Groton School - 4
Cushing Academy - 1
On a beautiful Saturday day to celebrate Family Weekend, the Cushing Thirds Boys’ Soccer Penguins welcomed The Groton School Zebras to Ashburnham for a match on Adams Field.
In a game where Cushing found the ball in their defensive third for the majority of the contest, and playing with only two subs, the Penguins relied heavily on the work of their backline. Led by Yusuke Hirota ‘20 and Isaac Adegoke ‘22, the defense included a number of different Penguins on this day, with particularly impressive stints from Phong Chu ‘21, Masayuki Yamazaki ‘23, and Leo Chen ‘22.
In the opening minutes of the match, Groton possessed the ball with a great deal of success. After weathering a bevy of scoring chances, the Penguins cleared out and attacked on a quick counter. The ball was played up the left side, where Ben Ellis ‘22 advanced possession into the offensive third, finding Jesse Asasa ‘22 who then crossed the ball in to Binghan Yan ‘23. Yan put the exclamation mark on the fantastic Penguin passing by putting the ball into the back of the net to give the Penguins the early lead!
Before too long, however, Groton's relentless offensive pressure broke through and scored on a breakaway with a lofted shot that just made its way over the keeper's extended arms, knotting the score at 1-1. Over the course of the first half, however, Penguin goalkeeper Jay Lincoln ‘22 consistently put himself into great positions to make plays, denying Groton left and right, including an incredible catch on a point-blank strike with only a couple minutes remaining in the half.
Coming out for the second half, with the score still tied at 1 apiece, the Penguins made some changes on the field. Most notably, Jackson Wang ‘23 took over in net, hoping to build on a great performance from Lincoln in the first half. Additionally, left wing Danny Kissane ‘20 made his presence known early and often in the half, sprinting up and down the pitch to provide support on both the offensive and defensive fronts.
Central midfielders JoJo Agbemadzo ‘21 and Pedro Vilela ‘22 did a fantastic job all game of helping to control the pace of play, utilizing their foot skills and field vision to orchestrate the Penguin offense.
In the end, however, fresh legs prevailed, and Groton recorded a 4-1 victory on this day. In a game of relentless effort, the Penguins battled hard and never wavered.
Heading into the long weekend, Cushing looks to gear up for a rematch, as they will travel to Groton on Wednesday, October 23rd with an opportunity to settle the score. Stay tuned for the 3:15pm match-up on Wednesday!
Season Record to Date: 1-6-1