Viewfinder: Hall Boys Soccer Earns 2-1 Victory over Conard

Crosstown rivalry lives up to its reputation, once again.

Less than 24 hours after the and girls soccer teams ended their contest in a scoreless tie at Hall, it was the boys' turn to battle for bragging rights on Conard's home turf. While the rain may have dampened the field and those in attendance, it certainly did not lessen the quality of play from both sides.

Missing one of their leading scorers Rodrigo Giraldo due to injury, Conard knew that they would have step up as a team to make up for the loss. In the early minutes of the game, it was Hall which took control of the field through disciplined positioning and ball movement. However, Conard's efficient use of their possessions and explosive offense showed signs that they were ready to take charge.

It didn't take long for the scales to tip as Conard's co-captain Colin Kuntz took matters in his own hands by carrying the ball down the left wing and scoring the first goal of the game.

In response to Kuntz's goal, Hall quickly went back on the offensive. With just 4:02 remaining in the first half, David Abunaw III was able convert on a loose ball situation in front of the Conard goal. The teams found themselves deadlocked 1-1 at the half.

Once again, the second half saw Hall take control of the ball and repeatly challenge the Conard net. Save after save, Conard goalkeeper James Ames continued to keep his team in the game, shutting down Hall's offensive threats.

Just when it began to feel like the game was destined for overtime, Eduardo Sebasitao's game-winning goal, with 14:25 remaining, said otherwise. Despite Conard's continued offensive efforts to tie the game, it was Hall's sound defense that kept the 2-1 score as the final outcome.

As a result of the win, Hall's record improves to 5-2-1 while Conard's record falls to 4-2-2. Both Hall and Conard now prepare themselves for their next contests this Thursday, Oct. 6, at Maloney and Berlin respectively.

The two teams will meet once again at the final regular season match-up on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 3:30 p.m., this time on Hall's turf.


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