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Boys Soar Through CIF

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Kelly Bicket

The boys soccer team has been quite busy this year winning preseason matches.After losing in the second round of CIF last year, the boys bounced back quickly by beating Villanova Prep with a hat trick and two assists from junior Ethan Tyng. According to coach Gof Boyoko, “Fatta Koroma scored a pair of goals and was a constant threat to Villanova’s defense.”

The Owls continue to impress and pulled a 2-1 victory in a thrilling match against rival Cate. At half time the Owls were down 1-0, but they came back in the second half. The team tied the game with a through ball from freshman Suliaman Bah to Tyng, who chipped the ball over the goalie’s head. The pair matched up again to score the game winner.

The Owls went 6-0 in preseason. In the Condor League, the team beat Ojai Valley, Midland, and Oak Grove with ease; however, the boys suffered their first tie of the season against Dunn.

The boys were losing 2-0 by the end of the first quarter. With determination, sophomore Josh Baron put one on the board; however, the Earwigs responded with another goal, making it 3-1. Baron added another goal, trying to get the Owls to tie the score, but again, the Owls fell behind by two after another goal from the Earwigs. Finally, in the last momements of the game, Tyng scored on a break away and a nerve-racking penalty kick to tie the score 4-4.

The boys gained great experience and will build on what they have learned. Junior Alex Furukawa said about the season, “It’s going good, but nothing matters until CIF. It’s great that we beat Cate, but I wish we could have beat Dunn, but we always have next year.” However, the Owl’s undefeated record came to a halt after falling short against Dunn 3-1 when they traveled up to Santa Ynez. So the team ended up taking second place in League, with an overall record of  9-1-1 and 3-1 in the Condor League. They won their two first CIF games, 10-1 and 2-1.

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