BY OLIVIA LEWIS
The Cooper City boys varsity soccer team made their way to McArthur High School, playing them for the second time this season. The boys were confident going into the game, especially since they had beat them before. By working hard throughout the entire game, the boys won with a score of 3-0.
The boys took the field after screaming their cheer and waited for the game whistle to be blown. As soon as the whistle sounded, the boys took off and started defending. The Mustangs were able to pass it a few times before the Cowboys’ midfield intercepted the ball and passed it around to other Cooper players in an attempt to tire out McArthur. Eventually, the defenders were able to find the forwards and passed them the ball. Mateo Upegui received the ball from one of his teammates and set up to take a shot. He hit it from 30 yards out and was able to land the ball into the back of the net, creating a surge of excitement amongst the Cowboys. The ball started again at the half, with the Cowboys pressuring hard against the Mustangs. There were 20 minutes left in the first half and the Cowboys continued to give it their all. The defenders connected passes with the midfielders, who then connected with the forwards. Noah Gannon received the ball and passed it to Greg Satinover, who then dribbled the ball down the field and took a shot, scoring a goal for Cooper City. McArthur had a few chances, but could not finish any of them. The Cowboys were able to finish the first half in the lead with a score of 2-0.
In the second half, the Cowboys continued to work hard towards victory. They dominated the entire second half, passing penetrating balls through the midfield and finding the forwards’ feet. McArthur attempted to gain possession of the ball many times but was unable to. Cooper City calmed the game down, trying to run the time out. With a few minutes left in the second half, Upegui received a ball from his teammate and began run down the field. He managed to get passed the McArthur’s outside back, crossing the ball in. The ball landed perfectly at Bryan Rios’ feet, allowing him to take a shot. He kicked it with as much power as he had, scoring the third goal for the Cowboys. The game was in the Cowboys’ hands by then. The Mustangs tried to take shots on goal, but they were stopped by the center backs for the Cowboys. The game whistle finally blew, concluding the second half.
“I believe the team has been doing really well this year,” Gio Abril said. “As long as we continue to play like this, we will have a good chance at districts and hopefully regionals.”
The Cowboys took home another win, which was exhilarating for them. They look forward to playing and hopefully winning, their next game against Flanagan on Wednesday, December 6.
Final score: Cooper City 3, McArthur 0
Photo by Benjamin Milgram