After ending last season with the record of 8-6-1 and a loss to Quince Orchard, the boy’s varsity soccer team hoped to start the new season better.
The boys’ first match of the season was at Poolesville on Sept. 7. The defense did not allow any goals and they were able to find the back of the net three times. The first goal was by sophomore striker Alek Wroblewski assisted by senior midfielder Hoyean Le. The second goal was by senior Nikhi Youssef and the third goal was an own goal by the Falcons. The Patriots cruised to a victory, 3-0, starting the season with the win they wanted. “It’s always great to start the season with a win,” senior defender Josh Messitte said.
The team had its first home game against the Woodrow Wilson Tigers on Sept. 11. The defense let in two goals and the offense was not able to score in the first half. The boys aimed for a comeback in the second half but were not able to find the their rhythm and could not score. The boys were shutout 3-0. “It’s always hard getting shut out and we need to bounce back from this loss,” junior midfielder Justin Dasuki said.
The Patriots then traveled to play division rival Churchill Bulldogs. The Bulldogs scored first and the boys scored to tie the Bulldogs, but the goal was called back due to offsides against the Patriots. The boys could not find their rhythm on defense and let the Bulldogs score again, thus getting shut out for the second time this season. The team lost 2-0, with a record of 1-2.
The team was invited to play at an invitational tournament on Sept.16. The Patriots had a doubleheader and first played Westminster and had a great game, only allowing one goal but scoring four. Two of the four goals came from sophomore striker Jonathan Camberos, who scored a goal off of a penalty. Senior midfielder Karl Scherf scored his first goal of the season and Wroblewski had his second goal of the season.
The second game was against Bullis Bulldogs. Sophomore Andy Ram scored a goal and Scherf scored again in the tournament. The Bulldogs were able to score three times but even though the boys put up a good fight, they came up short of the win.