Waldorf's Varsity Boys Soccer Team played another road game on Thursday, September 26th squaring up against Long Island Lutheran High School (LuHi). The game was a very hard fought match between two very strong IPPSAL teams. Playing on a turf field that is wider and longer than most in the IPPSAL league, the Waldorf boys brought a huge amount of energy and passion to the game. Both teams battled fiercely for possession and the game was very even throughout.
However, it was senior Peter Escribano who would first put his stamp on the game. About 8 minutes into the game, Escribano read a badly distributed ball by the LuHi goalkeeper and put himself in a great opportunity to score. With a keen eye and a bucket load of composure, Escribano slotted the ball around the goalie and into the bottom right of the goal. For the rest of the first half, Waldorf held their own defensively with phenomenal teamwork from senior Sam Resnick, junior Sheppard Somers, senior Axel Epie and standout freshman Peter Le Porin.
In the opening minutes of the second half, junior Daniel Marcias was fouled in the LuHi 18 yard box, giving the referees no choice but to award Waldorf a penalty. Junior Deepjot Singh Sohal stepped up and clinically slotted the ball into the back of LuHi’s net; however, the penalty was called "illegal" by the referees. So Singh Sohal had to step up again and LuHi’s goalkeeper was given a second opportunity to redeem his mishap. This second time around, Deepjot’s shot was just as well placed; however, the LuHi goalie guessed the right direction and deflected it wide around the post. With this surge of emotion, LuHi thundered forward and capitalized off a badly cleared ball by Waldorf making it 01-01.
The remainder of the game was neck and neck, with both teams having opportunities to take the win. With some great goalkeeping by sophomore Willie Strauss, Waldorf held on and finished the game a tie 01-01. Coach Flanagan was in no way disappointed with the result and had this to say: "Our boys showed great character in today’s game. Coming to LuHi and playing on this immense field, surrounded by a loud home crowd is never easy. A win would have been great; but I am happy that we showed we are not to be messed with and I am looking forward to having them play at Waldorf on October 11th."