Sports Report for October 4, 2019
Posted 10/04/2019 08:19AM
Friday, September 27, Fenn School 3, St. Sebastian’s 3
The Fenn varsity soccer team traveled to Needham on Friday, September 27 to take on St. Sebastian’s eighth grade soccer team. The first half saw Fenn dominate Seb’s, controlling the flow of the game with crisp passing.
Eighth grade midfielders Harry Nerrow, Hans Scheibe, Luca Raffa, and Sean Trudeau were pivotal in the possession game.
Forward Teddy Stiga scored two breakaway goals early in the first half, while Raffa connected three minutes before halftime to send Fenn into the break with a 3-0 lead.
Fenn gave up an early goal in the second half. Offensively, the Blue-and-Gold was shut down in the second half while the home team successfully created several chances on counter attacks.
Fenn surrendered two quick goals in the game’s waning minutes to settle for a 3-3 tie.
Wednesday, October 2, Fenn School 6, Rivers School 1
Fenn tried to keep its unbeaten streak alive when it visited Rivers School in Weston on Wednesday, October 2nd.
Teddy Stiga struck twice, and Luca Raffa picked up one goal in the opening stanza as Fenn took control of the rain-soaked field.
In the second half, Stiga completed the hat-trick with his third goal of the game. Stiga leads Fenn with seven goals on the season.
Seventh graders Lucas Dos Santos and Richard Gallant added insurance tallies, while Fenn spotted Rivers a goal late in the game. The Blue-and-Gold walked away with the 6-1 win to remain undefeated this season at 2-0-1.
Coach Jason Rude credits Fenn’s eighth grade midfielders Harry Nerrow, Hans Scheibe, and Sean Trudeau with strong games. Ninth graders Sam Dean and Gerald Gao also played outstanding on defense, while John Donovan and Hayden Shen were solid in goal.
Coming Up: Friday, October 4, Fenn School at Fay School
JUNIOR VARSITY SOCCER
Friday, September 27, Fay School 1, Fenn School 0
Blazing speed from Fay’s attack-minded JV lineup and periods of inadequate spacing among Fenn’s JV squad across the vast Reynolds turf doomed the Blue-and-Gold to a close, frustrating 1-0 loss on Friday, September 27. The fleet visitors won most of the footraces through midfield but struggled to finish their chances, while Fenn patched together a handful of promising moments of possession-oriented passing but earned very few shooting opportunities. The match remained scoreless until late in the second half, when Fay capitalized on a goalmouth bobble and scrambled home a loose ball to notch the only entry on the score sheet.
Goalkeeper Jack Schneider made three sharp saves in the opening half to keep Fenn in the hunt while his teammates tried to adapt to the pace of play on the artificial surface, which rewards crisp traps and passes and demands broader tactics than the natural grass on which JV training usually occurs. Co-captains and defensive stalwarts Garrett MacKenzie, Will Hickey, and Hudson Wesel deserve recognition for their gutsy pursuit of Fay’s brisk advances along the touchlines. Without their composure and hustle on a hot afternoon, the score at the half-time break might easily have been 2-0 or 3-0 for Fay. Kevin Yuan and Thomas Donahue stood firmly on the back line as well.
The smallest feet on the field produced the finest offensive threats for Fenn. Tal Richmond, Tom Mulvany, JJ Oldershaw, Luke Tsiaras, and Oliver Ali moved the ball effectively on the occasions in which they gained initial control. Fellow seventh graders Spencer Harnden and Charlie Driscoll also demonstrated calm first touches and promising awareness of where they could find support to keep the ball moving quickly. If this group can develop a shared understanding of how to stretch opposing defenders with smart movements off the ball, they will be able to outmaneuver even the fastest teams.
Coming Up: Friday, October 4, Fenn School versus Belmont Hill School
Wednesday, September 25, Dexter School 8, Fenn School 0
The Thirds soccer team hosted a fast, skilled, and experienced Dexter School on Wednesday, September 25 to open the regular season. This was a tough start for Thirds players, many who are playing soccer for the first time. According to coach Derek Cribb, despite the lopsided contest, Fenn boys played with enthusiasm against Dexter athletes, who demonstrated wonderful sportsmanship.
“The Fenn boys came off the field tired but smiling, recognizing they had tried but had simply been outplayed,” said Cribb.
Dexter players, in a show of sportsmanship, praised Fenn netminder Josh Weig for his solid play in goal. Weig faced over 24 shots on net, many of which required acrobatic saves to keep them out of the cage.
“The big lesson of the day was that we needed to learn the rules of soccer,” Cribb said. “A good portion of our team is learning the responsibilities of each position and the rules of the game.”
Friday, September 27, Fay School 10, Fenn School 0
The Thirds team suffered another blanking on Friday, September 27 when Fay School came to town. Fenn was missing a few key players against a skilled Fay team.
While the Blue-and-Gold couldn’t get the offense going, Fay had no trouble with shifting into high gear, as Fenn suffered a 10-0 thrashing.
Liam Teto anchored Fenn’s defense against the relentless Fay attack. Dereck Then put in a decent effort at defense, as well. Will Gaynor was between the pipes in the second half, suiting up in goal for the first time ever. Gaynor made several key saves and showed great resilience as he was peppered with many quality shots.
Wednesday, October 2, Sparhawk School, Fenn School cancelled
Thursday, October 3, Rashi School 5, Fenn School 1
Surprised by the skill and speed of Rashi School athletes, Fenn fell behind 4-0 on Thursday, October 3 in front of the home crowd.
Eighth grader Sam Kahn notched Fenn’s lone goal of the game, while Rashi collected five goals all total.
Coach Cribb reported that he witnessed some solid play by his midfielders in this game.
“Gabriel Aberbach made some nice passes forward, Ryan Bettenhauser and Liam Teto both showed a good sense of playing this position, which requires both offense and defense,” said Cribb. “And Sean Leahy showed great hustle and a good sense of the game.”
Will Hatten and Luke Rainis, who both are returning from injuries, played in their first game. Despite the fact they are still searching for their first win of the season, Thirds players are showing progress and growth while their spirits remain high.
Coming Up: Friday, October 11, Fenn School at Fessenden School
Fenn’s football team is catching up on some X’s and O’s in practice this week, as the team prepares for a game at Dexter Southfield School in Brookline on Friday, October 11. Fenn enters the game having won the opener, 26-14, on September 20 versus Fay School.
Coming Up: Friday, October 11, Fenn School at Dexter Southfield School
Wednesday, September 25, Fenn School lost to Belmont Day School and beat Lexington Christian Academy
The home opener for Fenn’s cross-country team was held on Wednesday, September 25, as Belmont Day School and Lexington Christian Academy came to town. The top Fenn runners were Connor Soukup, Bobby Skrivanek, and Chris Land, as Fenn beat LCA but lost to Belmont Day.
Friday, September 27, Fenn School placed second at Fay School in a meet with Fessenden School, Dexter Southfield School, Rivers School
On Friday, September 27, Fenn traveled to Fay School in Southborough for a five-team meet. Fenn placed second overall, ahead of Fessenden School, Dexter Southfield School and Rivers School.
Coming Up: Friday, October 4, Fenn School at Roxbury Latin School in a meet that includes Lexington Christian Academy and St. Sebastian’s School