After graduating eight seniors and returning just three players from last year's team, the varsity boys soccer team knew this season would be the start of a rebuilding process.
Just two years removed from a #1 ranking in VISAA Division II, the young Trojans team has battled through the first half of the season, but coming into Thursday's game at Stonebridge, the Trojans had yet to emerge victorious. At the start of September, the Trojans hosted the same Stonebridge team and were defeated 3-1. On Thursday afternoon, the Trojans traveled to Stonebridge looking to avenge their early season defeat.
In the first half of the game, possession was pretty even with both teams having chances, but unable to get the first goal on the board. In the second half, the Trojans started to gain confidence and take control of the game, consistently applying pressure to the Stonebridge defense, but with less than five minutes remaining, the score remained 0-0. After a late substitution back into the game, it was eighth grader Cooper Bailey that broke the tie, scoring his first career varsity goal to put the Trojans up 1-0 with two minutes to go in the game! The Trojans added a last second goal by Lukas Petrauskas '20 and emerged victorious by the score of 2-0! This game also marked the first career clean sheet for Trojans' Goalkeeper (and last week's AOTW) Luke Mowry '22!
This was the first win of the year for the Trojans, who have continued to improve throughout the season under first year Head Coach Eric Stauffer. However, they won't have long to celebrate their victory as they return to action Friday with a 6:30 p.m. game at Portsmouth Christian.