In a slow-paced game at home, the Cavs defeated the Buckingham Charter Knights, 2-0, after two late penalty kicks on Oct. 2.
The first half was back and forth. Both teams made runs at the other’s goal but neither succeeded. Sophomore Jayce McCain attributed the scoreless first half to poor play.
“We were evenly matched because they were playing well, and we were playing badly,” he said. “In the end I knew that we would score if we kept our pressure up.”
After an excruciatingly monotonous first half, the Cavs came out aggressively in the second. They pressured the Knights’ side of the field from the drop of the ball. After many shots on goal, the Cavs had their first real opportunity to score: a Buckingham defender slid into sophomore Theo Kaufman, resulting in a free kick.
“I got it,” said sophomore striker B.J. Askew, but Kaufman waved him off. After the referee blew the whistle, the crowd went silent as Kaufman lined up the shot. Seconds later, the crowd roared as the ball soared into the back of the net.
“It was an amazing feeling,” Kaufman said. “At first I thought the goalie had it, but after it went in, I went crazy.”
The Cavs didn’t let up on the pressure as freshman Ethan Hockridge was fouled inside the goalie box, awarding the Cavs a penalty kick.
This time, Askew took the kick and sailed the ball into the corner.
Both Kaufman and McCain said the Cavs need to improve on winning 50/50 balls.
The boys’ next game will be Monday, Oct. 5, against Cristo Rey at Granite Park.