Varsity Boys Soccer 2018-2019 Season
George School vs George School Alumni—Sunday, September 2, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
The threat of showers slowly dissipated during the hot and humid afternoon, and the glories and camaraderie of George School soccer emerged in a spirited and respect-laden scrimmage between the current survivors of a challenging preseason camp and the veterans of years past.
The wily veterans withstood several early challenges, found their rhythm, and passed the ball rapidly around the less experienced youngsters.
After a scoreless first quarter—the teams play quarters in this scrimmage in order to drink water, recuperate a bit, and substitute more easily--the Alumni broke through down the left flank in the 30th minute. Out of a goal-mouth scramble, Dylan Koehler ’16 slotted home the first goal from six yards. 0-1.
Four minutes later, Kyle Sanphy ’04 tracked down a long clearance, shielded off an eager centerback, and ripped a low shot with his left foot into the back of the net. Professionally done. 0-2.
Midway through the second half, Justin Mendez ’13 was inadvertently tripped in the box. Penalty! Justin himself finished the deal with a powerful shot to the keeper’s right. 0-3.
In the 77th minute, Igor Gateniuk ’13 powered through a couple of attempted tackles at the edge of the eighteen, dribbled into the box on a right-slant, and grounded a low shot into the left side netting. Nicely done! 0-4.
Then in the dying moments of the game, with the referee checking his watch, Ahmed Ahmed ’19 fore-checked in the left corner, pried loose the ball, and rolled a pass to Jacob Bright ’21 who made no mistake. 1-4.
The whistle signaled the end of the match with the ensuing kick-off.
The “Varsity” (in alphabetical order): Ahmed Ahmed ’19, Alex Amindji ’20, Andrew Arth ’19, Justin Asante ’20, Ryan Bencivengo ’21, Jacob Bright ’21, Shumpei Chosa ’19, Nils Gungor ’20, Aiden Jolibois ’21, Sean Kelly ’19, Clarence Kwong ’19, Alex Le ’19, Owen Lee ’20, Danny McKay-Simons ’19, Liam Mitchell ’19, Akindele Oladeji ’21, Long Pham ’20, Connor Stoklosa ’19, Ryan Tufford ’20, Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor ’19, Javi Vidal ’20, Sebi Vinhais ’21, Charles Yeboah ’19, Eric Yu ‘19
The Alumni: Jo Adachi (teacher), Paolo Alighieri ’13, Max Balka ’13, Bill Becker ’22, John Chojnowski ’10, Glenn Curry (coach), Joe Davidyock ’91, Igor Gateniuk ’13, Thomas Helmkamp ’94, Zack Kimmelheim ’13, Dylan Koehler ’16, Nick Lilley ’17, Tyler Long ’16, Bob Machemer ’92, Brandon Mahon (teacher), Justin Mendez ’13, Andrew Miller ’22, Gabe Moon ’16, Seamus Mulcahy ’16, Chuck Norris ’75, Dylan Pedrozi ’16, David Restituto ’92, Kyle Sanphy ’04,Walter Stephenson ’08, Raoul Thuroff ’15, Ramzi Yanez ‘14
George School @ Peddie School (Scrimmage)—Wednesday, September 5, 2018 @ 4:15 p.m.
George School vs Princeton Day School—Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
Despite a couple of days of intermittent rain that waterlogged the field, and a threat of thunderstorms throughout the late afternoon, George School finally faced some unfamiliar opponents by hosting the talented, athletic, and well-coached team from Princeton Day School.
Although PDS stormed back from a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 tie, George School players learned a lot about competitive soccer and themselves during the course of the humid but dry afternoon.
PDS controlled play for most of the first five minutes of the game, but slowly GS adapted to the pace of play and the ferocity of the marking. Then in the 10th minute, freshman Bill Becker collected a loose ball just beyond middle third and slipped a clever pass through the PDS defense for senior Andrew Arth to run onto just inside the eighteen. Andrew read the play accurately, made his sprint, and chipped the onrushing keeper with his first touch. GS fans cheered when the ball bounced on the goal-line and into the net! 1-0.
Awakened to their task, the PDS team stormed forward behind their dynamic striker #10. A couple of off-sides calls, some rock-ribbed defense, and a couple of brilliant saves by senior keeper Connor Stoklosa preserved the shutout and the lead. 1-0 at the half.
Ten minutes into the second half, George School was awarded a free kick at the edge of the middle third and on the right flank. Arth curled a cross to the back post that somehow bounced through and over a gaggle of players, past the surprised PDS keeper, and into the goal. A bit of a miracle, that, but they all count. 2-0.
George School controlled most of the action for the next 10 minutes but could not find the back of the net despite several very good penetrating runs, primarily by senior Eric Yu. Unfortunately, as the team sought another goal, it also stretched itself, and by the 60th minute fatigue was showing up though uninvited.
Alas, after surviving a few corner kicks, the ball could not be cleared. It bounced from head to head in the box, and then, out of mostly nothing, the PDS striker soared above the crowd and nodded the ball over the defense and junior keeper Christian Fusco for their first goal. 2-1!
Enlivened, PDS started to press forward with great determination as George School ran on fumes. The inevitable happened with eleven minutes to go, and the PDS striker stormed through tiring legs and netted his second with a fine low shot to the far post as George School defenders raised their hands in a futile plea for a saving off-side call. GS goalie Christian Fusco had no chance. 2-2.
With George School losing a battle of attrition as the humidity sapped energy, PDS kept GS penned up in their defensive half for most of the last ten minutes of the game. Then, in stoppage time, senior Liam Mitchell made a saving slide to toe-poke the ball away from the PDS striker. When he fell to earth just outside the eighteen, PDS had a free kick.
GS formed its wall quickly, and PDS blasted a worm-burner through the wall. Fiddlesticks! What a way to lose! But goalkeeper Christian dove to his right and safely grasped the ball to his chest. A brilliant, game-saving, effort! Still 2-2.
Within seconds, the referee whistled an end to the game. (The teams had agreed to forego overtime if there was a tie.) George School had played well and given a bit of hope for the future, but the fitness and energy of the PDS team earned a well-deserved result.
George School: Connor Stoklosa, (Christian Fusco); Clarence Kwong (Ryan Mitchell), Jake Armbruster (Chaitanya Jaikaria, Nils Gungor), Liam Mitchell, Brandon Stolz (Ryan Mitchell); Long Pham (Andrew Miller, Connor Stoklosa), Alex Le (Bill Becker, Jake Armbruster, Nils Gungor), Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor (Bill Becker), Shumpei Chosa (Brandon Stolz, Nils Gungor, Ryan Mitchell, Sean Kelly, Long Pham); Andrew Arth (Owen Lee), Eric Yu (Alex Le, Owen Lee)
Shots: GS 4 + 5 = 9 PDS 11 + 5 = 16; Saves: Stoklosa 11 + Fusco 3 = 14 PDS 3 + 4 = 7; Corners: GS 0 + 2 = 2 PDS 4 + 3 = 7
George School @ Academy of the New Church—Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
Finally! A game!! After almost a month of a grueling preseason and daily practices (plus Holy Days and weather beyond belief), and just one—count it, one—tied game against Princeton Day School, George School opened its FSL season with a 3-0 victory at The Academy of the New Church (a.k.a Bryn Athyn to old observers).
ANC had already played five games, and George School was lucky that Chakra Wade, the dominant All-League striker for ANC, was shelved with a concussion suffered in the previous game. Even without him, ANC provided quite enough competition, even though they lacked the sharp edge of their attack.
The first half ended scoreless, although George School had perhaps a small territorial advantage and more good chances. Both senior Eric Yu and classmate Charles Yeboah rolled shots just wide of the far post, and veteran striker Andrew Arth (also a senior) could not quite reach a high cross from freshman Andrew Miller to head it on goal.
Meanwhile, ANC was mostly limited to some longer efforts that sailed a yard or two wide of senior goalkeeper Connor Stoklosa.
After halftime, in the 54th minute, senior striker Eric Yu broke through a pair of defenders at the edge of the offensive third, entered the box, and rolled a shot past the onrushing keeper. 1-0!
Three minutes later, George School earned a corner kick when Andrew Arth forechecked forcefully. Arth’s subsequent kick fell to earth out of a crowd and Yu scored his second from two yards. They all count! 2-0.
In the 63rd minute, Arth earned his own reward when Charles Yeboah threaded a clever pass through the defense into his path, and Arth powered the ball through the keeper. 3-0.
ANC also had its moments on offense in the second half and created a couple of excellent chances on the GS doorstep, but squirreled their shots high and wide. The goalkeeping pair of senior Connor Stoklosa and junior Christian Fusco benefited from the mostly stifling play of the fullbacks listed in the lineup below and shared the shutout.
And so George School kicked off its suddenly busy schedule crammed with five games on the road in eight days with a satisfying 3-0 win over an old rival.
George School: Connor Stoklosa (Christian Fusco); Clarence Kwong (Brandon Stolz), Jake Armbruster (Chaitanya Jaikaria), Liam Mitchell (Chaitanya Jaikaria), Brandon Stolz (Ryan Mitchell); Andrew Miller (Eric Yu, Long Pham, Nils Gungor, Andrew Arth), Alex Le (Bill Becker, Nils Gungor), Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor (Andrew Arth, Liam Mitchell) Shumpei Chosa (Eric Yu, Brandon Stolz); Andrew Arth (Charles Yeboah), Eric Yu (Charles Yeboah, Andrew Miller)
Statistics: Shots: GS 5 + 7 = 12 ANC 4 + 7 = 11 Saves: GS 3 + 5 (2) = 8 ANC 6 + 3 = 9 Corners: GS 0 + 3 = 3 ANC 0 + 0 = 0
George School @ Conwell-Egan Catholic High School—Saturday, September 22, 2018 @ 1:30 p.m.
After playing just once in twenty days, the George School traveled to Conwell-Egan, a member of the renowned Catholic League, for a second game in two days.
Egan enjoyed a good bit of the ball for the first 5-10 minutes of the game but the George School defense held firm at the edge of their defensive third. Slowly the Cougars adjusted to the demands of their aggressive opponents, and started to attack more successfully down the flanks. Alas, the subsequent crosses were mostly collected by the active C-E goalkeeper who then ignited several dangerous counterattacks by punting the ball well beyond midfield.
In the 21st minute, disaster. Another punt bounced beyond senior center back Liam Mitchell who tracked down the ball with a C-E attacker on his back. Liam decided to pass the ball wide to his brother Ryan, also retreating as a left fullback. OK, not a great choice but the error was compounded when Ryan booted the ball up the middle of the field where an onrushing C-E midfielder ignited a rocket of a shot into the right corner of the goal. Junior keeper Christian Fusco had no chance. Brilliant strike and a 0-1 deficit!
Uh oh. Still, George School had a lot of the ball and was quite frequently on the attack. Plenty of time to equal the score and perhaps grab a lead. Not so fast. The Egan defense, supported by the great positioning of their goalie, held firm until the 38th minute when George School was awarded a free kick just outside its defensive third after Liam Mitchell was fouled chasing another punt.
Fusco emerged from his eighteen to take the kick and delivered the ball into the left corner. The ball looked likely to roll out of bounds but freshman Andrew Miller tracked it down, danced around a surprised defender, and delivered a cross through the second six. Senior Eric Yu made no mistake at the back post, and grounded a shot into the corner of the goal. Tied 1-1!
But, although George School improved in the second half and two five-minute overtime periods, and created numerous chances, the ball refused to cross the line. Among the missed opportunities were a corner kick that dropped to ground a yard from the goal-line, a ball that took a bad hop as Miller tried to apply the finishing touch from eight yards, and a ball that curled off the top of Liam Mitchell’s foot when he had only the keeper to beat from twelve yards in overtime.
Although the result was perhaps disappointing, George School had played well to tie a strong, well-coached team. One hopes that playing this high pressing opponent will help prepare the Cougars for the high-tempo Friends League frenemies to come. First up, at Friends Central on Tuesday.
George School: Christian Fusco; Clarence Kwong, Jake Armbruster (Chaitanya Jaikaria), Liam Mitchell, Ryan Mitchell (Brandon Stolz); Andrew Arth ( Charles Yeboah, Andrew Miller, Eric Yu, Connor Stoklosa, Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor), Alex Le (Bill Becker, Liam Mitchell, Jake Armbruster, Nils Gungor), Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor (Andrew Arth), Brandon Stolz (Shumpei Chosa, Nils Gungor, Charles Yeboah); Eric Yu (Charles Yeboah), Andrew Miller (Charles Yeboah, Alex Le, Nils Gungor)
Statistics: Shots: GS 10 + 15 + 1 + 2 = 18 C. – Egan 6 + 4 + 1 + 0 = 11 Saves: GS 5 + 4 + 1 = 11 C. – Egan 9 + 10 + 1 + 1 = 21
Corners: GS 5 + 2 = 7 C. – Egan 1 + 0 = 1
George School @ The Hun School of Princeton—Saturday, September 29, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
After a week of cancellations and postponement for a monsoon and an underwater field, George School traveled to Hun to play on their (emergency) turf field. Hun proved itself more creative and energetic, and buried the Cougars 5-1.
The game was scoreless and fairly even for the first fifteen minutes, but then Hun’s talented and dynamic #6 started to pry open the Cougar defense with incisive one- and two-touch passes, both short and long.
In the 19th minute, and again in the 29th, Hun was first to the ball in the box and drilled low shots past defenseless goalie Christian Fusco (a junior who had made a brilliant initial stop on the second goal). 0-2.
Primed for an impassioned and thrilling second-half comeback, George School surrendered a quick goal in the 42nd minute. Deflating. Two more goals, in the 53rd and 59th minutes, sealed the deal, but George School continued to battle as Hun cleared its bench. 0-5.
Still, George School labored on, and in the 72nd minute reaped its reward when senior Andrew Arth won and held the ball against two defenders just outside the eighteen and chipped a little pass through a gap in the Hun defense for freshman Andrew Miller to convert. He made no mistake. 1-5.
Hun soon tightened their ranks, however, and played out the game without further incident for a convincing 5-1 victory.
So George School suffered its first loss of the young season. Fortunately, it has a couple of days to lick its wounds, and then resume its adventure next week with a couple of league games. First a test at home on Wednesday against mighty Hill, then a trip to Friends Select on Thursday, and a home game against Abington Friends on Friday.
George School: Christian Fusco; Clarence Kwong (Chaitanya Jaikaria), Chaitanya Jaikaria, (Liam Mitchell), Ryan Mitchell (Brandon Stolz); Jake Armbruster (Alex Le, Nils Gungor, Bill Becker), Bill Becker (Liam Mitchell, Alex Le, Nils Gungor); Liam Mitchell (Eric Yu, Sean Kelly, Long Pham), Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor (Andrew Arth, Bill Becker), Brandon Stolz (Long Pham, Sean Kelly, Charles Yeboah); Andrew Arth (Charles Yeboah, Andrew Miller), Eric Yu (Andrew Arth, Brandon Stolz
Shots: GS 6 + 7 = 13 Hun 6 + 7 = 13; Saves: GS 4 + 3 = 7 Hun 4 + 5 = 9 Corners: GS 1 + 0 = 1 Hun 1 + 2 = 3
George School vs The Hill School—Wednesday, October 3, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.
(Oct. 3, 2018) George School played mighty Hill (look on their website for their many accomplishments in soccer over the last six years) to a standstill for thirty minutes as the sun settled in the west ,and the Hill fullbacks tried to pry apart the stubborn Cougar defense with long lasers over the top.
In the 34th minute, a Hill forward ran the ball down, shouldered a GS defender aside, and laid the ball square into the path of a supporting runner who made no mistake from eight yards. 0–1.
In the first half, George School had its own chances to score but was unable to get the vital touch inside the penalty area.
The second half was a bit more one-sided as Hill’s depth slowly sapped energy, but not determination, from the Cougar team. Ultimately, Hill scored off two classic goals with their heads off crosses, and another from cracked from outside after a corner kick. The final score was 0–4.
Still, despite the score, George School made significant progress in this game, shoehorned between 5:00 and sunset to avoid missing class-time in Pottstown.
Next games are Thursday (today, as I write) at Friends Select in Fairmount Park, and Friday against Abington Friends at home. Next week, the league schedule continues with GFS at home on Tuesday, at Friends Central on Wednesday, and Moorestown Friends at home on Friday. Westtown and Shipley will be faced the following week on the road and then at home respectively.
Shots: GS 4 + 6 = 10 Hill 8 + 6 = 14; Saves: GS 7 (Stoklosa) + 3 (Fusco) = 10 Hill 3 + 3 = 6 Corners: GS 3 + 0 = 3 Hill 3 + 2 = 5
George School: Connor Stoklosa (Christian Fusco); Clarence Kwong (Long Pham); Chaitanya Jaikaria (Aiden Jolibois, Liam Mitchell), Liam Mitchell (Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor, Aiden Jolibois), Ryan Mitchell (Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor, Aiden Jolibois, Clarence Kwong); Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor (Jake Armbruster, Nils Gungor), Bill Becker (Jake Armbruster, Alex Le, Liam Mitchell); Eric Yu (Shumpei Chosa, Nils Gungor, Andrew Arth, Charles Yeboah), Andrew Miller (Andrew Arth), Charles Yeboah (Eric Yu, Sean Kelly); Andrew Arth (Andrew Miller)
George School @ Friends Select School—Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
On a sultry afternoon marred only by eighteen (by actual count) raindrops in the second half, George School traveled to Fairmount Park to face a younger, less experienced, but certainly game, team from Friends Select. The Cougars won 5-1 in a good, competitive game.
Playing downhill, George School quickly earned a couple of good chances, and then netted its first goal in the fourth minute when senior Andrew Arth ripped a low cross into the box from the right wing for freshman Andrew Miller to net a six-yard shot. 1-0.
Although the Cougars continued to move forward aggressively, they reaped no tangible reward until the 25th minute when Miller motored forward, drew a defender, and laid a pass into the path of senior Eric Yu who ripped a worm-burner toward the far post. The Select keeper got a hand to the ball, but senior Shumpei Chosa sprinted to tuck the ball away at the far post. 2-0.
Five minutes later, the rout appeared to be on when Chosa passed to Yu who laid the ball off for Arth and he netted a tap-in. 3-0.
Not so fast. Three minutes later, senior Liam Mitchell blasted a low shot from the eighteen that a Select defender slid to block with, unfortunately, a sensitive part of his body. As he writhed in pain, Select counter-attacked quickly against a depleted GS defense, and reaped their reward with a fine low shot to the far post. 3-1 at the half.
Now attacking up hill, the Cougars moved the ball quickly against a tiring defense. In the 52nd minute, freshman Ryan Mitchell knocked a ball forward that senior Brandon Stolz tracked down in the left corner. After eluding his defender, Brandon hit a low cross which junior Nils Gungor volleyed into the net from 12 yards. 4-1.
The final goal was tallied when senior striker Alex Le redirected a header at the edge of the offensive third wide for senior Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor to chase. Jordan did so and delivered a cross to the back post that classmate Charles Yeboah nodded into the goal. 5-1.
Overall, George School had played well to earn the points. The Cougars next face Abington Friends at home on October 5, 2018.
Shots: GS 17 + 16 = 33 FSS 3 + 2 = 4; Saves: GS 2 + 1 = 3 FSSl 7 + 9 = 16 Corners: GS 1 + 3 = 4 FSS 2 + 0 = 2
George School: Christian Fusco; Clarence Kwong (Aiden Jolibois, Owen Lee, Shumpei Chosa), Chaitanya Jaikaria (Aiden Jolibois, Ryan Mitchell), Ryan Mitchell (Brandon Stolz, Connor Stoklosa); Jake Armbruster (Liam Mitchell, Nils Gungor, Brandon Stolz), Bill Becker (Alex Le, Nils Gungor, Liam Mitchell); Andrew Arth (Sean Kelly, Connor Stoklosa, Charles Yeboah), Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor (Bill Becker, Liam Mitchell), Charles Yeboah (Shumpei Chosa, Connor Stoklosa, Long Pham) ; Andrew Miller (Charles Yeboah, Owen Lee, Alex Le), Eric Yu (Andrew Arth, Brandon Stolz, Charles Yeboah)
George School vs Abington Friends School—Friday, October 5, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
Playing for the third time in three days due to a postponement last week, George School created but squandered several good chances, scored two while surrendering one in stoppage time, and eked out a vital 2-1 FSL victory against a stubborn and well organized team from Abington Friends School.
The game started on time with two referees and George School earned a fine chance when senior Brandon Stolz ripped in a low cross from the left wing but freshman Bill Becker’s slip header bounced harmlessly past the back post.
In the thirteenth minute, however, Stolz delivered a free kick to the head of freshman Andrew Miller whose little header fell to the feet of senior Eric Yu. He made no mistake and rolled the ball into a corner. 1-0.
Play then settled primarily in the middle third with George School igniting several promising but ultimately fruitless counterattacks.
With the score 1-0 at the half, Abington had everything to play for, and slowly switched to a more offensive posture. Play again was mostly in their defensive half, but they had several quick attacks. One, a 3 v 3 attack in the 52nd minute was particularly redolent with possibilities when freshman sweeper Chaitanya Jaikaria made a brave, clean tackle at the edge of his defensive third. Senior Clarence Kwong cleared the ball out of touch while CJ writhed on the ground in obvious pain. CJ was carted off the field, but an early word suggests that he will be able to play soon.
With CJ injured, several players stepped forward to fill more prominent roles. Notable among those who stepped up their games were sophomore Aiden Jolibois, newly called up from JV, and freshman Ryan Mitchell. The revised defense coped well.
Meanwhile, George School continued to attack but could reap no reward until the 76th minute when seniors Shumpei Chosa and Eric Yu combined to win a ball in the left corner and Yu volleyed a hopeful ball into the mixer. Andrew Miller made a speculative run and leaped to get a few hairs on the bouncing ball to lift it over the on-rushing (and heretofore fabulous Abington keeper) for the second goal. 2-0.
But Abington never quits, and soon they attacked successfully down their left side and delivered a cross for an undefended teammate to tap in at the right post. Classic! 2-1.
Within a minute, however, the whistle sounded the end of the game, and the relieved Cougars emerged with the win.
Upcoming challenges include GFS at home on Tuesday, at Friends Central on Wednesday (another postponement), and then MFS at home on Friday.
Statistics: Shots: GS 12 + 6 = 18 FSS 6 + 4 = 9 Saves: GS 4 + 3 = 7 FSS 6 + 4 = 10 Corners: GS 4 + 0 = 4 FSS 0 + 2 = 2
George School: Connor Stoklosa; Clarence Kwong (Aiden Jolibois), Chaitanya Jaikaria (Ryan Mitchell), Ryan Mitchell (Clarence Kwong); Charles Yeboah (Shumpei Chosa, Nils Gungor, Sean Kelly), Liam Mitchell (Jake Armbruster, Nils Gungor), Bill Becker (Liam Mitchell, Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor), Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor (Liam Mitchell), Brandon Stolz (Charles Yeboah, Shumpei Chosa, Long Pham, Christian Fusco); Eric Yu (Owen Lee, Alex Le, Andrew Miller), Andrew Miller (Alex Le, Eric Yu)
George School vs Germantown Friends School—Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
On yet another hot and humid afternoon, George School hosted Germantown Friends and lost 4-0. Germantown dominated the possession with their active midfield and they sliced and diced the Cougar defense with a succession of through passes.
Although GFS was on the front foot for most of the first half, the game was scoreless until the 35th minute when a clever pass went diagonally through the eighteen-yard box to a runner on the right side who nailed a shot off the far post and into the goal. 0–1.
The Cougars emerged from halftime and quickly surrendered two goals in five minutes. On the first, a GFS player was first to a spilled ball just wide of the post, and the second deflected off a GS defender and into the goal. 0-3.
The game settled into midfield for most of the next twenty minutes but GFS gilded the lily by heading home a corner kick in the 68th minute.
Twelve minutes later the whistle sounded a merciful end. No time to dwell upon the result; the Cougars travel to Friends Central (overtime winners over GFS earlier this season) for a game tomorrow (on Wednesday).
Shots: GS 6 + 3 = 9 GFS 9 + 7 = 16; Saves: GS (Fusco) 7 + Stoklosa (3) = 10 GFS 4 + 3 = 7 Corners: GS 0 + 1 = 1 GFS 1 + 2 = 3
George School: Christian Fusco (Connor Stoklosa); Clarence Kwong (Aiden Jolibois), Chaitanya Jaikaria (Aiden Jolibois),, Ryan Mitchell (Aiden Jolibois, Jake Armbruster); Liam Mitchell (Brandon Stolz), Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor (Bill Becker, Nils Gungor, Jake Armbruster); Charles Yeboah (Shumpei Chosa, Nils Gungor, David Osei-Tutu, Sean Kelly), Andrew Arth (Bill Becker, Alex Le, Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor), Brandon Stolz (Charles Yeboah, Long Pham) ; Andrew Miller (Brandon Stolz), Eric Yu (Brandon Stolz, Alex Le)
George School @ Friends’ Central School—Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
On yet another hot, humid afternoon, George School traveled around Philadelphia to make up a previously postponed game against Friends Central. Although it is never ideal (or even wise) to play two games on consecutive days, playing back-to-back was equally disadvantageous for both teams who had each faced formidable opponents the day before. (GS had lost to Germantown Friends and Friends Central had squeaked by Shipley 2-1.)
Despite tired legs, both teams rallied to the challenge and produced very good soccer in a thrilling 0–0 draw. George School had perhaps an edge in possession, but Friends Central had the better goal scoring opportunities in the box. Fortunately, from a GS perspective, senior goalkeeper Connor Stoklosa stymied all of Friend Central’s attempts, including four or five half-chances, and two in the dying minutes of overtime, from ten yards or less.
Next up for the Cougars? Moorestown Friends at home on Friday, followed by a game at traditional rival Westtown on Tuesday.
Shots: GS 5 + 3 = 8 FC 4 + 8 + 0 + 2 = 14; Saves: GS (4 + 7 + 0 + 2 = 13 FC 4 + 2 = 6 Corners: GS 2 + 3 + 1 + 0 = 6 FC 2 + 2 = 4
George School: Connor Stoklosa; Clarence Kwong, Chaitanya Jaikaria (Aiden Jolibois), Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor, Ryan Mitchell; ), Charles Yeboah (Shumpei Chosa, David Osei-Tutu), Liam Mitchell (Bill Becker, Jake Armbruster), Andrew Miller (Bill Becker, Jake Armbruster), Brandon Stolz (Charles Yeboah, David Osei-Tutu) ; Andrew Arth, Eric Yu (Brandon Stolz, David Osei-Tutu)
George School vs Moorestown Friends School—Friday, October 12, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
Finally, a day that suggested the glories of a Pennsylvania autumn (temperature in the 60s, a bit of breeze, some sunshine)—but there was no joy in Cougarville as the soccer team from Moorestown Friends administered a comprehensive lesson in the modern game of high pressure and quick ball movement to the tune of a 4-1 defeat.
Moorestown dominated their middle and attacking thirds early in the game but their shooting sights were misaligned until the 20th minute when a cross from the right flank was nodded in at the far post from six yards. 0-1.
George School survived until halftime as Moorestown continued to smother the GS attack and squander good opportunities.
Then, beginning in the 52nd minute, Moorestown regained their accuracy and quickly scored three goals in eight minutes. Bing, bam, boom! 0-4
As the teams cleared their benches, play settled once again in mostly the middle third for the last quarter of the game.
George School earned a bit of autumnal joy when tri-captain Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor made a speculative near-post run, won the ball, and earned a penalty kick when he was taken down as he turned toward goal. Jordan finished his effort by converting the kick in the 77th minute. 1-4 but surely too little too late.
And so it proved.
Next Tuesday (10/16) George School travels to face the wrath of an undefeated Westtown team for the annual Moose competition.
Shots: GS 2 + 2 = 4 MFS 7 + 6 = 13 Saves: GS 4 + 2= 6 MFS 1 + 0 = 1 Corners: GS 1 + 1 = 2 MFS 0 + 1 = 1
George School: Christian Fusco (Connor Stoklosa); Clarence Kwong (Aiden Jolibois, Owen Lee), Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor (Liam Mitchell, Aiden Jolibois), Chaitanya Jaikaria (Ryan Mitchell), Ryan Mitchell (David Osei-Tutu); Charles Yeboah (Shumpei Chosa, Eric Yu, Andrew Arth, Brandon Stolz, Long Pham), Liam Mitchell (Jake Armbruster, Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor, Nils Gungor), Bill Becker (Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor), Brandon Stolz (David Osei-Tutu, Charles Yeboah, Shumpei Chosa, Sean Kelly, Alex Le); Eric Yu (Andrew Miller, Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor), Andrew Arth (Brandon Stolz, Alex Le)
George School @ Westtown School—Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
We few, we lucky few, who were able to watch George School survive a relentless onslaught by traditional rival Westtown and emerge with a 0 – 0 win.
Indeed, Westtown had the majority of the possession and the much more elegant play but many of their attacks foundered on a rock-ribbed defense the rest were stymied by some inaccurate shooting and a very hot goalkeeper, junior Christian Fusco.
George School did have a few good scoring opportunities, mostly in the second half and overtime, but the ball rolled tantalizingly between the back post and a Cougar attacker every time.
Westtown squandered a number of very good opportunities in the first half from about six yards by shooting a foot or two wide or high. Whew (from a GS perspective…)!
In the second half and overtime, Fusco was forced to scramble and make a couple of brilliant saves on balls redirected to the back post; somehow he was able to dive and at full stretch hand the ball around the post safely. Unbelievable.
On a day of heroes, several players stood out. The GS defense (Clarence Kwong, Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor (brilliant!), Ryan Mitchell, Aiden Jolibois, and David Osei-Tutu) worked especially hard to thwart the skilled and inventive Westtown forwards. Liam Mitchell and Eric Yu solidified the midfield, and special mention should be given to Andrew Arth who created the best chances.
Those were perhaps the standouts, but this was a full team effort. Everyone gave his best.
Next the Cougars host Shipley on Friday—a win and the Cougars will prowl in the playoffs.
George School: Christian Fusco; Clarence Kwong (David Osei-Tutu), Jordan Valepenas-Mellor, Ryan Mitchell (Liam Mitchell), Aiden Jolibois (David Osei-Tutu); Charles Yeboah (Shumpei Chosa, Long Pham, David Osei-Tutu),Liam Mitchell (Bill Becker), Andrew Miller (Bill Becker, Andrew Arth, Alex Le), Jake Armbruster (Bill Becker, Alex Le), Eric Yu (Nils Gungor, Charles Yeboah, David Osei-Tutu, Long Pham); Andrew Arth (Eric Yu, David Osei-Tutu, Owen Lee, Andrew Miller)
Shots: GS 3 + 4 + 2 + 1 = 10 WTN 12 + 14 + 1 + 4 = 31; Saves: GS 9 + 9 + 1 + 3 = 22 WTN 2 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 5 Corners: GS 1 + 1 + 1 + 0 = 3 WTN 2 + 2 + 1 + 0 = 5
George School vs Shipley School—Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 4:15 p.m.
On a beautiful afternoon for soccer, though a bit overcast, with a slight breeze from the southwest, George School played well but Shipley stone-walled the Cougar attack and scored the goals in a 2-0 victory for the visitors.
George School began the game knowing it needed a clear victory to qualify for the FSL playoffs. A scoreless draw would not be enough.
Shipley scored in the 13th minute when they received a free kick deep in their left corner. After a quick restart, a Shipley player curled a shot into the upper far corner of the goal from a difficult angle—fantastic execution! Disaster for a GS team that has had trouble scoring goals in recent games (only 1 in its last 4). 0-1.
Now the Cougars needed at least two goals.
After switching ends at half-time, George School committed more resources to the attack and Shipley quickly scored again when a loose ball was blasted into the net from inside the six. 0-2.
With their dreams of possible championship glory fading, the Cougars continued to work hard but the well organized Shipley defense held firm. The whistle sounded the end of the game. Shipley had a well deserved berth in the Championship flight while George School will pursue the Quaker Cup. First game is presumably home on Wednesday, but check the schedule for details.
George School: Christian Fusco; Clarence Kwong (Aiden Jolibois, Chaitany Jaikaria, Connor Stoklosa), Jordan Valepenas-Mellor, Ryan Mitchell (Chaitany Jaikaria), Aiden Jolibois (Ryan Mitchell, Brandon Stolz); Eric Yu (Charles Yeboah Shumpei Chosa, David Osei-Tutu),Liam Mitchell (Bill Becker), Andrew Arth (Bill Becker, Shumpei Chosa), Jake Armbruster (Bill Becker, Alex Le), Brandon Stolz (David Osei-Tutu,Charles Yeboah); Andrew Miller (Andrew Arth, Eric Yu, Nils Gungor)
Shots: GS 6 + 9 =15 Shipley 5 + 4 = 9; Saves: GS 4 + 5 = 9 Shipley 6 + 5 = 11 Corners: GS 2 + 1 = 3 Shipley 1 + 0 = 1
George School vs George School Alumni—Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
George School @ FSL Quaker Cup Semi-Finals (GS vs FSS)—Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 3:30 p.m.
On October 24, 2018, the Bucks County Courier Times wrote:
"Charles Yeboah scored twice and George School erupted for four second-half goals in a 5-1 Friends Schools League boys soccer win over Friends Select on Wednesday. Eric Yu got things rolling for the Cougars, who led 1-0 at the break. Brandon Stoltz and Andrew Arth bracketed Yeboah’s goals as George ran out to the five-goals lead."
George School @ FSL Quaker Cup Finals (GS vs ANC)—Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 3:30 p.m.
And so the long journey ends for twelve seniors with a well-played victory and a championship, albeit the Quaker Cup, a competition for the second tier of FSL teams as determined by results during the regular season.
The game itself was played against a game and determined team from the Academy of the New Church (ANC, or “Bryn Athyn” for older alumni) that was again a bit depleted by injuries as it had been throughout the year. (In the first regular season game, ANC’s top scorer had been sidelined; in this one, his brother, their top center, back was out.)
Nevertheless, George School played perhaps its best game of the season with aggressive defense and quick, meaningful ball movement.
In the third minute, senior Andrew Arth turned at the edge of the box and the back of the ANC defense and entered the eighteen with only the keeper to beat. A clever change of pace got him past the keeper but the ball unexpectedly rolled a bit faster than expected and wrong-footed Andrew in front of the open net. He tracked it down two steps later but with no angle to slot it home, so he turned back a couple of yards wide of the net and was tackled by a recovering defender. Great, great play by Andrew, but no reward. Would this be one of those days?
Three minutes later, George School earned a free kick on the right flank near to the attacking third of the field. Senior Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor drove a ball diagonally across the box, and classmate Brandon Stolz blocked the ball into the far corner of the goal. Sounds simple, but players often dawdle on their runs or over-swing on their finish. Great goal! And at least GS would score one on the day. 1-0.
George School continued to dominate possession while pinning ANC in their defensive half, but the stalwart defenders blocked every cross and thwarted every attempt down the middle.
Then, in the twentieth minute, freshman Andrew Miller pooched the ball in the air between two defenders into the box where Jordan beat his marking central defender, turned, and half-volleyed it powerfully home. The keeper had no chance and GS had a second goal. 2-0.
Of course, a 2-0 lead at halftime is “the most dangerous in football” as observers have stated for generations, and Newcastle recently experienced at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
In the forty-eighth minute, fears and hopes were realized when a careless foul near midfield gave ANC a chance to flight a ball into the box. It fell out of a bunch of leaping players toward the corner of the six, and an ANC player blasted a low shot into the net. Boom! 2-1.
Now the psychological fat was in the fire! Could George School maintain its poise? Would ANC elevate its game and score another? Would there be a penalty kick shootout?
Yes, possibly, and no.
George School continued to dominate possession and move the ball rapidly over the pitch but without result on the scoreboard as ANC defended with tenacity and a hot goalkeeper until the seventy-eighth minute when an overzealous defender bowled over senior Connor Stoklosa.
Having shown a talent for taking penalties during practice, Connor was chosen by the team to take the penalty! After a seemingly endless delay of about thirty seconds, the referee blew her whistle and Connor stepped forward and converted the penalty flawlessly. 3-1!
The final whistle sounded just a minute or two later, and the Cougars could celebrate. Unfortunately, with twelve seniors on the team, and a junior goalkeeper, only ten could finish the game on the field. Still, all had contributed to the victory and perhaps have added a page to their scrapbook of memories.
Varsity: Christian Fusco; Clarence Kwong (Aiden Jolibois), Liam Mitchell, Jake Armbruster (Chaitanya Jaikaria, Ryan Mitchell, Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor), Ryan Mitchell (Sean Kelly); Charles Yeboah (David Osei-Tutu, Nils Gungor, Connor Stoklosa), Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor (Jake Armbruster), Brandon Stolz (Shumpei Chosa, Long Pham); Andrew Arth (Alex Le), Andrew Miller (Bill Becker, Alex Le, Andrew Arth), Eric Yu (Brandon Stolz)
Shots: GS 10 + 11 = 21 ANC 2 + 3 = 5 Saves: GS 1 + 2 = 3 ANC 7 + 8 = 15 Corners: GS 4 + 1 = 5 ANC 0 + 0 = 0