The Varsity Boys Soccer Team huddles on the pitch before the game begins. They beat Immaculata-La Salle High School during the fourth match of the season yesterday. They huddled before the match so that the leaders of the team motivated everyone to perform at their best. Their next game is against Westminster Christian on Nov. 28.
The Varsity Boys Soccer Team huddles on the pitch before the game begins. They beat Immaculata-La Salle High School during the fourth match of the season yesterday. They huddled before the match so that the leaders of the team motivated everyone to perform at their best. Their next game is against Westminster Christian on Nov. 28.
Eduardo Kingston

Varsity Boys Soccer Team Beats La Salle at Home Game

Varsity Boys Soccer Team put on a dominant performance as they beat Immaculata-La Salle High School 2-0 at the Sean Taylor ’01 Memorial Field on Friday.

The game started with the Raiders having possession of the ball for most of the time. Even though no goals were scored in the first half, La Salle’s goalkeeper received a blue card, causing him to be suspended from the game and replaced by a substitute player. The second half was when the action started: junior Taro Ochi opened the score card with a beautiful top right corner finish at the 62 minute mark, causing the Raiders to get a 1-0 lead.

“The goal was really important to the team because it shifted the momentum towards us and it allowed us to keep our winning streak alive,” said Ochi.

Five minutes after Ochi’s goal, senior and vice-captain, Tomas Sciarra, shot a ball at the goalie. The goalie rebounded the ball while leaving an opening for Sciarria to score, giving the Raiders their second goal at the 67 minute mark. 

Vice captain, senior Tomas Sciarra, runs on the pitch, communicating with a teammate. He scored the Raiders second goal against La Salle. 67 minutes into the game, his goal settled the team’s victory and kept the unbeaten record alive. Sciarra is the team’s leading topscorer alongside senior Cosme Salas with 3 goals. (Eduardo Kingston)

“My goal was very lucky, I should’ve worked harder for it, but it is what it is. I’m happy I contributed with the win,” Sciarra said.

According to Scarria, he is excited about the current 4-0 unbeaten record the Raiders hold this season, and hopes to win states without losing a single game, getting to states with a 26-0 unbeaten record.

The game was originally supposed to occur a day earlier at La Salle, however, due to bad weather, the game had to be postponed and it was rescheduled for the next day at the Upper School.

“In any sporting event we have to adjust to the weather, especially in South Florida. We were lucky enough to even get the game to be moved to the very next day. The weather took a toll on these guys but they delivered, 2-0, a clean sheet, a great win,” said Assistant Coach Federico Mor-Tatis.

The Raiders are back on the pitch Nov. 28 at 3:30pm, where they will face Westminster Christian School and hope to keep their 4-0 winning streak alive.

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