Friday, November 30, 2001
CC Strikers test strong Woburn, North Reading soccer teams
The Concord-Carlisle Boys Under 12 Strikers finished the soccer season with two strong performances against division leading Woburn and North Reading teams. Early in the season, a skilled and disciplined Woburn team dominated the Strikers 6-1. In the return match at Emerson Field, which Woburn won 3-1, the Striker defense held up admirably despite consistent pressure. The Woburn attack included numerous two and three pass penetrations, as well several perfectly placed corner kicks, two of which resulted in goals.
Likewise, the Strikers played even up at North Reading last Saturday, succumbing 2-1 after a tough, even battle played largely in the North Reading end. Fast and aggressive at every position, North Reading had enjoyed the run of play in the season's first battle. But in the return match, the Strikers held even in the first half and repeatedly penetrated mid-field throughout the game, including a goal from forward Sam Williams after Nathaniel Miller's quickly-taken free kick caught North Reading on its heels.
Showing substantial improvement for a young, newly formed team, the Strikers finished the season with two victories, a tie, and five losses in Division 1 play. While players performed at various positions throughout the season, particularly strong offensive contributions were registered by John Chappell, Armon Ayandeh, Jason Mestancik, Max Ono and Alex Litwin. At midfield, Henry Butman, JB Henderson, Tony Lania, Nathaniel Miller, Sam Williams, Ari Zyskind and Patrick Mara consistently demonstrated grit, hustle and stamina.
At the defensive end, standout contributors were Charlie Morrison, Julian Martinez, Zander Pease, David Tekle, and Greg Williams. Throughout the season, multiple players provided exceptional goal keeping. The Concord-Carlisle Strikers, coached this fall by Rick Miller, Jack Henderson and Hagos Tekle, will resume play in the spring.
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