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Narain’s Hat Trick Tames Wolverines

October 2, 2018

On Friday night the boys’ soccer team improved to 4-1-1 in PSAA play with a 5-2 win over the Waldorf School of Garden City. It marked the Bears’ third straight Homecoming victory by an aggregate of 21-6 including a 9-4 win over Ross in 2017 and 7-0 win over Smithtown Christian in 2016.

The Bears came out a little flat and got a wake-up call when Waldorf drew first blood less than five minutes into the game. Ten minutes later, Jai Narain equalized when Caleb Spreckels sent a booming kick forward that Narain volleyed over the keeper, then into the net. The Bears had numerous chances over the remaining 25 minutes of the half but were bogged down with a frustrating number of close offside calls and near misses. The squads headed into the half knotted at 1-1.

The Bears continued to apply pressure in the early moments of the second half and finally broke through when Owen Sobel sent a pass along the six-yard box to Ryan Eikenes who smoked a lefty strike into the upper left corner of the goal to give the Brook a huge lift. The goal seemed to spark the Bears who tucked away two more in short order. Just over a minute later, Narain took matters into his own hands when he intercepted a goal kick and buried a shot past the exposed keeper for a 3-1 advantage. 33 seconds later, the Bears struck a mortal wound when Spreckels sent a free kick nearly 50 yards into the box where Narain took it off one bounce and headed it over the keeper to give him his fourth career hat trick. Three goals. 1:48.

The Wolverines responded with a score of their own five minutes later, but the Blue & White defense allowed no more. Mo Romeus banged home the Bears’ final tally with 3:00 left thanks to a great pass from John Chang, who streaked up the left sideline. Lael Kutame recorded 3 saves between the posts.

With the win the Bears solidified their position at #2 in the PSAA East Division. They look ahead to a key match-up on Wednesday at Long Island Lutheran.

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