Varsity boys’ soccer concludes tough season with loss in playoffs


Photo by Tyler Buzy

Senior Ty Coonin holds off a Damascus defender during the Oct. 20 senior night game.

After a slow start to the season, the boys’ varsity soccer team ended the regular season with a record of 3-7-3. After winning their first game they went on an eight-game drought from Sept, 16 to Oct. 17, but recovered with a win against Paint Branch.

In early September and late October, the varsity boys played a string of games that were close but went the other way. “We played many tough teams during the season like Whitman that was a very close game but ended at 3-2. We then played Walter Johnson, which was a tough game that ended in 2-2. Although we didn’t get the result we wanted, I’m proud of what we accomplished as a team,” sophomore Kasra Dokhaee said.

The week after the Walter Johnson game was against the school’s rival: Churchill. They played a good game against high-ranked Churchill but came out with a 1-0 loss. Around the time when the boys weren’t winning games they called upon sophomore Noah Friedman, who plays forward for junior varsity.

Before getting called up at the start of the season, Friedman had eight out of the 13 goals JV scored. This insane stat is the reason he was called up to represent varsity. “My first game with varsity was against BCC. They were a really good team and they simply outplayed us. They were tactically better and technically better as well. It was a rough game that showed us we needed to make some changes,” Friedman said.

On Oct. 21, the team played their last regular season game of the season, and it was a special time because it was senior night. In a fast-paced game, they tied Damascus 1-1. “We were able to play a great game for all the families who came to watch us seniors play our last soccer game at Wootton. Emotions were running high, but I was able to score on my senior night and it felt amazing. Being able to score on your senior night with all my family in the stands was a feeling like no other,” senior Matthew Serrano said.

Although senior night altogether was a success, they had bigger things to come: playoffs. Wootton drew Whitman as their first opponent. The team came into the game with high spirits but faced a devastating 3-0 loss. “Going out in the playoffs is always hard, but next year we will bounce back,” Dokhaee said.