The hot run of the Fountain Valley Boys Varsity Soccer Team came to a close last Saturday at the 2A State Playoff Semi-Finals against Telluride. With an unorthodox goal three minutes into overtime, the Miners took the game 3-2 and are now on their way to the 2018 State Finals against Crested Butte.
Fired up from the four consecutive wins coming into semis, the Danes charged into All-City Stadium in Denver ready to do some damage. Right off the bat, forward and lead scorer Aly Kassam ’19 managed to catapult the Danes into the lead early in the game with two goals. The quick lead was a morale booster but may have aided in the team’s overconfidence and laxness in their gameplay thereafter, as they failed to score again for the remainder of the game. The Miners squeezed a goal in right before half-time and another at the end of the second half, tying the game and pushing into overtime.
By this time, the Telluride momentum train of larger, hungrier boys had hit full speed. The Miners launched a rapid-fire, offensive attack that overwhelmed the Danes, eventually locking in a final shot over the head of the FVS goalie, ending the game.
With a season wrap-up of 12-5, the Fountain Valley players have a lot to be proud of. Kassam ended his high school soccer career with 30 total goals for the season, beating out his teammates, setting a new boys soccer Fountain Valley School record for goals scored in a single season, and making him the highest scorer in any class in Colorado.
FVS goalkeepers Jackson Blaylock ’21 and Jacob Thomassen ’20 had the fifth and sixth highest save percentages in the state, and Emmitt Sherer ’22 was the top freshman player in assists.
Assistant Coach Tim McCann expressed how excited he is for next year’s roster of players.
“Even though we’re losing some key players (Kassam, Dixon, and Haynes), we have some young guys with a lot of talent,” said McCann. With players like Jo Ota ’20, Shuto Ushijima ’22 and Emmitt Sherer ’22, we have big plans to really go deep next year.”
With the opening of the Julie and Spencer Penrose Sports Center last weekend and Futsol (indoor soccer) being introduced as another winter school sport, soccer coaches plan on kicking their training into high gear.
Photos by Mark Pattee P ’17, ’21