VARSITY SOCCER (6-3-1 final regular season record; 1-2-3 in tournament play)
Fenn’s varsity soccer team finished the season with six wins, three losses, and one tie. The team also finished in seventh place at the New England Junior Prep School Varsity Soccer Tournament at Eaglebrook School on Saturday, November 2.
JUNIOR VARSITY SOCCER (6-5-2 regular season record)
Wednesday, November 6, Fenn School 2, Noble & Greenough School 3
The Blue-and-Gold struck first and last, but the Bulldogs had more to bark about in between at Noble & Greenough School on Wednesday, November 6. With just a hint of chill in the air along the bank of the Charles River, Fenn’s JV Soccer team closed its 2019 slate with a 3-2 loss to Nobles on the closely cropped grass of Mason Field in Dedham. The host’s well-coached boys appeared vulnerable on defense at certain points, but they all ran hard, settled incoming balls consistently, and passed effectively. Moreover, they made Fenn pay dearly for three lapses in and around the penalty area.
Jamie Book popped in the opening marker for Fenn in the eighth minute, making the most of a lofty ball through midfield that initially appeared both routine and innocuous. The long clearance from Garrett MacKenzie bounced high at the far edge of the center circle, midway between Book’s attacking run and Nobles’ central defender. With classical attacking instinct, Book read the pace and direction of flight and quickly headed the dropping ball over the defender, yet not far enough for the advancing goalkeeper to collect. The quick diagnosis and deft touch put him in alone, and he finished neatly with a firm roller past the suddenly isolated goalie. Nobles equalized and edged ahead with a pair of goals before halftime, but at the break, the game still felt eminently winnable to Fenn’s spunky, hustling squad.
Thirty minutes of clean, hard soccer followed. Nobles knocked in a third goal at 45 minutes, leaving Fenn with just a quarter of an hour to crank up the intensity and search for a reply. As has been the case so often this fall, the team captains sparked an uptick when the need was greatest. Strong challenges and urgent pressure from the muddy boots of MacKenzie, Hudson Wesel, and Will Hickey gradually tilted the run of play toward the Bulldogs’ goal. Hickey scrambled home a rebound of a corner kick with five minutes remaining, pulling his mates within striking distance, and Fenn earned two more corners after that, but a tying goal never materialized.
The 3-2 result for Nobles in this spirited finale puts Fenn’s report card for the 2019 term at six wins, two draws, and five losses.
THIRDS SOCCER (3-6-2 final regular season record)
Wednesday, November 6, Thirds Classic, Team C - first place, Team B - second place, Team A - third place
‘The last shall be first and the first shall be last’ is the way this Thirds’ Soccer Classic could be remembered, as Team C took top honors, while B fit right in the middle, and Team A finished third. All were close matches in the Wednesday, November 6 light-hearted classic that offered bragging rights to the winning team. In the end, penalty kicks were the difference to break the tie between Team B and Team C.
CROSS COUNTRY (8-3 reg. season record, as well as 2nd, 5th, & 7th place finishes)
Wednesday, November 6, Fenn School defeated Rivers School
Fenn School’s cross country team finished the season on a high note, running by Rivers School on the Monument Street course on Wednesday, November 6. The first seven finishers were from Fenn: Connor Soukup, Bobby Skrivanek, Tyler Martinez, Will Simon, Colin Soukup, Chris Lando, and William O’Malley. It was a great way to close out a terrific season by Fenn harriers.
FOOTBALL (2-4 regular season record)
Wednesday, November 6
Fenn's football team suffered a 16-12 loss to Dexter Southfield School’s middle school team on Wednesday, November 6 at Reynolds Field. The loss was Fenn’s fourth consecutive after the team started the season with two straight wins.