Blue Devils Soccer Falls to James Monroe
By DANIEL PARKER
Jun 5, 2017, 14:52
Joseph Poitras tries to escape two James Monroe defenders.
Boonsong Paxton fights to take the ball from a Yellow Jackets defender.
The Blue Devils kept fighting, pushing and hustling in the face of a large lead.
That was the impression James Monroe High School Yellow Jacket’s Soccer Coach Shamus Gordon, got from the Hopewell Blue Devils Soccer Team Regional Quarter Finals match.
“They fought, they never gave up; that was the biggest thing,” said Shamus Gordon, James Monroe Soccer Coach. “You’ve got to respect a team that even when they’re losing keeps hustling and keeps pushing.
Seven minutes in, the Yellow Jackets were already up with one goal. For the first half, the Yellow Jackets controlled the field, keeping possession for the majority of the game. Hopewell Blue Devils broke through to the other field on several occasions, Felipe Navarro broke through down field with two score attempts, but the Yello Jackets would quickly take control of the field.
During the 2nd half, the Hopewell Blue Devils amped-up their game despite a three goal lead by James Monroe, but the Yellow Jacket’s kept their dominance of the field. Even with Blue Devils, Owen Aprahamian, a giant of a goalie, who blocked 14 score attempts throughout the game, the Yellow jackets won 6 to 0. Breaking past Blue Devils Goalie Aprahamian meant aiming low for the Yellow Jackets.
“They have a really big good goal keeper it’s all about trying to keep it low,” said Coach Gordon “So he’s got to work to his disadvantage because anything up high is going to be his world.”
Like Hopewell, James Monroe High School has seen recent success with their soccer program. This year would be the first time ever for Hopewell to become Conference Champions, while James Monroe has had two back-to-back years of success on the field.
“These kids turned around a program that was 2-and-12 into a winning team with three conference titles, a regional title, and a state appearance,” said the James Monroe Soccer Coach. “It’s all in these kids.”