The St. Andrew's College 1st Team travelled to Lake Placid, NY over the weekend and impressed the group of NCAA coaches on hand, and definitely put SAC Soccer on the North American soccer map with their performances.
On Saturday, the Saints had their hands full against the U19 group from Northwood School, where they run a full-time residential soccer program in partnership with BlackRock FC. The SAC group were nearly two years younger at almost every position on the park and ended up dropping a hard-fought 5-0 decision.
The loss was a good lesson in what was going to be required of the Saints on Sunday, and the young men responded well.
With their best 90-minute performance of the season, the SAC squad played with purpose, plenty of possession and missed a trio of scoring opportunities in the second half in a tight 3-2 loss to the Northwood U18s.
SAC opened the scoring in the 18th-minute through senior Bryce Neil ’20 and, after a pair of Northwood goals, knotted the game at two with Eduardo Kuri’s ‘23 56th-minute strike. Both goals were the outcome of a full match of creativity from Ali Abubakar Gharib ’22, who also just missed a pair glorious scoring opportunities late in the game.
Sunday saw a solid effort from all 15 players that travelled, which included outstanding individual performances up the middle from captain and centre back Chris Marton ’20 and holding midfielder Owen Bradbury ’22.
Next up for the Saints is a CISAA quarterfinal at home to St. Michael’s College on Wednesday.
Wed. Oct 30 vs St. Michael’s College (CISAA Quarterfinal), 2 p.m. on Yuill Field
Fri. Nov 1 @ Upper Canada College (CISAA Semi-final), 3 p.m. (TBD: Pending a quarterfinal win on Wednesday)
Story by Adrian Bradbury, SAC Soccer