Boys soccer loses to Blair in regional semifinal


Junior J.J. Van Der Merwe controls the ball against B-CC.

By By Zoe Forster, Business Manager


The boys soccer team ended its season against Northwest Nov. 3 in the regional semifinals at Montgomery Blair, losing the game 0-1 in overtime.


Northwest used a set play on a corner kick to score the game-winning goal.


“Overall, while it hurts to lose, we were pleased with our accomplishments given our low expectations,” coach Arnold Tarzy said.


Before losing to Northwest, the Bulldogs defeated Wootton Nov. 1 at Wootton in the regional quarterfinals, winning the game 1-0.


Eight minutes into the second half, junior Matt Kramer scored the winning goal off of a free kick taken by Muessle.


The boys also defeated B-CC 2-1 Oct. 27 at home in the first round of playoffs.


In the first half, B-CC scored the first goal off of a corner kick in the twelfth minute of the game. With four minutes remaining in the half, Muessle received a pass from sophomore Nolan Purnell. Muessle dribbled past a few defenders before placing the ball in the far corner of the goal, tying the game 1-1. With seconds remaining in the first half, Purnell scored the final goal of the game assisted by junior Peter Giavatto.


According to Muessle, the team worked hard to keep the lead in the second half with some great saves from senior goalie Eli Lorenzi.


The team is looking forward to next season and hopes to be competitive.


“Next year’s team will be really good,” Muessle said. “We only graduated five seniors and had many underclassman that started or played this year. I think we will be a contender for the state title.”