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Boy’s varsity Soccer embark on playoff run

Aden Khurana, Columnist

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The boys’ varsity soccer team has cruised through this season with an overall regular season record of 13-3. A multitude of injuries forced them to battle this year, and test their abilities mentally and physically.
Masters opened their postseason run with a NYSAIS quarter final against rival Hackley. In the second half, junior Ben McGowan scored the lone goal and goalkeeper Diego Medina recorded five saves to secure the 1-0 win. After the game,  McGowan said, “We played a great game and I’m glad I helped us into the next round against Riverdale.” Humble and hopeful, the team was looking get the win against number one seeded, Riverdale Country School.
Sadly, they did not get the outcome they wanted, losing 2-1 in overtime. Along with a loss, came another injury. McGowan broke his arm when a RCS player collided with him on a play. Junior Noel Gorodetsky said, “Ben is a crucial player and due to his injury, we will need to do some adjusting but our team spirit is still extremely high.” With morale high, the team played The King School in the FAA quarterfinals, hoping for an opening round win.
After a scoreless first half, Dexter Kalderon received a red card, putting the team a man down for 63 minutes. King scored with sixteen minutes left in the game. This did not stop Masters from rallying back. With three minutes to go, senior captain, Oladayo Thomas, knocked one in the net to even the score at 1-1. After two scoreless overtimes. Penalty kicks approached and with the crowd excited, King took the first penalty and scored, silencing the home fans. This would be the only goal they would score in PK’s, as Masters scored the next four to win the match, along with two saves made by goalkeeper Diego Medina.
After defeating Greens Farms Academy 3-1 on Wednesday, in which  Thomas scored a hat trick, the team is now preparing for a final game at Hopkins on saturday, hoping to win the FAA championship.

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Boy’s varsity Soccer embark on playoff run