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Boys soccer wins four straight, prepares for playoffs

Photo courtesy Roy Rozin
Senior Loic Nsoga-Mahob dribbles down the wing in a match against Richard Montgomery on Oct. 14. The Cats won the game 2-0 thanks to goals from junior Matewos Tuge and senior Ahmed Gugssa.

The boys soccer team has improved their record to 7-4 after four consecutive wins. The streak began with two big wins against nearby rivals BCC and Churchill with 1-0 score lines for both. The team continued with two big wins against Richard Montgomery and Northwest HS as they prepare for the upcoming playoffs.

On Oct. 4, the Wildcats took down their cross-town rivals, the BCC Barons, in a 1-0 rivalry game. The game was played at the Barons stadium and this victory brought the Cats’ record up to 4-3.

The victory broke a two game losing streak for the Cats as senior striker Loic Nsoga-Mahob continued his successful season with yet another important goal.

The Cats played a complete game with the defense holding strong to keep a clean sheet and with the offense doing enough to win the game. It was an even more important win for the team considering the opponent in question. In such a competitive game with bragging rights on the line, getting the victory was the only goal.

“The WJ – BCC rivalry is intense and spirited. From a soccer standpoint, they are always such a talented group so we know it will be a great match up. Plus, no matter which team is having a more successful season, both teams seem to step up and bring their best for the game. So winning, and especially on their turf, is a great accomplishment and a great testament to the guys,” Guido Zucconi said.

The Cats then moved onto another important matchup against Churchill on Senior Night for the Cats. In what was a tight and competitive game through 100+ minutes, the team’s seniors definitely delivered on their big night as senior Daniel Alonso provided leading scoring Loic Nsoga-Mahob with a great cross which was tapped in by Nsoga-Mahob as the Cats won the game in the dying seconds of 2OT.

The cats then extended their clean sheet and win streak to three, with a 2-0 victory over the Richard Montgomery Rockets. The cCts had to overcome not only the Rockets, but also the heavy downpour that fell throughout the whole game. The team was able to strike through junior Matewos Tuge in the first half and the win was secured thanks to a brilliant 35 yard free kick from senior Ahmed Gugssa. It was the third straight clean sheet for the defense and for keeper Will Karasik as the Cats improved their record to 6-4.

“I feel like we started the season off slow but we are peaking at the right time. All our hard work in training is paying off and I hope we can go far in the playoffs,” junior Matewos Tuge said.

The Cats then faced their toughest matchup of the season as they played away at the undefeated and top ranked Northwest HS in what was the home team’s senior night. The Cats made it their mission to disrupt the perfect record and did so in a tight encounter that saw a lot of back and forth action. The Cats had a big hole to dig out of as they conceded a penalty kick in the early stages of the game. The early disadvantage was nullified by a great goal from senior Leo Holma which took the game to OT where Nsoga-Mahob scored yet again to give the team the win.

The Cats have one more regular season game and will then enter the playoffs as one of the hottest teams.

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