dash Atwood came up with two huge saves in the second half to stymie Westtown's comeback. A fantastic far post volley from Alonso Santos and another composed finish from Owen gave George School six goals on the day.
George School's next game is at home against Hun at 4:15 p.m. on the Freshman field.
George School vs The Hun School of Princeton—Wednesday, October 3, 2018 @ 4:15 p.m.
George School earned its second win in a row against at home against Hun on Wednesday (10/3). This gives them a 4-2 record for the season.
Both teams had to deal with playing on the small and uneven freshman field today since JV played a game at the same time. The surface led to some interesting bounces which created chances for both teams throughout the game. Hun opened the scoring early after a nasty collision between a striker and George School keeper, Dash Atwood, ended with the ball trickling through the 6 yard box. Hun's striker made no mistake with the easy, open-net finish. Frustrated by this bit of bad fortune, George School attacked with renewed vigor. First half goals from Owen Yerkes, Basem Baadarani-Feeney, and Safi Baadarani-Feeney gave George School a comfortable 3-1 lead at halftime.
The second half continued in much the same vein as the first. Owen Yerkes scored his second of the game, and Alonso Santos scored in his third consecutive contest. Showing impressive determination, Hun continued to fight until the end and pulled a goal back before the final whistle. The game ended with a score of 5-2 in favor of the Cougars.
George School's next game is on Thursday (10/4) away at Church Farm.
George School @ The School at Church Farm—Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
On Thursday, October 4, George School defeated Church Farm 6-1 in an away contest.
Playing their first game on a turf field, George School controlled the tempo of the game early on. Usual goalkeeper Dash Atwood scored a hat-trick within the first ten minutes. Midfielders Griffin Shankin and Sam Mottershead also added goals of their own before halftime.
In the second half, Church Farm's tireless central attacker finally was rewarded for his work-ethic with a goal of his own, before Church Farm conceded an unlucky own goal.
George School @ Peddie School—Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ 4:15 p.m.
On Tuesday, October 9, George School traveled to Peddie and won by a score of 5-0.
George School's leading scorer, Alonso Santos, scored twice in the first half. Striker Gavin Steiner also scored before the break. George School continued to control the game in the second half, with Dash Atwood (who played the first half in net), and Geoffrey Connolly each adding a goal. The back-line was extremely disciplined and dealt well with a few fast attacking players. Huy Nguyen played in net in the second half and helped George School keep a clean sheet, coming off his line to make a few big saves.
George School vs Council Rock High School South—Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School @ Holy Ghost Prep—Friday, October 12, 2018 @ 3:45 p.m.
George School traveled to Holy Ghost and came away with a 3-0 win in their best game of the season.
It was a back-and-forth first half against a very skilled Holy Ghost team. Ghost had more of the ball, but George School's back four (Basem Baadarani-Feeney, Evan Heffelfinger, Dylan Smith, and Zane Wasicko) all put on a masterclass in how to shut down a good attacking unit. Keeper Dash Atwood was called into question a few times, and he made three fantastic saves to keep George School in the game.
Perhaps fortunate to go into halftime with a scoreless draw, George School started attacking with renewed vigor in the second half. Every midfielder and striker relentlessly pressured Holy Ghost in their own half. George School got their reward when Gavin Steiner was played in with a pretty through ball. He took one touch, and beat the keeper with a great finish from the edge of the eighteen. About ten minutes later, George School won a free kick about thirty-five yards from goal. Evan stepped up from defense and launched the ball into the top right corner of Holy Ghost's net. 2-0! Not to be outdone, midfielder Owen Yerkes produced another moment of magic with a free-kick from the right corner of the eighteen. He bent the ball beautifully around the keeper into the side netting. Three shots on target, and three gorgeous goals. What a game.
With their fourth win in a row, George School improved their record to 7-2. They play their last two games of the season this week at home against Princeton International on Tuesday (10/16) and Lawrenceville on Thursday (10/18).