By Nolan Sanders
Each year, the boys varsity soccer team commences the season with huge expectations to bring “Glory to the Hills” and add more banners in the gym to what is the most victorious team at Byram Hills. This year on homecoming the bobcats played their toughest game in their schedule, and unfortunately, a skilled Jericho team came out on top.
The game started with a scrappy Jericho goal that just got past senior goalie, Andrew Fishman within the first minute. The early goal appeared to take the energy out of the bobcats who struggled to get past a stout Jericho defense that seemed to have no weaknesses. Although Byram was losing, they remained solid on defense, and even got a couple opportunities with throw in’s or corner kicks.
Senior Captain Max Hammond adds, “I thought that we played hard and that our minds were really focused on winning the game. But, unfortunately, we were too caught up in the fan section to actually play our soccer. We want to use the homecoming game as a turning point for our team to motivate us and push us back in the right direction.”
Jericho capped off the first half with another goal that many on the Byram sideline thought should have been called off due to interference with the goalie, but after much pleading with the referee, the bobcats had to move on.
During the second half, Byram continued to try to generate offensive opportunities. They did not find luck at net, falling short to Jericho with a final score of 2-0. Senior Jonathan Freedman notes that “It was a tough game, playing a good team on their brand of field. But, if anything we at least played better as the game went on. Junior Eason Bayley’s save was a big moment for us, and I think, overall, the game was an important learning experience going forward. I think it humbled us and showed us that nothing’s given. We definitely don’t intend to lose another at home.”
In fact, today, the bobcats beat Pelham 2-0, with a goal from Senior Max Matza and Jonathan Freedman, demonstrating that they are already back on track for success. Good luck boys!