Doane Academy shut down Solebury School boys’ soccer, 3-1, on Saturday. Doane outshot the Spartans, 14-12. Dakota Morrow amassed eight saves for Solebury, which fell to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the Penn-Jersey League. “With the score knotted at one at the half, Doane Academy put the pressure on and came away with two second-half goals. Strong efforts for Solebury were delivered by Matt Ludak and Jiri Valtr,” Spartans head coach Eric Soroka said.
Solebury School girls’ soccer fell by a 1-0 count Saturday to Doane Academy. “The field was pretty rough to play on, extremely bumpy with high grass patches all over, especially by the goals,” Spartans head coach Lisa Bernardini said. “Doane got a little shot off on the ground and it seemed to hit a bump that threw our ’keeper, Tavorsia Talley, off a bit and she wasn’t able to get to it. Overall, though, we played great. We kept them to one goal in the first half, and denied any chances the rest of the game. Carol Wright really stepped up and made some great tackles today in the back, and the whole back line in general worked really well together. Serious improvements are being seen.”
Villa Victoria Academy came out firing with four goals in the first half in a 4-2 victory Thursday over Solebury School girls’ soccer. “Solebury’s second half was a big improvement,” Spartans head coach Lisa Bernardini said. “The defense really stepped up in the second half, denying crosses and making some great saves by our ’keeper, Tavorsia Talley. Maya Brewington nailed a shot from about 10 yards behind the 18-yard box that went right under the crossbar and past the goal; it was a beauty. Hadiyyah Graves (Solebury) scored by getting a great through-ball pass by Maya Brewington, and she beat her defender and got a little breakaway and kicked it to the left corner of the goal.”
Life Center had its way Thursday with Solebury School boys’ soccer. The Spartans fell, 6-0. Life Center took 16 more shots than Solebury, 20-4. Dakota Morrow blocked 12 shots for the Spartans. “Solebury faced an incredibly skilled Life Center team with their offense firing on all cylinders. Four first-half goals from the visitors set the pace for the match. Dakota Morrow and Jiri Valtr played well for the Spartans,” Solebury head coach Eric Soroka said.
Milo Luciano scored two goals as Solebury School boys’ soccer tripped up Abington Friends, 4-1, on Wednesday. Also scoring for the Spartans were Matt Ludak (from Quan Le) and Matt Keefe (on a penalty kick in the 68th minute). Lucas Santiago and Cornelius de Weever assisted on Luciano’s tallies. Abington Friends finished with more shots, 14-12, but Solebury goalkeeper Dakota Morrow repeatedly came up with huge saves, finishing with 10. The Spartans are 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the Penn Jersey league. “Ben Slattery and Carlos Lewis-Miller anchored the defense for Solebury,” head coach Eric Soroka said.
Solebury School girls’ soccer fell to Villa Victoria Academy, 4-1, Friday. Captain Hadiyyah Graves scored Solebury’s lone goal with a midfield assist by fellow captain Cassidy Patterson. Graves touched the ball upfield and finished it with a hard shot from the outside. Patterson created several opportunities by dribbling up the field and taking shots, but was unable to build the score. Villa Victoria senior Katie Hager netted a hat trick. The Spartans will have a chance against Villa again in their next away game on Sept. 26.
Isaac Rosenthal scored in the 51st minute as Princeton Day School edged Solebury School boys’ soccer, 1-0, on Thursday. PDS outshot the Spartans, 24-2. Goalkeeper Dakota Morrow kept Solebury in the game with 14 saves. “Solebury implemented a disciplined defensive game plan that frustrated the hosts for most of the game,” head coach Eric Soroka said. “A total team effort was needed from Solebury to keep the talented PDS squad from getting its offense going. Jiri Valtr, Matt Keefe, Lucas Santiago and Carlos Lewis-Miller played exceptionally well for Solebury.”
Solebury School girls’ soccer fell in overtime Thursday to Life Center Academy, 1-0. Spartans head coach Lisa Bernardini offered: “Great defense play on both ends. Solebury’s defensive line was a strong force today; they are getting tighter as a unit every game by detesting breakaways, crosses and through balls, as well as working together and covering each other. The midfielders and forwards put a lot of great passes together, including give and gos, passes to feet and perfect through balls. Tavorsia Talley stepped up once again and made some amazing saves. She has been doing a great job of deciding when to leave the goal and go out to grab the ball, whether she’s being pressured by the opponents or not.”
Solebury School girls’ soccer lost to George School, 8-0, on Tuesday. “We played a great first half, keeping George School to only one goal,” Spartans head coach Lisa Bernardini said. “The defensive line really stepped up and stayed strong in the back. Tavorsia Talley had 23 saves and one great save on a fast-break by George School. We have been working on her stepping forward towards the fast-breakers, and she did exactly that and saved it. Tri-captain Julie Meisinger-MacDonald was a big force in the back for us, too. She stayed back a little further this game to help intercept any fast-break chances, so we really improved by limiting those opportunities for our opponent. Although this was a tough game, teams like this are really preparing us well for our in-league opponents.”
Matt Ludak scored two goals and Dakota Morrow registered eight saves as Solebury School boys’ soccer beat Friends Select, 3-1, on Tuesday. The game was tied, 1-1, at halftime. Milo Luciano also found the back of the net for the Spartans, who held a slim, 17-16 margin in shots on goal. “Ben Slattery-Goldberg and Carlos Lewis-Miller had impressive outings to lead the Spartans defense,” Solebury head coach Eric Soroka said.