This afternoon, the boys’ soccer team overcame an early deficit with six second half goals in a 7-4 victory over Our Savior New American School in their inaugural PSAA match.
The Bears fell behind 0-2 in the early going, but Owen Sobel halved the lead with a heel kick on the doorstep courtesy of a header from Jai Narain. However, they failed to build on their momentum, allowing another goal by the Pioneers as they went into the half trailing, 1-3.
With the Bears in need of a lift, they turned to a familiar catalyst in Narain. After Our Savior found the crossbar on a corner kick, the senior volleyed Lael Kutame’s scorched drop kick right over the keeper to pull the Brook within 2-3. Minutes later, Tiger Winston continued his deadly free kick streak with a perfectly placed ball that Sobel poked home to equalize, 3-3. Aidan Mega stole a potential goal away from the Pioneers with a great hustle play, paving the way for the Bears’ first lead minutes later when Brandon Gicquel found the net after a scrum in the box. The Bears were unable to hold the lead as Our Savior equalized, 4-4, but the boys had one more three-goal run in them.
After Gicquel cleared a shot off of the Bear goal line, Narain gave the Blues the lead for good, turning a deft Sobel pass into a tidy shot that found the back left corner. Winston gave the Brook some more breathing room when he rocketed a failed clear attempt into the upper right corner from the edge of the 18-yard box for a sensational strike. Narain closed off the scoring, and completed his third career hat trick, when he stole the ball in the backfield and tucked a shot past the keeper for his fifth goal of the season. Kutame anchored a stout defense in the second half with 7 saves.
With the win, the Bears improve to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in the PSAA. They are back in action this afternoon in a league match-up at Portledge.