Friday, November 19, 1999
Carlisle co-ed soccer team succeeds with entertaining style
The Carlisle Middle School soccer team recently completed a strong season, powered by the leadership and scoring ability of its eighth graders. The team scored 27 goals in 10 games, nearly twice as many as it scored last season, while gaining four more victories than the year before.
In midfield and at forward, four eighth graders led the way for the Huskies. At right forward, Chris Rice scored 11 goals this year, including two consecutive hat tricks against Hanscom and Parker. His excellent finishing ability was complemented by the passing skill of left forward, Rory Moulton, who tied for the team lead in assists with three, and added one goal. At center midfield, Tyler Davis showcased his ability to control the pace of a game. He added six goals and two assists. Playing from a defensive midfield position, Robbie Clark used his strong leg to blast four goals this year. He also racked up three assists. Other scorers this year included Steve Chehames (two goals, one assist), whose nifty moves kept the other teams off balance; Mark Hassey (one goal, two assists), whose bicycle pass against Lincoln set up the most spectacular goal of the year; and Sam O'Keefe (two goals), whose goal against Concord clinched an important win.
Many others contributed to this season's success. Goalkeeping duties were shared by four players. Most of the work was done by two players. Mark Hassey showed outstanding athletic ability in the goal. Alex Jeffers was skilled at directing and organizing the defense. The defense was led by the strong play of experienced eighth graders. Alyssa Casey used her strong tackling ability to shut down the other team's left side for long stretches. Chris Wester used his speed and quick judgment as sweeper back. Adam Tambone was solid defensively at left back and also a threat to move up and shoot on goal. Chris Rainville and Josey Kirkland, joined the team this year as eighth graders, and both were steady performers on the outside of the defense. David Nelson, whose strength and toughness were invaluable to the defense, and Caleb Hsieh, who became a solid performer, especially on high balls, were also new to the team this year. Brett Carpenter, a seventh grader, played on the team for a second year, and became a steady performer in the middle of the defense and in midfield.
In midfield, Mary Snell provided highly intelligent positional play and excellent passing. Will Scarlett showed that he can play well at the most important position on the field, center midfield. Steve Tang was often on the spot to collect loose balls and begin the attack again from his defensive midfield position. Sanjay Trehan teamed up all season with his linemate, Steve Chehames, and the two will be back to provide most of the scoring for Carlisle next year.
The team's success lay in its attacking, quick-passing style. Many goals were scored as the result of fast yet intelligent forays on offense. The experienced players who played through a difficult 1998 season experienced great success this year and provided great entertainment for all who watched.
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