BY OLIVIA LEWIS
The boys varsity soccer team competed against Miramar High School on Wednesday, January 10 at Cooper City High School. Although the weather conditions were rough during their game, the boys team still managed to come out with a win. They played all 80 minutes, winning the game with a score of 3-1.
The boys came out strong, stripping the Patriots of the ball quickly. They passed the ball through the midfield, looking for forwards, Ethan Muncan and Brandon Bermudez, to make runs. The Patriots attempted to take the ball from the Cowboys but were unsuccessful. Cooper City was dominating the first quarter of the game, having many opportunities to score but in the end neither team was able to land a goal.
During the second quarter, a Cooper City player was fouled in the 18-yard box, giving them a penalty kick. Senior Noah Gannon took it, but missed. The game began to go back and forth towards the end of the second half, but the Cowboy’s center back shut down all of the opposing team’s forwards.
After the halftime talk, both teams took the field and got ready for the second half. The Patriots gained possession of the ball and moved it up the field. The Cowboy defense held strong, stopping every opportunity the other team had. Soon after the start, sophomore Chris Will took the ball down the line and crossed it in. Senior Ethan Muncan made a diving header, scoring the first goal of the game. The Patriots tried to score a goal immediately after, but missed the shot. Muncan received the ball and found Will making a run, giving him a wide open goal. The score was 2-0 at water break. Miramar came out stronger in the last 20 minutes of the game. They passed the ball in the final third of the field, with one of their players getting fouled. The player took the free kick and scored, making the score 2-1. With a few minutes left in the game, Gannon received the ball from defense and dribbled it down the field. He crossed the ball in and a Miramar player hit the ball into their own goal, ending the game with a score of 3-1.
“I think we have had our ups and downs this season,” junior Gio Abril said. “But with practice, we have gotten a lot better.”
Final score: Cooper City 3, Miramar 1
Photo by Benjamin Milgram