Boys Varsity Soccer Shows Resiliency Against a Talented Taft Team
On a cloudy and chilly Wednesday afternoon in Watertown, CT, the DA boys varsity soccer team suffered their first defeat of the season to a very talented Taft team. The Big Green got on the board first with an early goal coming from the penalty spot off the foot of George Fair ’17 who notched his 7th goal of the season. Fair has now scored in each of the team’s first five games and is off to an incredible start in his senior season.
Despite the early goal, DA squandered the lead as Taft responded quickly with a goal of their own, coming from a header off of a dangerous free kick on the side of the 18-yard box. Things got worse quickly as captain Brian Davis ’17 was shown a red card with 70 minutes left to play in the game. Despite having to play with ten men for the remainder of the game, the team fought hard to stay in the game and went into the half down 3-1.
Early in the second half Fair ’17 was awarded another penalty kick but the Taft keeper was up to the task and made a big save and covered up the ensuing rebound, denying the Big Green’s attempt to get back in the game. In an effort to push forward, DA moved a defender up into the midfield, leaving only three in the backline. This led to a number of scoring opportunities but the Taft keeper would not make a mistake on the day. Taft would earn another penalty of their own after a player was taken down from behind, making that four penalties on the day. The game would end 5-1 in favor of Taft. The coaches are very proud of the effort the Big Green showed throughout the entirety of the match, despite playing a man down for three quarters of it. The team will look to rebound on Saturday as we welcome Kent for a game at 4:15 PM for only the second time the boys varsity soccer team will play at home this season.