Boys Soccer Finishes Season with Tough Loss But Feel Good About the Seasonal Improvement
by Wolfgang Sonne
On Tuesday November 3rd the Walkersville Lions concluded their 2015 boys varsity soccer season with a 1-0 loss against the Middletown Knights.
The team finished their regular season at 5-9 and won their first home playoff game against the defeated Catoctin Cougars to advance into the second round. The Lions went on the road to Middletown to face the heavily favored 10-2-3 Knights.
The game started off slowly with very little offense throughout the first half. Then approaching the 40th minute the pace picked up with Middletown going on the offensive and getting a few shots on goal against star goalie Alex Moore to end the half.
To start the second half the slow pace continued until the last ten minutes when Middletown pushed the Walkersville defense back in their own territory to eventually get a game winning goal with five minutes left in regulation.
Walkersville couldn’t seem to get any offense generated against the Middletown defense who has been very good all year.
Senior Abdou Salifou said, “It was definitely a great season with these guys; we learned so much during the season and grew a lot as a team. We played a great game and played our hardest; it just wasn’t enough to reach our end goal.”
The Lions were heading into this game on a three game winning streak with a lot of confidence throughout the entire team. In their previous three match-ups the Lions outscored opponents 8-3.
Senior Alex Moore said, “I feel the season as a whole was a success; every player grew as an individual and delivered what was needed to help the team build progressively throughout the season. I personally can say that of my four years on varsity this was by far my favorite. I didn’t think of these guys as my soccer team but rather as a family.”
Senior Junior Soler said, “We played to the best of our ability but just couldn’t get the job done to advance. We had a great season and gave our all in every single game.”