On October 16, with just under six minutes left to play on the dust bowl that serves as the Greenport soccer field, Ross striker Kei Maeyama latched onto a perfect through ball from Fuad Rassi Neto and buried it in the far left corner. The goal sealed a dramatic 2–1, come-from-behind finish, clinching Ross JV boys soccer’s first undefeated regular season and the league 8 championship.
While every player on the side contributed great things, the strike force of Kei, Fuad, and Alex Lawson bagged many goals, with the tireless Jan Menke heaping coal into the engine in midfield. And in the back, when not moonlighting as a striker, Jiahui Guo marshaled the defense. Other season highlights included a YouTube-worthy goal from Jamie Buksh from just inside midfield, King Sun taking over the crucial role of sweeper at certain times, and Pedro Marcello fighting through a hamstring injury and still contributing great things from the midfield. All season long, players made sacrifices for the team, none greater than the hyperathletic Eisei Maeyama, who played out of his natural midfield position in goal to give the team a chance to win every game.
After dominating the JV league, Ross soccer will look to field both a JV and a varsity team next season, continuing the teamwork and cooperation exhibited this year by players from more than 10 different countries, both boarders and day students, who ranged in age from 12 to 18.
We encourage every boy at Ross to come out and be a part of our future success next season. Pickup soccer will resume when the weather gets warmer, and any Ross student looking to play club soccer outside of school should email Coach O’Halloran for more information.