Donna Fedele, Head Coach
Scott Wight, Assistant
On Friday, the Cardigan Reserve Soccer Team faced off against Indian River and the game started very evenly matched. The first half was played mostly between the 18’s with only a few shots on goal for each team. Evan Mann ‘21 did a great job clearing for the Cougars and not allowing any shot opportunities. The few shots that were taken were nicely saved by Blake Hodges ‘22.
In the second half, the Cougars did a much better job with their spacing and opened the half with a goal from Diego Villareal ‘21, who played aggressively in the box to follow up on a rebound from his own shot off the goalie’s hands, to secure the goal. Indian River returned with their own goal within a couple minutes and the game was tied 1-1. For the remainder of the game, the Cougars placed pressure on Indian River and, with determination and team play, kept the ball in their offensive half. There were lots of shots on goal including a solid shot from Max Garland ‘22 from the top of the 18 and one from the top of the box by Darius Yarborough ‘23. In the end it was Villareal ‘21 again who put the winning goal in the net, off of a perfectly placed assist from Yarborough. Much thanks to all the Fourth’s players who have helped Reserves field teams for their games and the team is super pumped to combine forces for our last competition of the season at the Jamboree!
On a beautiful Family Weekend, Cardigan’s Reserve Soccer Team faced off against a talented Indian River team and though the Cougars played well and had excellent support from the crowd, Cardigan lost 4-0. The beginning of the first half the Cougars played aggressively and made a couple runs into the opposing 18, but as the half wore on, Indian River was able to capitalize on well worked passing and took some great shots, 3 of which went in.
The second half, the Cougars were determined to hold the scoring and there was terrific defense from Stephen Chen ‘23, Madison Tian ‘22, Evan Mann ‘21 and Asher Frankel ‘23. Indian River placed one more shot in the net, but it was a much more solid effort and Blake Hodges ‘22 made some terrific saves to keep the second half much more even.
On Saturday afternoon, The Cougar Reserve Soccer Team took to the pitch, matching up against Windsor in their second game of the season. Early in the first half, the majority of action occurred in the middle of the field, with neither team generating any scoring opportunities. Late in the first half, Diego Villareal ‘21 nearly put the Cougars on the board, tracking down a through ball and sending it on goal, only to be saved by the Windsor keeper. Alex Chen ‘22 also generated an opportunity off of a full-field counter-attack but was unable to convert on a long shot from outside the box. The Cougar's defense, anchored by Colin Leach ’22, Madison Tian ‘22, Stephen Chen ‘23, and Evan Mann ‘21, was solid in the first half, halting a number of dangerous developments just outside the box. Their most impressive feat came late in the first half on a Windsor free-kick from just outside the box. The Cougars formed an intimidating wall on the penalty stripe and, with courage in their hearts, lept as a unit and successfully blocked the shot attempt.
In the second half, the game opened up with each team having a number of scoring chances. The Cougars nearly conceded a goal on a Windsor shot from just inside the 18, but the goalkeeper Blake Hodges ‘22 kept the ball out of the net with a sprawling effort. Hodges was tremendous all game, thwarting countless breakaways, and scoring chances for Windsor. Late in the game, A. Chen nearly connected on a breakaway, but was denied by a great effort from the Windsor goalkeeper. Alex Wang ‘23 and Beau Macarthur ‘22 were instrumental in the midfield and contributed to a number of counter-attack opportunities for the Cougars. With the game tied at the end of regulation, the outcome went to penalty kicks. The Cougars were unable to convert their penalty kicks and lost in the penalty shootout, despite a great effort from goalkeeper, Hodges.
Reserve Soccer had their first match of the season this past Saturday against Eaglebrook at home for Eaglebrook Day. The Cougars were a mix of nerves and excitement heading onto the field and were determined to do their part for the Cardigan Cougars in defeating their rivals. Most of the first half was played between the 18's with few shots on either goal. The few shots from Cardigan came from a great give and go between Connor LeRoy ‘23 and Tanner Hetherington ‘23. The defense of Evan Mann ‘21, Madison Tian ‘22, Stephen Chen ‘23, and Collin Leach ‘22 was crucial to keeping the first half scoreless. Tian, in particular, made some sideline clears that got the Cougars out of a dangerous numbers-down situation in the box. Heading into halftime both teams remained scoreless.
The second half both teams came out with a little more fire and this time the goalies were having to work hard. Blake Hodges ‘22 had two incredible saves: one jumping to full extension to catch the ball over his head and one diving to the ground to his left, both of which he completely robbed Eaglebrook of a goal. Chen continued to play excellent defense and when Hodges lost the ball on the ground in a scramble, Chen had his back on the goal line, saving and clearing the ball. With the tenacious defense and Eaglebrook pushing more of their players up the field to try and score, the Cougars were able to take advantage and win some numbers up situations. Justin Gong ‘23 won a ball and pushed it past the last defender, scoring a goal with ten minutes left in the game. Eaglebrook was determined to tie it up, but with 3 minutes left LeRoy kicked a beautiful free-kick into the box that was shot in from the right by Hetherington. That play was started by a clear from the back by Tian. The victory felt great and the boys are looking forward to their next competition.