Varsity Boys Soccer 2019-2020 Season
George School vs George School Alumni—Sunday, September 1, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.
George School @ The Pennington School (Scrimmage)—Wednesday, September 4, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m.
George School @ Princeton Day School—Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 4:15 p.m.
George School opened the season with a 0-4 loss to a good Princeton Day School team on Tuesday. After spotting PDS a three-goal cushion at halftime, the boys' played the second half with better defensive discipline which helped to create some good GS scoring opportunities. Though we were not able to convert, the team's play was certainly encouraging. Tomorrow, it is back to the practice field to continue to work on our game as we prepare for back to back games this Friday and Saturday vs Peddie School and Conwell Egan.
George School vs Peddie School—Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 4:15 p.m.
George School vs Conwell-Egan Catholic High School—Saturday, September 14, 2019 @ 2:30 p.m.
George School @ Germantown Friends School—Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School traveled to Germantown Friends School for the first game of the league season. Germantown started quickly by forcing a GS turnover and then finishing the play with a quality strike in the first minute of the game, 0-1 GFS. That shock quickly woke the George School players up and although GFS had more scoring chances during the remainder of the half the score remained 0-1. GFS, the defending league champions, started the second half strongly but GS withstood all challenges until the sixty-five-minute mark. At that point, GS had committed more players forward in search of an equalizer, but instead, GFS played a ball over the top of the GS defense that found a streaking GFS striker who finished the breakaway in clinical fashion. GFS capped the scoring with under two minutes to go with a deftly touched shot off a corner kick that found the back of the GS net, 0-3 GFS.
While starting the league season with a 0-3 loss is not what we were hoping for, the players and coaches learned some lessons that should be helpful down the road. We have a young team and we are still learning to play together, but I was happy with the overall effort. That said, it doesn't get any easier as the team travels to Moorestown Friends School on Friday to face the Foxes.
George School @ Moorestown Friends School—Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
The George School boys' varsity soccer team traveled to Moorestown Friends School for a match on Friday. While the boys did some very good things during the game, as a team we continue to struggle to avoid giving up "soft" goals. Combine that with missed opportunities on the offensive end and the result was a 0-4 loss.
The team will get back to action on Tuesday in a crucial game vs Academy of the New Church. Game time is 4 pm @ George School.
George School vs Academy of the New Church—Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
Academy of the New Church visited George School on a beautiful fall day and went home with the victory. ANC opened the scoring from the penalty spot after the GS goalkeeper fouled an ANC player in the box. 0-1 ANC after thirteen minutes of play. GS roared back when Ryan Mitchell '22 slotted home a nice pass from Andrew Miller '22, 1-1. Three minutes later, ANC took advantage of a missed played ball at midfield by GS that created an ANC breakaway, 1-2 ANC. The score remained 1-2 in favor of ANC at halftime. Four minutes into the second half and ANC made 1-3 after some questionable marking led to an unmarked player with the ball inside the GS 18 yard box. To their credit, GS fought back to tie the game. First, Joey Chun '22 worked to get past his defender and then pushed the ball around the ANC keeper who fouled him for a penalty shot. Andrew Miller converted the PK and it was 2-3 ANC. A few minutes later, Emilio Pellegrini '22 scored his first goal as a George School player when he put home a lovely pass from Jack Norton '21. 3-3. The score remained 3-3 until GS committed another foul inside their own 18-yard box. ANC again stepped to the penalty spot and this time put home the game-winner.
No time to lament what might have been. It is back to practice on Wednesday in preparation for another home league game on Thursday, this time versus Friends' Central School.
George School vs Friends’ Central School—Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School vs The Hun School of Princeton—Tuesday, October 1, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
The Hun School of Princeton visited George School on an unseasonably warm day for the first of October. Hun started on the front foot by scoring two quick early goals by Jake Marcin and Levin Sanchez Willems before the six-minute mark. George School then worked hard to gain some composure, which they did. Then, just before halftime, Andrew Miller '22 scored off of an assist by Ryan Mitchell '22 to pull the Cougars back to within one at the half. Two minutes into the second half Nils Gungor '20scored for George School to tie the game at 2-2. Once again the goal scorer was assisted by Ryan Mitchell who placed a perfect cross into the box for Nils to head into the net. The score remained 2-2 until the thirty-two-minute mark when Ryan Mitchell assisted on his third goal of the game, this time Joey Chun '22 put the ball in to give George School a 3-2 lead. To their credit, Hun continued to work on an equalizer and with one-minute remaining in the game they were rewarded with the game-tying goal.
George School @ Shipley School—Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
The George School varsity soccer team traveled to Shipley School on Friday to take on the Gators. Nineteen minutes into the game Shipley received a very favorable and questionable call from the referees when they awarded a penalty shot on a George School defensive challenge along the end line/on the edge of the GS 18-yard box. Perhaps a league-mandated 3-person officiating crew would have been in a better position to make a more informed decision, but the 2-person officiating crew working the game, both of whom were at least 40 yards away from the action decided after consultation to award a PK for the home team. Shipley converted and the score was 1-0 Shipley. Undaunted, George School continued to play hard and in the thirty-third minute scored an equalizer when Bill Becker volleyed home a loose ball off a throw-in. The score remained 1-1 until halftime.
Both teams had chances to score in the early part of the second half but GS took the lead midway through the 2nd half on a goal by Nils Gungor. Nils received a pass from Ryan Mitchell, spun on the ball to beat his defender and then blasted a shot that the Shipley keeper got a hand to but was unable to stop from going in the net. 2-1 GS. Unfortunately, the lead lasted only one minute. With the ball in the GS defensive zone, a Shipley player tried to dribble past Ryan Bencivengo but was stopped with a strong tackle by Ryan. After the challenge, the ball went directly to #11 Savinson of Shipley in the middle of the field, 25-yards from goal. Savinson took one touch and then launched a knuckleball that beat the GS keeper. 2-2. Shipley took the lead for good after GS gave the ball away deep in their defensive zone to Shipley's #10 Fallon. Fallon struck a nice 20+ yard shot just inside the far post at the 37:12 mark of the second half to give Shipley the win.
George School @ Westtown School—Friday, October 11, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
The George School varsity boys' soccer team made their way to Westtown for a rare night game on Friday October 11th, 2019. Poor defensive coverage from the midfield to the backline allowed Westtown way too many quality scoring opportunities which they capitalized on. Still, it was a valuable experience for the young Cougars to play in front of 300+ hostile fans during Westtown's Parents Weekend.
A few bright spots for George School was the play of seniors Alex Amindji '20 and Javi Vidal '20, who along with junior Ryan Bencivengo '21, gave it everything they had and brought the type of physicality and toughness that is needed to compete against the top teams in our league.
George School @ Abington Friends School—Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
Scoreless at halftime, George School drew first blood at the 60-minute mark when Bill Becker was put in alone on the Abington goalkeeper by a great pass from teammate Ryan Mitchell. After receiving the pass, Bill took three strong yet controlled touches while running at full speed and then clinically finished with a shot to the far post. 1-0 George School. Abington responded by pushing an extra player forward and was rewarded with a turnover that ended up in the GS net. 1-1. That is how it ended after 80-minutes. On to overtime. GS had a few opportunities during the first half of overtime but were unable to score. With 5 minutes remaining in the second overtime, GS won a corner. Bill Becker took the corner and placed a beautiful ball on Andrew Miller's head by the AFS six-yard box. Andrew smashed the header into the Abington Friends net for the "Golden Goal" sudden death GS victory.
It was a total team effort with fine performances all around. Javi Vidal did a great job of winning the ariel battle, while Ryan Bencivengo, Safi Baadarani-Feeney and his brother Basem did an excellent job on the defensive backline. Ryan Mitchell was asked to play three different positions during the game and did a good job at each of them. Bill Becker, Alex Amindji, CJ Jaikaria, and Jack Norton all played well in midfield. Upfront, Nils Gungor, Joey Chen, Andrew Miller, Emilio Pellegrini, Denys Sharpylo, and Justin Liu all worked hard to create scoring chances. In goal, Christian Fusco was a steady and calming influence.
The win was George School's second in league play and with a win over Friends Select School on Friday the team would clinch home-field advantage during the Quaker Cup tournament.
George School @ The Hill School—Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 4:15 p.m.
George School vs Friends Select School—Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School vs George School Alumni—Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.
FSL Quaker Cup Semi-Finals (GS vs FSS)—Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 3:30 p.m.
Andrew Miller '22 scored the only goal of the first half on an unassisted effort in the 27th minute. 1-0 Gs at halftime. Javi Vidal '20 broke the game open with two goals in the first four minutes of the second half. Both of Javi's goals were assisted by Bill Becker '22. Ryan Mitchell '22 slotted the ball past the FSS keeper after a very good pass from Jack Norton '21. FSS struck back in the 31st minute to make it 4-2. Finally, Joey Chun '22 assisted on Weon Jae Lee's - Heung-Min Son inspired effort to cap the scoring for George School.
George School Varsity Boys' Soccer vs Friends Select School
FSL Quaker Cup Semi-Finals at George
Wed., Oct. 23
George School won 5-2
Halftime score – GS 1- FSS 0
GS Javi Vidal – 2 goals, Andrew Miller, Ryan Mitchell, Owen Lee
FSS Malachi Neal, Alec Kane
GS Goalie = Christian Fusco – 5 saves
FSS Goalie= TJ Hampton 7 saves
GS will play Abington Friends School on Friday, Oct. 25 at 3:30 at George School in the Quaker Cup Final.
George School @ FSL Play-in Game—Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 3:00 p.m.
Quaker Cup Final (GS vs AFS)—Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 3:30 p.m.
George School won the FSL Quaker Cup with a 2-1 victory over Abington Friends School. GS Senior, Nils Gungor (assisted by Ryan Mitchell) opened the scoring at the 12:20 mark of the opening half and the 1-0 lead stood until half time. The second half was pretty even with AFS threatening with a bunch of long throw-ins inside the GS box. GS stood strong with excellent play by Javi Vidal and Basem Baadarani-Feeney in central defense. Andrew Miller scored what would become the eventual game-winner in the 39th minute of the second half on an assist by CJ Jaikaria. AFS continued to fight and scored during injury time to set up a tense ending but GS held on for the win.
Goalkeeper Christian Fusco made 6 saves on 7 shots for GS.
George School @ FSL Semifinals—Saturday, October 26, 2019 @ 2:15 p.m.
George School @ The Hill School—Monday, October 28, 2019 @ 4:15 p.m.
The George School varsity boys' soccer team traveled to The Hill School on monday, October 28th, 2019 . The cougars played without midfielders Alex Amindji '20, CJ Jaikaria '22, and Jack Norton '22 and the Rams rolled to a 6-0 victory.
Bill Becker '22 played a great game for George School in midfield as did Javi Vidal '20 on defense. Ryan Bencivengo '21 gutted out a gritty and much-appreciated performance for the team.