Boys soccer finishes first in conference

With the season on the line, Kelvin Zinck lines up for what could be his final kick of the season. After a moment, he runs up and blast the ball so hard that it goes into the back of the net winning the penalty shootout advancing Hagerty to it’s first ever Regional win against Olympia.

On Jan, 11, the boys soccer team concluded their final home game of the season with a dominant 5-0 win over Oviedo. The boys team ended the regular season with a 13-1-2 record and 11-1-2 in the conference. The team was undefeated at home with an 8-0-0 record. The team defeated Olympia in the district Quarter finals to advance to the Regional semifinals for the first time in school history.

“This year’s group is all about success as a team. We have seven players who have recorded over 15 points so it is hard for other teams to stop us,” said head coach Micheal McAvoy.

The team’s early success came from winning key home games, including close victories against Seminole and Lake Mary. The boys team has given up very few goals at home and recorded several shuts outs including Oviedo and Seminole.

Although the team has had great success, they could not hold off Lake Mary late in the season. Despite the loss, the boys team finished out the season strong by defeating Lyman and, according to Max Preps finished the season ranked first in the state of Florida (5A class) and ranked 20th in the nation. The boys team will rematch Lake Mary in the Regional playoffs.

After the win against Olympia, the team clinched a spot in the Regionals semi finals on Feb. 9th against Lake Mary. The leading scorers for the boys team include forward Park Wick, Midfielder Connor O’Malley and forward Collin Miller.

“Our team has played extremely well throughout our season. We have all worked very hard for where we are now, and are ready for the playoffs,” Miller said.

A big part of to the team’s success is the back line. The group does not allow many fast break points, and always tried to control possession of the ball. The team has only given up 11 goals in 15 matches, including a shut out in their last home game against Lyman  Defensive players goalkeeper Abdul Muqeet, defender David Dickerson, defender Stuart Boyd, defender David Boyd, and midfielder O’Malley have stood out on defense.

“We have had an amazing season on both sides of the ball, improving our wins to 13,” Wick said.

Against Olympia, the team came out aggressively by controlling possession of the ball and constantly attacking. neither team found the back of the net and both defenses stopped all shots, keeping it 0-0 leading into halftime.

In the second half, Olympia quickly scored the first goal of the game from the left side of the box. late in the game, Zinck converted the game tying goal off a penalty kick after Wick was fouled in the box. After overtime, the boys team won the game after making kick in a penalty shootout.

“We have rebounded nicely and are in good form heading into the semi finals,” McAvoy said.