Friday, October 19, Shore Country Day School 0, Fenn School 3
The varsity soccer team earned its fifth straight victory on October 19 as it hosted Shore Country Day School. Harry Bertos scored a pair of goals to lead the Blue and Gold, while Tucker Winstanley also scored. Fenn’s midfield was bolstered by the play of Luca Raffa and Rylan Chandler, each of whom turned in excellent performances.
Fenn has posted three straight shutouts and has only allowed two goals against them in the last five games.
“This was probably the best move-the-ball game of the season, and it really bodes well as we head into the last stage of the season and the big tournament at Eaglebook,” said coach Bob Starensier.
Monday, October 22, Rectory School 1, Fenn School 2
Fenn kept its winning streak alive on October 22 at home against Rectory School. Harry Bertos got Fenn on the board with his fourth goal in the last three games. It was Rylan Chandler who provided the game-winner, an amazing goal hit from 35 yards out. The 2-1 victory lifted Fenn’s varsity record to 7-1.
Wednesday, October 24, Fenn School 1, Fessenden School 5
The six-game winning streak came to a screeching halt on October 24 when the Blue and Gold visited Fessenden’s campus in Newton. Luke Swaim picked up Fenn’s lone goal in the 5-1 loss. Swaim’s goal was his tenth of the season, pushing him into a tie with Edoardo Takacs for the team goal-scoring lead. Fenn’s varsity record stands at 8-2 with one regular season game remaining on the schedule before the big season finale at Eaglebrook on November 3.
Wednesday, October 31, Fenn School at Shore Country Day School
Saturday, November 3, Fenn School at Eaglebrook Tournament
JUNIOR VARISTY SOCCER
Wednesday, October 17, Fenn School 1, Jewish Country Day School 6
The team that controls the ball controls the score, regardless of the size of the field or the players themselves. This lesson was renewed on October 17, as Fenn's JV Soccer team was pasted, 6-1, by a small yet capable squad from Jewish Community Day School. Playing seven-a-side on a tiny pitch in Watertown, Fenn hustled and hunted for the full hour but found the net just once, while the JCDS boys deftly passed their way to three goals in each half. The compact playing surface and small-sided format were unusual for a schoolboy match, yet the circumstances actually closely resembled many of the games Fenn’s JV team plays in training in Concord. The unfortunate reality was that the hosts were sharper with their first and second touches, and they moved the ball back-and-forth with a calm familiarity that the Blue and Gold still are trying to establish.
Goalkeeper Hayden Shen was the man of the match for Fenn, facing upwards of two dozen shots as the Blaze repeatedly slotted well-timed passes to open teammates in front of the goal. Shen's sharp saves prevented the game from becoming a total blowout.
Liam Mulcahy clawed back the lone strike for Fenn late in the game, pressing hard to dispossess JCDS's center defender at midfield, scrambling to gain a half step of space, and releasing his low shot quickly. The swift sequence highlighted Mulcahy's athletic ability, nose for the goal, and determination to make the most of every minute he is on the field.
Thursday, October 18, Lexington Christian Academy at Fenn School – cancelled
Friday, October 19, Fenn School at Shore Country Day School – cancelled
Wednesday, October 24, Fay School 2, Fenn School 0
Four weeks after a tightly contested one-goal loss to Fay’s Varsity B side in Southborough, Fenn’s JV Soccer squad dashed onto the handsome turf of Reynolds Field in Concord on October 24 with hopes of squaring the account. The intervening month of training had brought both teams to a higher level of play than they displayed in September, but Fay’s improvements in ball control when working at match speed proved superior, and Fay won this rematch, 2-0.
In the first outing of the season on the broad turf surface, the Blue and Gold played with terrific energy and pace. Fay’s crew was big and fast, yet Fenn matched Fay stride for stride in virtually all of the sprints for long balls and challenges for 50/50 balls. Teddy McKeown, John Donovan, and Sam Dean provided significant strength and urgency in central defense, and Luke LoPresti and Kimball Khetani were tough at outside back. Through midfield, Fenn generated a handful of sharp attacks thanks to the foot skills of Michael Mariani and Jack Moskow and well-timed flanking runs from Will Hickey and Ben Cook. Up top, Liam Mulcahy persistently threatened to slip behind Fay’s back line, and he is steadily digesting lessons in the striker’s art of evading offside calls.
Several Fenn boys directed hopeful shots on the frame during the chilly afternoon of soccer. Mariani, Cook and Maxie Murphy all hit the target at least once, yet Fay’s rangy keeper was sharp enough to keep the score sheet blank, and his teammates earned one clean goal in each half to claim their close-but-fair result.
The final two weeks of the season shape up to be busy for Fenn’s JV squad with five games on tap.
Thursday, October 25, Fenn School hosts Belmont Day School
Friday, October 26, Fenn School at Fessenden School
Monday, October 29, Fenn School hosts Hillside School
Friday, November 2, Fenn School at Pike School
Monday, November 5, Fenn School hosts Carroll School and The Learning Center
Friday, October 19, Fenn School 0, Fessenden School 14
Fenn’s football team held Fessenden School at bay during the first half on October 19 in Newton, but could not stave off Fessy’s running game in the second half and allowed two touchdowns in the 14-0 loss.
Wednesday, October 24, Rivers School at Fenn School – cancelled
Fenn’s record stands at 1-3 with three games remaining on the schedule.
Friday, October 26, Fenn School at Buckingham Browne & Nichols
Friday, November 2, Fenn School at Fay School
Wednesday, November 7, Fenn School at Dexter
Thursday, October 25, Fenn School at NEC/Munn Invitational
Wednesday, October 31, Fenn School hosts Rivers School
Friday, November 2, Fenn School at Park School
Wednesday, November 7, Fenn School at Roxbury Latin Jamboree