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Sports Report for October 24, 2019
Posted 10/24/2019 04:28PM


Friday, October 18, Fenn School 3, Shore Country Day School 0

Fenn varsity soccer traveled to Beverly on Friday, October 18 to take on Shore Country Day School, trying to stitch together two straight wins.

The first half was a back-and-forth battle between two evenly matched teams, with most of the play taking place in the midfield. Yet despite time ticking away on the clock, neither team could create any real scoring opportunities.

The second half saw Fenn steadily increasing pressure on Shore’s defense, and seven minutes into the half, Fenn’s forwards and midfielders combined in a series of well executed passes. The pinpoint passing set up a goal by eighth grade forward Finn Hudson, who fired a strong shot past the Shore goalie to give Fenn a 1-0 lead.

Shore responded by tightening up its defense and playing a counter-attack game, which led to several good scoring opportunities.

With eight minutes remaining in the game, Fenn once again found a path through Shore’s defense as Harry Nerrow scored Fenn’s second goal.

Two minutes later, Finn Hudson sealed the victory for Fenn with his second goal of the game, securing a 3-0 victory for Fenn.

In addition to Fenn’s two goal scorers, Luca Raffa, Hans Scheibe, Sam Dean, and Gerald Gao each had strong performances for Fenn.


Coming Up:

Friday, October 25, Fenn School at Belmont Hill School



Wednesday, October 16, Fenn School 2, Carroll School 0

Fenn’s JV kickers faced a well-trained goalkeeper at Carroll School’s handsome Waltham Road field in Wayland on Wednesday, October 16. The Blue-and-Gold dominated the run of play, knocking the ball around the attacking half of the thick natural grass for most of the match and shooting frequently but earning just two goals. Carroll’s rangy, athletic keeper covered the entire penalty area with great confidence, and his smart positioning, savvy mobility, and lengthy dropkicks kept his team’s hopes alive. 

Jamie Book notched a brace for Fenn, both goals coming from forced turnovers rather than possessional buildup. At 27 minutes, he confronted a Carroll midfielder below the center circle, exiting the clean tackle with the ball at his feet. He was not closely pursued, so two quick dribbles brought him into open space twenty yards from the goal, and his strong shot was well-placed in the upper right corner. That encouraging strike sent Fenn into the halftime break with a spot of confidence, yet viewed candidly, it seemed a meager reward for their nearly two dozen shots in the first 30 minutes of play. Tom Mulvany set up Book’s second goal just moments after the second-half kickoff, winning a challenge at the edge of Carroll’s penalty area and feeding the ball softly into space in front of Book’s penetrating run.  

With another 25 minutes yet to play, it seemed that Fenn held the potential to extend their 2-0 lead. Tal Richmond and Charlie Driscoll were well-settled in central midfield, and they distributed a number of attractive balls to teammates on the flanks. Tom Mulvany, JJ Oldershaw, and Oliver Ali were frequent targets, as were Book and Ethan Rich, and they had all of the right ideas in mind. Nevertheless, reality fell short of intentions: despite a ton of time with the ball, Fenn’s passing was not quite as calm or sustained as desired, and the shots lacked power. Thus, the two-goal margin remained unchanged on the score sheet.

At the relatively quiet defensive end of the field, center back Garrett MacKenzie and goalkeeper Jack Schneider produced several of the choicest highlights for the day. Their clear, timely communication and calm footwork enabled them to execute stress-free back passes from MacKenzie at midfield to Schneider at the eighteen on three occasions, deftly escaping Carroll’s press when their keeper launched long, hopeful dropkicks. Schneider also handled one rocket of a shot from ten yards with a fine overhead save.  

Friday, October 18, Fenn School 3, Shore Country Day School 0 

With the passage of two weeks since their first meeting in Beverly, the JV Soccer squads from Fenn and Shore Country Day realized much better weather, but no change in score, for the rematch in Concord on Friday, October 18. Seasonable sunshine, rather than steady rain, splashed across the Reynolds turf, and Fenn spanked in three goals while holding Shore scoreless once again. Hudson Wesel’s first goal in the navy-and-white kit and gold socks, and another double from Jamie Book, put Fenn on top for the day. 

Goalkeepers Jack Schneider and Niko Weaver played a half apiece between the posts to earn the Blue-and-Gold’s fourth clean sheet in the last five matches. These strong results reflect positively on their work with Coach Morrison to improve their shot-stopping techniques, as well as the efforts of the increasingly cohesive defensive alignment – Garrett MacKenzie at center back, flanked by Will Hickey, Thomas Donahue, and Kevin Yuan. Stronger opponents will present greater danger in upcoming matches, but in the meantime, the recent shutouts are an accurate indication of this group’s ability to track down threats aggressively and scramble back into improvised coverage when necessary.

Wesel popped in a rebound in the 25th minute, following a quick throw-in from Hickey to Spencer Harnden, midway down the left touchline. Harnden’s cross caromed against traffic in front of the Shore goal, and Wesel one-timed the bouncing ball inside the back post from the six-yard line. On a day when the Blue-and-Gold booters were confident, yet struggling to produce adequate supporting movements away from the ball, Wesel’s quick strike provided a meaningful boost.

Book’s second-half brace, at 42 and 45 minutes, hinged on his quick acceleration and nose for the goal. On each occasion, he was closely challenged upon receiving passes at some distance from the goal, but he maintained control of the ball and shook free from one-on-one coverage to finish semi-breakaways.

At the midpoint of their 2019 term, the JV boys’ record stands at four wins, one draw, and two losses. The team extends thanks to the many parents attending the games, rain or shine, home or away! Sincere appreciation also is due to the families who have already contributed to the school-wide campaign for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. At this writing, the Donahues, Hickeys, Oldershaws, and Sanborns are on the donor board, and we welcome more support as we approach our “Pink-Out” match date against Fessenden on Friday, October 25th.

Coming Up:

Thursday, October 24, Fenn School at Belmont Day School

Friday, October 25, Fenn School hosts Fessenden School


Friday, October 18, Pike School 5, Fenn School 2

Fenn’s Thirds soccer team hosted Pike School on Friday, October 18, still seeking its first win of the season. Dereck Then fired a shot from up front that blew past the Pike netminder, while CJ Bailey lobbed a nice shot over the goalie's head. Despite good pressure from the Fenn offense, particularly Will Hatten and Chad Bartlett, Fenn fell to the visitors, 5-2.

Monday, October 21, Carroll School 1, Fenn School 0

On Monday, October 21, Fenn hosted Carroll School in a close battle on Monument Street. Fenn’s defense, anchored by Liam Teto and Panha Sam, played very well, according to coach Derek Cribb.

The offense was slow to start, but the midfielders picked it up in the second half, as Fenn dominated with several shots on goal. Still, the boys in Blue-and-Gold could not get anything by the Carroll keeper, and Fenn dropped a 1-0 decision.

Coming Up:

Friday, October 25, Fenn School hosts Fessenden School



Friday, October 18, Fenn School defeated LCA, Hillside School

Fenn’s cross-country team hosted Lexington Christian Academy and Hillside School on Friday, October 18. Bobby Skrivanek finished in first place, followed by Colin Soukup, Chris Lando, and sixth grader Tyler Martinez, as Fenn beat both LCA and Hillside. 

Wednesday, October 23, Fenn School defeated Dexter Southfield School

Fenn hosted Dexter on Wednesday, October 23 with beautiful fall colors dotting the path. Bobby Skrivanek won his second straight race. Connor Soukup finished second, while Tyler Martinez was third. Chris Lando, Will Simon, and Colin Soukup followed behind.


Coming Up:

Thursday, October 24, Fenn School at NEC/Munn Invitational

Wednesday, October 30, Fenn School at Roxbury Latin Jamboree



Fenn’s football team had the week to practice for its Friday game against Fessenden School. The team will try to get back on track after its October 11 loss at Dexter.

Coming Up:

Friday, October 25, Fenn School hosts Fessenden School

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