Having come off an unbeaten streak of 7 games, Waldorf's Varsity Boys Soccer Team saw themselves on top of their league and crowned the regular season champions of the IPPSAL Varsity Boys Soccer league. With this top seed, Waldorf was set to play against Our Savior New America at home on Wednesday, October 23rd at 4:00pm.
The game started off one sided with Waldorf dominating play and going up 01-00 over what seemed like a very flat and worn out OSNA side. Junior Deepjot Singh Sohal made the goal when he anticipated a bouncing ball in the box and keenly chipped the ball over the goalkeepers grasp and into the back of the net.
In the last 10 minutes of the first half, OSNA began to come to life and scored off a set piece and tied the game at 01-01. Sophomoe William Strauss did his best to handle the ball but it was struck with a lot of power and spin. Waldorf refused to be beaten before the half time mark though. Junior Daniel Macias made a great run down the left wing, beat his defender and crossed the ball into the box where senior co-captain Peter Escribano made a great run diagonally towards the ball and headed it home to put Waldorf up 02-01. It was a great play and very intelligent soccer from both Macias and Escribano.
The second half started off at just as high a pace as the first half ended. With both teams battling hard for possession, OSNA capitalized after 10 minutes off a keen play that made the game 02-02. Waldorf kept the pressure on and came close to taking the lead on a number of opportunities. Both teams were fighting back and forth; however, to the bitter disappointed of all the Waldorf players and fans, it was OSNA who scored the winning goal with just 2 minutes left in the game.
The game ended 02-03 in OSNA’a favor. "The team put on a great performance," said Coach Flanagan. "However, we were narrowily topped by a strong and formidable foe. Still, I am extremely proud of our character in today's game. We never gave up throughout the whole game and even though we did not get the result we would have liked, we can walk off the field with our heads held high on such a great game and season."