Breaking through

After five consecutive trips to the M.I.A.A. semifinals – and 17 years without a championship – the 13th (state) ranked Boys Varsity Soccer team on Sunday, November 5 defeated Concordia Prep, 4-1, under the lights at Anne Arundel Community College. The Saints dominated the field early in the contest but momentum shifted when Paul Benzer ’18 scored the game’s first goal with a header off a Patrick Linehan ’18 throw. Moments later freshman Ned Forbush ’21 scored on a perfect Mike Klausner ’18 cross. The Quakers’ third goal for the half came from Klausner, who converted on a saved shot fired from Stephen Bogusky ’18.

Friends’ lead jumped to 4-0 in the second half with a Concordia own goal, created by another Klausner shot. With less than 26 minutes to play, the Saints finally got on the scoreboard. In an interview with Varsity Sports Network coach Philip Greatwich said, "I’ve seen crazier things happen, but we are a mature team. There was no way we were losing today with the nine seniors we have and I am so proud and happy for the boys after all the heartache we have had the last four years.”

Sunday's game marked Friends' third M.I.A.A. championship this season. In addition to Varsity Soccer, the Varsity Cross Country team earned its third consecutive conference title on Wednesday, October 31, and the JV Boys Soccer team on Tuesday, October 31 defeated Boys' Latin to win the title. In the I.A.A.M. championship game on Sunday, November 5, the Girls Field Hockey team lost to Park.
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