The boys varsity soccer team posted a 3-1 victory over High Mowing School on Saturday, October 5, in on a perfect early fall afternoon for soccer.
Loomis entered the match focused on renewing its commitment to good team defense and to playing with togetherness in all phases of the game. Proof of some early success came in the halftime statistic that Loomis had yet to concede a shot on goal — the first time this season that the team has achieved this stat.
Despite creating a few chances through excellent play on both wings, the Pelicans were themselves scoreless at the half. In the second frame of the game, however, the Loomis team began to come together as they raised the level and found more opportunities to get forward.
Senior Akeim Clarke finally broke the stalemate when he collected a back-post header from junior Eamon Moylan and volleyed it into the far post. The scoring play began with a corner kick from sophomore Will Cleary.
Shortly afterwards, the Pelicans earned their second goal when a brilliant cross from streaking junior Jack Anderson found fellow junior Lincoln Rybeck, who beat his defender and wrapped the ball inside the far post.
Minutes later another Cleary corner kick found open sophomore Alonzo Clarke on the back post, and Clarke headed the ball with one touch straight past the High Mowing keeper.
All in all, Loomis played arguably its best soccer of the season, said coach Tim Helfrich ’96, earning a decisive 3-1 victory after conceding a free kick goal late in the game.
Loomis takes to the road on Wednesday, October 9, to battle with Salisbury at 3:30 p.m., then plays at home on Saturday, October 12, against Williston at 3:30 p.m.