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Boys soccer team beats St. Thomas Aquinas

Jaguars' increased intensity in the second-half results in a 2-0 win

Anna Owsley, JagWire reporter/photographer

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Working around the legs of an Aquinas player, senior Baith Abdullah tries to get the ball away. The soccer team won 2-0 against Aquinas on Tuesday Sep. 11. “Winning meant a lot, because they had a lot of corners and a lot of throw ins, where I had to challenge myself to get the ball in the air,” Abdullah said.

The boys soccer team won against St. Thomas Aquinas with a score of 2-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The slow first half of the game reflected the Jaguars’ poor performance against Aquinas in both season games last year that resulted in losses. 

Head coach Arlan Vomhof believed that the Jaguars needed to match Aquinas’ intensity to overcome their defense.

“[Aquinas] came out first half and they were really high pressure on us,” Vomhof said. “We weren’t as much so we changed that.”

At halftime, the team made a few changes to improve their performance against Aquinas. 

[In second half] we increased our pressure and our speed of play … we kind of moved the triangle [of players] around which gave us an opportunity to move stuff up above,” Vomhof said. “I would say number one [strength of the team] was we started to become a cohesive unit and played together.”

According to junior defender Riley Ferguson, a significant impact of the halftime pep talk was the development of teamwork that lead to the Jaguars’ success.

“We really bounced back. We had … not [been] able to play as a team, but we really came through, played as a unit and got the win,” said Ferguson.

These changes helped the offense to take possession and make progress. Junior forward Ian Carroll took the ball near the goal, and it fell into the possession of junior forward Wesley Sirivongxay. Sirvongxay made a pass to senior midfielder Jake Ashford who made the goal that gave the Jags the lead.

It felt amazing going up 1-0 against them,” Ashford said. “[Sirvongay] made a great run playing it across and I just tapped it in, but it felt great.”

The Jags extended to their lead to 2-0 when Carroll stole the ball and was able to get past defenders to score.

That was one of the best goals I think I’ve ever scored and it just felt so good against Aquinas,” Carroll said. “One of their players lost it at the top of our box and I made a run, passed about two players and then just slotted it in.”

After the second goal, the team maintained their intensity and finished off with a win. Ferguson hopes the win will give the team momentum going forward in the season.

This [game] was huge for us mentally, because last year we lost to them in state,” Ferguson said. “We were able to bounce back and we have a lot of confidence going forth.” 

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