Despite Being Shorthanded, Boys Soccer Defeats Hoban
Joey Randazzo

This was a very good performance and it gave the boys confidence for the upcoming games.

 

On September 13, the WRA Varsity Boys Soccer team traveled to Akron for a game under the lights at Dowed Field against the Knights of Archbishop Hoban HS. The team was excited to have goalie Anthony Grguric ‘23 back on the active roster. He was cleared to play after recovering from hand surgery this summer.

Sophomore Caydence Robinson started in goal during the first half and did not have much work during his shift. The game was mostly played in Hoban’s half, and the Pioneers took a 2:0 lead in the first 40 minutes of the game. Jayden Gaynor ‘23 scored twice, assisted by Pedro Lyra ‘ 23 for the first goal and by Chris Philibin ‘23 for the second. The Pioneers were in control of the game despite the fact that they had only 10 field players available. The referee gave a much disputed red card in the 10th minute, which fortunately did not affect the outcome of the match. The Knights made some tactical changes in the second half to deal with the constantly attacking Pioneers and to create some chances for themselves. Keeper Grguric entered a match for the first time this season in the second half and kept the Pioneers out of trouble. WRA had a few more opportunities to extend the lead, but two goals were not given because of offside calls by the linesmen, as well as a few shots went wide. This was a very good performance and it gave the boys confidence for the upcoming games.