Prep Soccer looks to crush biggest rival Berkshire

Nov 1st, 2017 | By | Category: Athletics

Today’s game should determine national champion

Compiled from Staff Reports

Prep Soccer practices late on Tuesday to get ready for today’s match against Berkshire. LMW photo

The 29 have shown tremendous effort – even this week they had early morning practices in the pouring rain – and today SKS will see the results of their preparation. The game is at 3 p.m. at home on Father’s Field.

SKS Prep Soccer is ranked number one and faces its toughest opponent, Berkshire School, ranked at number two. SKS with a 16-0 record is enjoying one of its most successful seasons. Berkshire has a 13-0-1 record.

Berkshire is very competitive in the NEPSAC league. There are a number of players that SKS should keep an eye on, according to AMG Commentator Sam Spagnolo.

Jacob Shaffleburg (No. 24), left mid and striker, who is a junior. There are two All Americans on the Berkshire squad, co-captains and seniors, Mo Omar (No. 11), a midfielder from Canada, and Ahria Simons (No. 5) from Bermuda. Mo Omar ’18 and Ahria Simons ’18.

“Omar is the number one player in New England, according to New England Soccer Journal,” Sam said.

South Kent’s Alex Adjetey was previously ranked as number one in the pre-season, Sam explained. Co-captains Payton Blynn and Vinnie Fernandes have been named as All Americans. They will play in a game Dec. 2 with the other players with this honor.

Goalie Hunter Kochiss is injured and not expected to play, Sam said. Goalie Eduardo Thome is expected to be in the net throughout the match. He has nine wins on the season, compared to Hunter’s seven wins.

“He has had three straight shutouts. He’s been great,” Sam said of Eduardo.

Payton has been out with an injury but said he is planning to play.

The 29 players on South Kent’s team have been looking forward to this rival match up.

Paul Coulibaly, a defender and midfielder, said that success rests on players working hard.

“The team needs to take our chances and limit our mistakes.,” Paul said.

Alex Adjetey, a forward, has no doubts that the team will win championship without being defeated.

Coach Finberg didn’t want to let up in any way in preparing for the game. This is why the practices were scheduled Sunday and Monday.

“Even though it was raining hard and we had an early morning practice, we had a good week of training. Every player worked hard and has prepared well,” Coach Finberg said.  

“We had a hard time to wake up early in the morning for the practice, but we believe this practice will improve our skills and brought us to victory,” said Vinnie Fernandes, one of the co-captains.

Because of the rankings of the two teams, this game could determine the national champions, Sam and Mr. Anthony Camardi explained.

Reporters Seho Chun, Kyoung Hoon Kim and Junhee Han contributed to this story.

 

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