On Thursday night the Masuk boys varsity soccer team led by captains Roger Fekete, Chris Simoulidis and Riley O’Donnell took on Kolbe-Cathedral in a non-conference game on Benedict Field.
In the first two minutes, junior Kasper Murzinski scored off a beautiful corner kick from senior Hadara Sisay. The momentum did not stop there. Fekete followed up just minutes later, blasting a ball from 20 yards out past the goalie.
Masuk kept the fire throughout the first half, with one more goal from Murzinski, and another goal from just over half field by Fekete. The other two goals were scored by juniors Tristan Pike and Owen Correll. Koble’s center midfield was no match to the trio, Fekete, Murzinski and Pike. Kolbe could not produce a solid attack, leaving keeper Simoulidis with little to do. The final score was 6-0 Masuk.
In the second half, Coach Brendan Cavanaugh utilized his whole bench, allowing all the underclassmen and JV players to play.
“We got the result we wanted, and we got to put some more JV players in, which is good,” Fekete said. “Coach said that he wanted to start from the offense and then work his way down. So first we started our JV players at offense, then moved to midfield, and then filled out the defense. Everyone got to play.”
In games like this, Masuk can include non-varsity players without punishment. They gain valuable game experience to help grow confidence on a varsity field.
“It was good for the younger kids to experience the varsity game and acknowledge what it’s like,” Fekete added.
The boys, currently sitting with a record of 2-1-1, hold second place in the Southwest Colonial Conference.
“We started off slow with a 2-0 loss in Weston, but we bounced back with a 3-0 shutout in New Milford, and then tied a pretty good Pomperaug team, a tough game to win,” explained goalkeeper and captain Simoulidis.
Once again, the Masuk boys prove to be a strong team, gaining some very important results.
“One of our goals is to qualify for the state tournament like we did last year,” said Simoludis. “We had a pretty good standing, and we’re looking to get a home game for states. We also want to win SWC’s, we have a really good shot at that. We just wanna win.”
Make sure to support the boys on their road to SWC’s, this Friday at 7:15pm on Benedict Field.