Wednesday, October 31, Fenn School 2, Shore Country Day School 2
Fenn’s varsity soccer team closed the books on the season on October 31 with a 2-2 deadlock at Shore Country Day School. Harry Bertos and Hans Scheibe were the Fenn goal scorers.
The varsity soccer team finished the regular season with an 8-2-1 record. Coach Bob Starensier’s team will end the season this weekend with the annual New England Junior Private School Soccer Tournament in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
Saturday, November 3, Fenn School at New England Junior Private School Tourney at Eaglebrook
JUNIOR VARSITY SOCCER
Thursday, October 25, Belmont Day School 5, Fenn School 2
Two fine goals from Sam Dean buoyed spirits for Fenn's JV Soccer players and their supporters on a chilly October 25 on Monument Street, but the day belonged to Belmont Day School's starting eleven. The visitors struck twice in the first five minutes, twice more in the last five minutes, made life difficult for the Blue and Gold for most of the intervening fifty minutes, and boarded their bus with a handy 5-2 victory.
Dean's first tally -- without a doubt, Fenn's sharpest goal of the season to date -- followed a fantastic solo run along the right touchline from Johnny Drapeau. Drapeau settled a short throw-in near midfield, deftly worked around the first two defenders in his path, and bolted down the flank. With his final two touches, he turned the corner on Belmont's wingback and drove a firm ball across the box, where Dean slammed a terrific half-volley just inches inside the right post. The bang-bang play trimmed the BDS margin to 2-1, and perhaps more importantly, reassured Fenn players that they could battle their way back into the match despite conceding a discouraging pair of goals due to sleepy coverage in the early going.
Unfortunately, Belmont Day's ace striker recaptured the momentum exactly one minute later, dodging through multiple defenders in Fenn's penalty area and slashing dangerously close to Niko Weaver's left goal post on a lengthy solo run. He hammered a shot from a doubtful angle, which Weaver was bravely positioned to parry, but the rebound glanced off a defender and into the goal.
Dean's second goal, midway through a briskly paced second half, was as handsome as the first. John Donovan directed a strong free kick from the left wing to the top of the penalty area, where Dean brought it down with a skilled touch, stepped to his left, and laced a bouncer through a gap. Though BDS clearly was getting the best of the run of play, Fenn was suddenly confronting just a one-goal deficit, 3-2.
Ten minutes later, the visitors closed out the match with two varsity-caliber goals, reflecting their legitimate advantages in technique and tactical awareness, yet the home side took justifiable pride in both Dean's brace and the team's overall effort to climb out of a daunting early hole.
Friday, October 26, Fenn School 0, Fessenden School 4
An hour of sheer determination from the heart of Fenn's JV Soccer lineup held Fessenden's powerful Varsity "B" side to four goals on October 26 in West Newton -- naturally, four more than the Blue and Gold hoped to allow, yet at least four fewer than the Bears' strong, experienced squad were positioned to earn. Garrett MacKenzie and Sam Dean anchored the back line with ferocious persistence, always in the thick of the battles around the 18-yard line. They represented the very best of Fenn with their spunky grit. Michael Mariani and Andrew Blau defended with tenacity, as well, and Jeremiah Engermann chipped in with his most spirited defensive pursuit of the season.
Fessenden's most dangerous first half forays resulted in goals from a boy with striking athletic ability. Roughly 6'4", he jogged up from his defensive spot for a corner kick at the 20-minute mark, took a position directly in front of the goal, and easily headed in a well-served high ball. Four minutes later, he showcased his speed and foot skills with an uncatchable sideline run, dribbling forty yards in massive strides, cutting across the eighteen, and punching a crafty shot against the grain as he moved from left to right.
Johnny Drapeau, Liam Mulcahy and Jack Moskow punched far above their weight class in midfield. All three took on possession struggles repeatedly, running through 50/50 balls and scrambling home to defend whenever Fessenden took over. Drapeau moved the ball exceptionally well on the flanks throughout the game, demonstrating confidence and a calm first touch. Charlie Kessler played with fiery resolve at left half; up top, Ben Cook presented Fessenden's defenders with threatening speed and physical presence each time he gained possession in the attacking third.
The Bears added two quality goals in the second half, as supportive parents for both teams watched from the terrace overlooking Fessy's sunny turf field along Crafts Street. With the 4-0 result clearly sealed, yet more competitive than perhaps anticipated, Fenn players headed home for the weekend with a sense that they had done their best against a capable opponent.
Monday, October 29, Hillside School 2, Fenn School 4
Hockey season is well underway for Ben Cook and Liam Mulcahy, but Fenn’s JV Soccer team is still benefiting from their speed and attacking savvy on the grass. Paired on the front line on October 29, Cook and Mulcahy struck for one decisive goal apiece in the final four minutes of a back-and-forth match, lifting the Blue and Gold over Hillside School’s persistent second team, 4-2. Cook and Mulcahy also forged the all-important first goal-scoring opportunity for Fenn, slicing through Hillside’s back line to earn a penalty, just five minutes after the opening whistle. Michael Mariani converted the spot kick easily, and the hosts were off to a confident start. Cook launched that foray with an accurate header into a lane between the two center backs, and Mulcahy was through the gap and on a breakaway instantly. A last-ditch attempt to knock the ball from his feet brought him down, and the penalty was inevitable.
Both teams showed a preference for north-south soccer, and the ball moved end-to-end with frequency and perhaps too much haste. Greater patience and side-to-side play might have enabled both sides to approach the game more thoughtfully, but instead it was a horse race, which made for an exciting match-up. Fenn’s early lead held up through the first half and beyond, until one of Hillside’s spark plugs scored a dazzling equalizer in the 42nd minute. Among the smallest boys on the field, he collected a clearance at the center circle and took off on a solo run past several defenders, then roofed a confident blast under Fenn’s crossbar to level the score. Five minutes later, Hillside forged ahead with a second goal, and Fenn suddenly felt the pressure of chasing the game with little more than ten minutes remaining.
Sam Dean was the man to resurrect the home team’s fortunes. Oblivious to the pressure of the moment, he settled a bouncing cross from the right flank at Hillside’s eighteen, pulled a slick turnaround move away from a defender, and calmly punched a firm shot from the top of the box. No time wasted, no extra touches; just a quick spin and an immediate strike. Dean’s tally set the stage for a punchy closing act, and goalkeeper Hayden Shen promptly pitched in with two fantastic diving saves to keep the match level. Both sides created decent looks at the goal as time ticked away. At 56 minutes, Mulcahy took a rapid serve from Cook on a lightning-fast counterattack and chipped a crafty one-touch curler around the Hillside goalkeeper’s dive. Cook then pressed and swiped Hillside’s first pass after the ensuing kickoff, and he spanked in a grounder from twenty yards to secure the result for Fenn.
Fenn’s JV soccer record stands at 4-7 heading into the final week of regular season.
Friday, November 2, Fenn School at Pike School
Monday, November 5, Fenn School hosts Carroll School and The Learning Center
Friday, October 26, Fenn School 6, Buckingham Browne & Nichols 22
Captain AliJah Clark scored an 80-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of Fenn’s game at Buckingham Browne & Nichols on October 26, but it wasn’t enough as Fenn suffered a 22-6 loss. Ben Lisa had a strong game on defense with multiple tackles and a fumble recovery, according to coach Matt Ward.
Fenn’s football team is 1-4 with two games remaining.
Friday, November 2, Fenn School at Fay School
Wednesday, November 7, Fenn School at Dexter
Friday, October 19, Fenn School hosted Pike School, Lexington Christian Academy, Milton Academy, and Hillside School
Fenn School won its October 19 meet against Pike School, LCA, Milton Academy, and Hillside School. Ninety runners participated, with Connor Soukup, Theo Randall, Peter Favaro, and Bobby Skrivanek crossing the finish line first for Fenn.
Wednesday, October 24, Fenn School hosted Dexter Southfield School, Fay School, and Meadowbrook School
Fenn took third place against Dexter, Fay, and Meadowbrook on October 24. There were 128 runners competing in the Monument Street meet. Theo Randall, Peter Favaro, and Bobby Skrivanek were Fenn’s top finishers.
Thursday, October 25, Fenn School at NEC/Munn Invitational
Over five hundred runners participated in the annual Jim Munn Invitational at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester on October 25. Fenn finished a respectable 8th out of 30 teams participating from public and private schools across Massachusetts.
“Awesome job as a team for Fenn,” exclaimed coach David Duane.
Fenn’s Theo Randall, Connor Soukup, and Peter Favaro placed in the top 40, while Bobby Skrivanek and Sam Lyons rounded out the scorers for the Blue and Gold.
The Invitational is named in honor of Jim Munn, the late Gloucester track and field coach.
Friday, November 2, Fenn School at Park School
Wednesday, November 7, Fenn School at Roxbury Latin Jamboree