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2nd Half Barrage Powers Boys’ Soccer

September 14, 2017

On a pristine Monday afternoon, the boys’ soccer team withstood an early strike from Smithtown Christian to claim the latest edition of the Holy War, 4-1.

After victories of 4-0 and 7-0 over the Knights last season, the Bears may have been hoping for a similar result, but our league rivals dispelled that thought mere minutes into the game by beating the defense up the left wing for an early goal. Smithtown maintained the 1-0 edge at the half, but the Bears’ offense began to click as the first half wore on and there was a sense that an impending wave was on the horizon. It would crash minutes into the second half.

With the Brook in need of a lift, Jai Narain came through. Chris Swiatek instigated the play when he beat his defender on the right wing, engineered a pretty give-and-go with Owen Sobel, then dropped a neat touch to Narain who found the net on a ricochet after drilling the underside of the cross bar from 12 yards. Narain’s equalizer, rather than ushering in a tense battle, opened the floodgates. Just over 30 seconds later the Bears grabbed the lead. Mo Romeus ignited the play by sliding to save a ball from going out of bounds, directing it to Brandon Gicquel waiting in the backfield. It was the second pass of what would become a string of 11 consecutive passes, culminating in a beautiful through-ball from Sobel to Swiatek who chipped it over the keeper with a defender bearing down on him.

Just over 12 minutes later, the Bears took firm command when Sobel unleashed a sparkling individual effort, dribbling past three defenders before sending a lefty strike past the keeper for a 3-1 edge. Narain bookended the scoring when he one-timed a deft touch from Tiger Winston into the bottom left corner.

Sam Han made several impressive saves in goal while Aidan Mega, Brandon Gicquel, Caleb Spreckels, and David Choi kept the Knights off the board for the final 75 minutes of the game.

The Bears return to the pitch tomorrow night in a Friday night battle with cross town rival Port Jeff.


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