Game of the Week: Varsity men’s soccer falls to Gilman


Photo Courtesy of Reiley Overend

Senior midfielder Seth Anderson looks to play the ball down the sideline during a game against Gilman on Oct. 14. The varsity men’s soccer team fell short 0-1, making their in-conference record 4-8.

Men’s varsity soccer fell to Gilman 0-1 on Oct. 14.

JC statistically won both ball possession and number of shots, particularly in the second half. “We outplayed them by a little in the first half, but absolutely dominated them in the second,” senior defender Nick Hinke said. “The ball was on their [Gilman’s] side of the field about 99% of the time in the second half.”

JC also led Gilman in shots on goal. “We had ample opportunities but were unable to convert in the final third of the field,” assistant coach Rodney Johnson said. Gilman scored on their one chance, a tap in off a head ball played back across the mouth of the goal from a free kick with 10 minutes left in the half.

However, JC didn’t lose hope. They continued attacking. Senior midfielder Seth Anderson barely missed a volley attempt right after Gilman scored. From there more and more opportunities kept presenting themselves.

“The game was very fast and physical between both teams,” senior defender Jevan Leyh said.

JC was knocking on the door the whole second half, getting chance after chance but failing to finish. Senior midfielder Matt Hammons had three headers on goal, and junior midfielder Jake Krieger took a hard, dipping shot from 25 yards out, but the keeper made a good save to send it out for a corner.

“That last pass would get cut out, or we’d get a lot of corners, or we’d barely miss shots,” Hinke said. “It was really frustrating.”

Moving on, JC hits the road all of this week travelling to Archbishop Spalding on Monday, Oct. 17, Loyola on Wednesday, Oct. 19, and North Harford on Thursday, Oct. 20.
“It was a tough loss, but we need to regroup and get three points on Monday,” Hinke said