JV boys soccer team falls short to Terra Linda at final whistle

Sophomore Elliot Smith races downfield to beat out a Terra Linda defender.

Ellis Chamberlin

Sophomore Elliot Smith races downfield to beat out a Terra Linda defender.

The AWHS JV boys soccer team took on Terra Linda High School (TL) on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at the Red Hill field. The game ended in a loss for the Falcons with a final score of 2-0 in favor of TL. The Falcons had 5 wins, 4 losses, and 1 tie coming into this game and, hoping to improve this record, they fell short. 

“We definitely had our moments [today]. We should have been playing up to the potential that I know these boys can play at,” said JV Coach Henry DeLeon.

TL held the ball for most of the first half, only allowing AWHS one shot in the entire half. TL’s first of two goals was the result of an open offensive player with a free shot.   

“I would say the majority of the game we could have been doing a lot better, we were kinda waiting for their first move and we weren’t dominating the game, we were letting them dominate,” said sophomore team captain Micah Arnold.

After a tough first half, the second half began a momentum shift in favor of AWHS. The Falcons were able to hold the ball and take more shots on the goal. A costly mistake coming in the form of an own-goal provided TL with their second score.

“Our weak points in this game were when we tried to force the ball up the line to try and go for a big play, when we did this we weren’t fast enough and it would go right to the keeper on the other team,” Micah said. 

Coach DeLeon felt the energy was low throughout the game, and hopes their sidelines can be more positive in future games. 

“The energy from the bench could have been a lot better, I think it got a little negative towards the end of the game for whatever reason and we need to eliminate that,” Coach DeLeon said.

The team is preparing for their next game on Thursday, Jan. 20 against Acalanes High School, where they hope to come back from this loss and improve their overall record to 6 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie.

“Looking forward we need to bounce back from this loss, work better together as a team, and stay positive,” said sophomore Anders Jacobs-Frithiof.