As we near the end of the regular season, here are some remarks from just a few of the squads who have emerged as strong late-season contenders…
What else can be said about the New H soccer team except that we are undefeated thus far? Will your team be the one to break the streak? Beware Section H is looking to prove that we have athletic talent.
Old B: Go Beasts!
B – Beautiful game – we just happen to have more talent than Barcelona.
E – Even balance of quick attack, control in midfield, and defensive heart.
A – Anderson, as in Katy. BEST. DEFENDER. EVER.
S – Sleeper pick of this year’s indoor season with a HBS best 4-0 record in divisional play.
T – Title contenders for this year’s SA Cup after stellar performances thus far in flag football, volleyball and table tennis.
S – Savior in goal, Matt Zarider – easily the best player in the league.
After going winless a year ago, Old H are finally living up to their potential as a force to be reckoned with on the soccer pitch. Although their season began with a drubbing by OA, the defeat served as a wakeup call for their subsequent matchups against OJ and OC, and a string of fine wins have OH making a push for the playoffs.
Against OJ, Rohan “the Fox in the Box” Gopaldas opened up the scoring for OH, while Stephen “Meola” Menaquale pulled off a string of fine saves to keep out Oli Johnson and Chris Harrison from short range and keep the score close throughout the first half. Old H came alive in the second half as the central battery of Fred “the Greater Dane” Nellemann, Humberto “the Porto Puzzler” Pereira and Alexander “Talks Like Posh, Plays Like Sporty” Vavalidis dominated midfield play. The duo of Omolara “Super Eagle” Sofola-Martins and Emily “I’m Here for the Exercise” Stapleton exhibited great work rate and passing, while Scott Fruhan proved that the only thing more mercurial than his facial hair is his goal scoring prowess by pulling OH to within one goal with less than a minute remaining. However, it was a stunning last gasp effort by Rawen “Crouching Striker” Huang from an impossible angle that forced a sudden death overtime. With all the momentum swinging in their favor, it’s not surprise that OH quickly snatched up its first win as Vavalidis coolly slotted home from ten yards out to cement a 8-7 come-from-behind victory. OH followed up two days later with a comfortable 9-6 victory over OC, and now looks forward to extending its win streak against an OG team that’s far more dangerous than its current record lets on.
Aldi Haryopratomo and Gil Addo are league coordinators for IM Soccer and Co-Captains of the HBS Soccer Club.