Final sport recap: Boys soccer

Recovering from a 2–1 loss to Hopewell Valley earlier in the season, the boys soccer team showed its ability to bounce back through its 3–0 sectional tournament win.

After the October disappointment to Hopewell, the boys were more determined than ever. They knew that modifications had to be made to the dynamic on the field if they wanted to rank well in the state tournament. “We made a few changes—namely putting Chase [Ealy ’15] at forward, which helped a lot as he scored two goals,” said Renaud Mialhe ’14.

With the loss of so many valuable seniors last year, many underclassmen were brought up to play with varsity. “With such a young team we were not sure what to expect,” said Mialhe. Fortunately, the two starting freshmen and the largely sophomore-based defense turned out to be valuable assets to the team.

After defeating Hopewell Valley, the team played the first-seeded Allentown in the semifinals. Allentown had beaten Princeton 3–2 in the first game of the season, and Princeton was seeded fourth in the tournament, so Co-Captain John Blair ’14 knew the game was going to be a “huge test” for this team, but believed the boys had the potential to win.

After a close 1–0 loss to Allentown, the boys concluded their season. Despite falling short of last years’ standards, they believe the future looks bright. “Our team will have a lot of experience [playing together],” said Nick Halliday ’16. The boys hope that by keeping the lineup a bit more consistent next year, they can have another run at the state tournament.