The Junior boys soccer team, in a promising start to the season, opened its account September 18 vs GNS.
On a glorious fall afternoon, SMUS settled some early nerves when Hari Ikonomou slotted home a penalty kick. A number of good GNS scoring chances were then thwarted thanks to sound defensive work by Jonathan Sudul and two key saves by goalkeeper Jasper Bosley.
In the second half, well supported by fellow co-captain Alex Keech, Ikonomou notched two more goals as the team confirmed a 3-0 victory.
Next up was a key matchup versus a powerful and athletic Claremont side. In what proved a very exciting contest, SMUS, for long periods, matched its more fancied opponents in every way. Indeed, Jonas Robinson and then Joe Johnson staked the Blue Jags to 1-0 and 2-1 leads. Unfortunately, this was not to last, with the Spartans drawing level again midway through the second half before heading home the winner from a free kick with seven minutes remaining.
Kudos to those SMUS Grade 9 players who came straight from a rugby match vs St. George’s to also take part in the soccer. Similar commitment will again be required this weekend when SMUS hosts the ISA Tournament.