This past Friday the boys soccer team suffered a tough loss against the Carlmont Scots in a grueling 1-0 match. 

The Bears started the game with a good through ball from sophomore Noah De Haaff.

The Bears kept attacking with a few more balls played in behind Carlmont’s back line creating chances for the Bears. 

However, despite M-A’s early attacking prowess, a free kick for the Scots ended up in the back of the net after a very unfortunate deflection off the post and then off the outstretched leg of De Haaff. 

The Bears struggled to find the back of the net or create chances all afternoon, but they kept their fighting spirit and continued to press Carlmont in their half of the field. 

The halftime whistle blew and the Bears went to the bench to talk and try to find a new strategy. 

The second half started with some surprising substitutions from Head Coach Leo Krupnik, trying to mix up the rotation in order to find some offense. 

Team gets warm during pre-game

The Bears denied the Carlmont attack repeatedly while they continued their search for an equalizer. 

The breakthrough almost came for M-A with 22 minutes remaining but the Scots’ goalie came up with an incredible save to retain their lead. 

Carlmont’s striker missed a massive chance to close out the game with 8 minutes left as well, after junior Bears goalkeeper Chase Trigg forced him to miss the target in a one vs one. 

The last few minutes were dominated by the Bears, narrowly missing big chances with five and three minutes left in the match. An offsides call by the refs ultimately stopped the Bears’ final chance. 

While the Bears’ effort to find an equalizer was unsuccessful, they never gave up. 

Freshman Nicolas Reyes said, “We were unhappy with the result, but we are keeping our heads up and getting ready for our next game.”

Junior Cameron Leung said, “It was a tough night for us but we will bounce back, and continue to improve during practice. If we can be a little more connected in the attack we will be able to win some upcoming games.”

Lastly, De Haaff stated, “It was a tough loss, but I’m happy that the team never gave up, and kept fighting to find an equalizer, if a couple of balls bounce our way we win that game, that’s just how it goes sometimes.”

The boys return to the field on Wednesday at Woodside at 4:30 p.m.

Michael Roman is a junior at M-A this year and this is his first year in journalism. He enjoys writing about sports. In his free time, Michael likes to play soccer, surf, and mountain bike.

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