Prep Soccer ranked tops in nation

Oct 12th, 2015 | By | Category: Athletics, soccer
Captain Chris Watts makes his move toward the goal against Kent School, Oct. 7. SKS won, 3-1. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Captain Chris Watts makes his move toward the goal against Kent School, Oct. 7. SKS won, 3-1. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Editor’s Note: 
The SKS Prep Soccer team won the Class B New England Championship on Sunday, Nov. 22 in a match against Lawrence Academy.

By Kyoung Hoon Kim, staff writer

The South Kent Prep Soccer team became the best team in the nation, following its series of games in Chicago. The team has a great record with 10 straight wins in a row this season.

The cross-town rivalry against Kent School was held Oct. 7 and South Kent was victorious, 3-1. Chris Watts scored two goals and Joao Burti scored one. Goalie Richard Glemawu tended the net the entire game.

The week previously, while in Chicago, SKS faced Lake Forest Academy and won, 3-1. When the team returned, Coach Owen Finberg told the school that the team was currently ranked first in the nation.

“The team is very balanced and deep,” Coach Finberg said. “We have quality players at all positions and a lot of competition within the squad for places in the first 11. I also think we have a good mix of returning guys and new players looking to prove themselves.”

“We have shown great ability to score goals so far this year, and get them from several different players. We will need to show that our ability to defend and shut teams out is just as strong as we play better opponents.” – Coach Owen Finberg

 

He highlighted several players who have made important contributions to the team.

“Alex Alexis has been very dynamic and dangerous going forward so far. Samir Fryatt has accepted his role and been very solid as our defensive midfielder,” Coach Finberg said. “I think tri-captains Detre Bell, Allen Martinez, and Chris Watts have all led by example and played well thus far.”

Goal scorers, Joao Burti and Chris Watts , react to the SKS win, 3-1, Oct. 7 against Kent School. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Goal scorers, Joao Burti and Chris Watts , react to the SKS win, 3-1, Oct. 7 against Kent School. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Detre said the team is strong this year and much of that is due to the bonds between the players.

“The team has improved from last year because our attacks are a lot better and they have a good chemistry,” Detre said.

“I try to motivate them before every game to get them pumped up to play at the best of our ability,” said Detre. “We don’t really have any important players because everybody is important to the team and everybody plays their role and does it well. “

The other two captains are Senior Chris Watts and Post-Graduate Allen Martinez. Chris said the team’s success is due to how they work together.

“Our teamwork and having faith in each other has helped us a lot so far. As a leader, I’ve tried to encourage the guys to continue to have fun but to make sure we’re always focused. Preparation is the key to success.”

New players have been blended into the team.

“So far I’ve been very impressed with the depth of our team. We feel very comfortable having younger guys play and they’ve been doing very well with taking their opportunities when they get on the field,” said Chris.

Chris named several important players this year.

“In my opinion, Samir (Fryatt) and Tyejae (Burchall) have been huge for us. Both of them have been great in our midfield and have great leadership as they are both returners.”

Coach Finberg is pleased about the skill level of the players.

“We have shown great ability to score goals so far this year, and get them from several different players. We will need to show that our ability to defend and shut teams out is just as strong as we play better opponents,” he said.

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