September 30th: WNA 9- Chapelgate 0
WNA Boy’s Varsity went into the match against Chapelgate refreshed after an entire week of practices and no game. Due to the distance of travel the beginning of the match was somewhat flat but the team started to find their legs after about 15 minutes. Despite a number of big missed chances, I.Buenacasa ’24 finally put two very well taken goals into the back of the net. This loosened up the team and the next seven goals were scored by WNA as we pushed on to victory. The other seven goals were scored by G.Aghanya ’23 (x2), L.Kabaliisa ’23 (x3), I.Campusano ’23 (x1), and an own goal. It proved a good tune up for what will be a massive week next week against Tome, Avon Grove, and FCA. The win kept WNA undefeated and improved to 9-0 on the season.
September 23rd: WNA 9- DVCS 1
Our match against Delaware Valley Classical Titans was a success. Perhaps most successful was that every active member of the team was able to get a fair amount of minutes in the match. Every player, of every experience level proved match ready and determined to prove their worthiness of more minutes in the future. There were a wide array of different goal scorers. R.Lopez ’23 scored twice from a defensive position. L.Kabalisa ’23 and E.Graziosi ’24 also had two goals a piece. I.Buenacasa ’24 and M.Fernandez ’23 each had one of their own. The best of the day was G.Palma-Valdez ’23 scoring his first goal of the season which the entire team enjoyed greatly. We carry our unbeaten run into next week.
September 22nd: WNA 5- Jemicy 1
WNA Boys soccer came up against a new opponent today in Jemicy. We entered the match off the back of a key win against rivals FCA. With a need for rotation as well, total focus was required to ensure that our unbeaten start to the season was maintained. After a tricky opening we were finally able to take the lead towards the end of the first half when I.Buenacasa ’24 put a second chance rebound in with his left foot after being unlucky to hit the post with his first attempt. From there, goals from M.Fernandez ’23, G.Aghanya ’23, E.Graziosi ’24 and L.Kabalisa ’23 put the game to bed. While M.Fernandez ’23 headed goal was the pick of the bunch, E.Graziosi ’24 earned his much deserved first goal of the season. The match finished 5-1 in favor of WNA.
September 20th: WNA 3- FCA 1
This was the boys varsity team’s greatest win so far this season. Last year, on route to the championship, WNA lost two games both of which were to FCA. Losing to FCA had become a yearly tradition. They had truly defined themselves as our bogey team. This year, we pulled out the 3-1 win in our first match up with them in style. Despite a bevy of missed chances that should have put the game out of sight, our boys still managed to hold onto our two goal lead throughout almost the entirety of the second half. L.Kabaliisa ’23 kept up his stunning goal scoring form with 2 goals, while I.Lopez Campusano ’23 snuck home the third past the keeper to ice the game. The Rams host Jemicy at home on Thursday at 4:00pm.
September 16th: WNA 3- TSCA 1
The varsity boys continued their winning streak with a 3-1 away victory over Tri-State Christian Academy. This match proved to be the stiffest test of the season as Tri-State looked to catch WNA on the counter and through the long ball at every opportunity. I.Buenacasa ’24 took both of his goals very well in the first half giving WNA a solid lead heading into the break. L.Kabaliisa ’23 kept up his every match scoring record with the third goal in the second half. WNA were their own worst enemies in conceding a goal from a throw in and missing a penalty, but it didn’t create too much trouble on the whole as WNA improves to 4-0 on the season.
September 13th: WNA 5- Mt. Carmel 0
We finished the match with a 5-0 win over Mount Carmel High School. L. Kabaliisa ’23 was the undoubted man of the match with four impressive goals to continue his hot streak since the beginning of the season. The defense also proved to be very impressive, managing to keep a clean sheet and deny the opponents any real sight of goal. It was an impressive all around performance from the team where they faced a stiff mental test from the opposition, but did very well to keep their heads despite the adversity. Every single player on the team got onto the field for some minutes and a lot of tired legs were spared ahead of the next test in two days against Tri-State Academy.
September 9th: WNA 2- Greenwood Mennonite 1
The team faced a stiffer test in the second match of the season, pulling out a win 2-1 overall. Goals from L.Kabaliisa ’23 and team captain M.Fernandez Oliveros ’23 proved to be just enough to scrape out a victory against a defensive-minded Greenwood Mennonite side. The player of the match was undoubtedly goalkeeper I. Focinos Gutierrez ’23 who not only didn’t put a foot (or hand) wrong throughout the match, but made a stellar penalty save to keep us in the lead. An intentional handball from one defender led to us playing a man down for the last 15 minutes of the match. The players proved their grit and resolve in this period, keeping possession of the ball, despite their disadvantage in numbers, and pressing the opponent to hold the 2-1 lead. There will be necessary improvements but the team showed their spirit amidst adversity throughout the match. The Rams will look to continue their 2-0 streak as they take on Mt. Carmel on Tuesday September 13th at home.
September 6th: WNA 7- Avon Grove 0
The first match of the season for boy’s varsity soccer proved to be a success, and a solid building block for the rest of the season. The first half was tense, as the opponents held WNA to a very good game, holding the score to 1-0. It took a few readjustments and encouragement to shoot the ball more often for the Rams to loosen up and begin to play a more impressive game. The final score ended 7-0 with a few stand out players. L.Kabaliisa ’23 impressed with two very well taken goals. The defense led by A. Ramstad ’23, O.Almonte ’23, and I.Focinos Gutierrez ’23 held the visitors impressively scoreless. R.Lopez Dominguez ’23 had an outstanding goal that was the pick of the bunch as it was a beautifully taken half volley. All in all, there are definite areas of improvement and discipline, but the match showed what the team is capable of when playing their best soccer. Onwards and upwards. The Rams play again on Friday at home against the reigning Delaware Valley Christian Athletic Conference Champions, Greenwood Mennonite at 4:00pm.