The boys varsity soccer team defeated Choate 3-0 on Wednesday, November 6, to improve its record to 10-3-4, with one game remaining in the regular season.
Hoping for a bounce-back game after a tough defeat by Taft last Saturday, this game against a stingy Choate team had massive post-season implications for the Pelicans, who are looking to secure a fourth consecutive trip to the New England Prep School Athletic Conference quarterfinals next week.
Loomis started the game in brilliant fashion, scoring the opening goal less than two minutes into the game when senior captain Akeim Clarke drove down the left side of the field and sent a lofted cross to the back post. Sophomore Oliver Martin connected with the ball on an acrobatic diving header that sent the ball past the Choate keeper.
With its quickest strike of the season, the Pelicans gathered a swell of energy that fueled 45 minutes of stellar attacking play. Although the terrific Choate goalie blocked several excellent Loomis Chaffee attempts on goal, Loomis doubled its lead before the halftime whistle when Clarke again broke free on the left side, this time slotting a left-footed shot inside the far post.
The second half was more evenly contested, and the backline of sophomores Alonzo Clarke and Peter Scharstein , junior Eamon Moylan, and senior captain Ben Casner stepped up on numerous occasions with timely tackles and headed clearances to help senior goalkeeper Jamis Fite earn a clean-sheet shutout.
Junior Jon Murphy eventually added a third goal for Loomis on a tap-in that was assisted by junior Lincoln Rybeck.
The Pelicans’ final regular-season game takes place at Kent on Saturday, November 9, at 2:30 p.m.