The Frederica Academy Boys Soccer season is underway. This season has undoubtedly turned out to be exciting. Last week the team stepped out onto the field to face Risley Middle School. The pressure was at an all-time high, recognizing the fact that this team had beaten the boys team last year. However, this concern only strengthened our players' resolve to perform at their highest level. When the whistle began, the boys were confident and calm. They passed the ball around the field spreading out their opponents and making access to the goal possible. With the help of his selfless teammates, Jaylen Baldwin used his speed and placed a beautiful goal in the back of the net ending the first half 1-0. As the second half began, Sal Vinci, Davis Durkin, Luke Smith, and Cannon Schlegel drove the ball forward and pushed their defense back. This allowed Jaylen Baldwin and Luke Sarzier to score two additional goals in the last ten minutes making the final score 3-0. What a way to begin the FA Middle School Soccer season. Congratulations boys!
Frederica Academy played its second game on Wednesday against St. Marys Middle School. St. Marys is always a challenge, and the boys came out ready to play. The first half of the game was primarily played on their end of the field. Numerous shots were made, but none of them were able to penetrate the goal. Johnny McQuade and Liam Beverly were amazing at defense placing the ball forward for the offense. Keeper, Case Mitchell, had a beautiful save in the second half. Case Mitchell is clearly a player who handles pressure well. However, with an unfortunate call in the box, the St. Marys team received a free kick and ended the game 0-1.
The Middle School Boys Soccer team was at it again Monday night. The FA boys faced St. Francis at Lanier Stadium. Tensions were high as the boys hoped to outshine their opponents. The FA Knights had clear possession of the ball for most of the game but back and forth the ball went seemingly determined not to find the back of the net. Jacob Gordon and Nik Reinshagen had a big night forcing the ball up and over their defensive players. With speed on our side, Jaylen Baldwin once again used his talent, taking their defense by surprise, and beautifully placed a ball in the back of the net. In order to secure the win, after a corner kick from Luke Smith, Jack Tronolone booted the ball into the goal to make for a 2-0 win over the Crusaders.
On Wednesday, the FA boys stepped onto the field and faced off against Needwood. Frederica Academy dominated the first of the game; however, no one on the team was able to get many shots on their keeper. FA ended the first half tied. The second half proved even more difficult. However, numerous times the boys came together and supported each other with their hustle and determination. My favorite part of being on the sideline is watching players run back to support their teammates. Davis Durkin, Sal Vinci, Jacob Gordon, and Luke Sarzier were essential in supporting the success of the team. Frederica Academy held off Needwood ending the game 0-0.
Coach Jill Smith