The JV REDS final game was played at home, and the Marauders hoped to avenge their previous loss. Jesuit came out on the defensive, and never seemed to fall into their rhythm of play. Keeper Ian Menz was taken out early in the game on a questionable no-call. Franklin had many more opportunities in the first half, as Jesuit just wasn’t putting any shots up. The Wildcats put one in and were leading 1-0 at halftime. The Marauders played with a little more urgency in the second half, and after a handball in the penalty area, were awarded a PK. Joey Afsari buried it and brought the score even.
In the final week of the season, the JV Red traveled to Pleasant Grove to play the Eagles. It was a cold rainy day and the team arrived at a field that was a complete mud pit. Pleasant Grove scored early on an unfortunate mud-aided miscommunication. The Marauders couldn’t put any offense together and was unsuccessful adapting to the poor conditions. The Eagles put in another long shot which squirted in before halftime. Down 2-0, the JV Red dug in and played mud-ball.
The Marauders came to Davis last Friday after a record 3-game cancellation streak, as Whitney, University, and Elk Grove were unable to play. While it was another rainy matchup, a muddy field would not be a factor this time, as this game was played on turf. Jesuit was hoping to best the Blue Devils after their 1-1 tie last time. Two minutes into the game Joey Afsari was taken down in the box for a PK. He placed his shot in the right corner and the Marauders took an early lead. Unfortunately, that call proved to be one of the few called in Jesuit’s favor all game.
During a welcome break in the rain, the JV Red visited Sheldon High School on Wednesday. The last time these two teams played was before Christmas, and the Marauders were hoping for another victorious outing. Jesuit came out strong, and only two minutes into the game Ryan Young sent a through ball straight up the middle, and Sam Berry put it away after a footrace. Play evened out for the half, although Sheldon wasn’t able to mount much offense. In the 34th minute, a shot by Alexander Maguire was redirected in by a defender.
On Wednesday, the Marauders were on the road visiting Franklin. In a nice break from playing on a muddy, JHS field, the Reds were on the Wildcats’ turf. The Wildcats came out fighting, hitting the crossbar in the opening minutes. On a quick counter-attack a few minutes later, Anthony Alvarado passed it to Jordan Anyimi running step-for-step and Anyimi slotted it away. The JV Red was dodging bullets all half and was able to go into half up 1-0.
The JV Reds hosted Cosumnes Oaks on Friday for a rematch of a competitive (3-2) game earlier in the season. This game was played on a muddy (and smaller) Lower Field as the Upper Field was unplayable. The Wolfpack came out strong and benefitted from a handball called in the penalty area, bringing the score 1-0 only 7 minutes into the game. After a couple near-goals by the Reds, Alexander Maguire had a powerful volley off a keeper punch and tied it up 1-1 at the 14th minute. Five minutes later, Maguire found Jordan Anyimi for a goal, taking the lead.
This is another 3-game week for the JV Red. On Monday, Pleasant Grove visited the muddy Jesuit upper field. Less than two minutes into the game, Diego Perez was taken down in the box and awarded a PK. He took his own shot, and made his first Jesuit goal count. Neither team mounted many offensive threats in the first half. In the second half, play continued to be mainly in the middle of the field, although the Marauders did a better job controlling play. Finally, the Marauders had a little breathing room after Alexander Maguire cleaned up a bobbled keeper save.
In a much-anticipated game the Marauders hosted Davis last Friday. The muddy conditions proved problematic for both teams as it often served as an extra defender, stopping both shots and passes dead in their tracks. Davis struck first, which was not a position the JV Red has become accustomed to. Undeterred, Jesuit battled on, and was rewarded with a goal when Sam Berry passed it to Joey Afsari who all but carried it in, to make sure the mud didn’t keep it from crossing the line. Later in the game both teams had chances, but neither could overcome the mud and convert.
On Monday, the Marin Academy Wildcats visited Jesuit and likely wished they never made the trip. In the 9th minute Joey Afsari pulled it back from the end-line and found Jordan Anyimi to begin the scoring session. One minute later Anyimi cleaned up a bobbled ball by the keeper, and right after that Afsari got his own on a shot from way out. While the muddy conditions made passing problematic, the Marauders powered through scoring goals. With 18 minutes to go Michael Roush found Afsari on a through ball for a goal.
The JV Reds started off the New Year with a bang as they headed to Atwater this week to face the Falcons. Jesuit wasted no time and scored within the first three minutes when Joey Afsari sent a through ball to Jordan Anyimi who put it away. Afsari’s next assist came five minutes later when his pass to Alexander Maguire was put away with a pretty, left-footed shot. In the 14th minute, Sam Berry carried the ball from half in a foot race which brought the score 3-0.
In their last game before Christmas Break, the Marauders hosted Sheldon High School. The JV Reds got off to a slow start offensively, although they did maintain most of the possession. Keeper Rojas made a couple of solid saves, keeping the Huskies scoreless. With 25 to go in the half, Jordan Anyimi dribbled through defenders in the box, beat the keeper, and scored. Just before half Alexander Maguire converted on a corner kick from Harrison Von Essen, bringing the score 2-0 at the whistle. In the second half Sheldon was awarded a PK on Jesuit defender foul, and capitalized.
With two games during Finals week, the Marauders travelled to Cosumnes Oaks on Monday, December 17. The opening minutes were uneventful, with both teams seeming to hold back and see what the other would do. Luckily, about ten minutes into the game Jordan Anyimi flicked a ball on to Aaron Chou who slotted it far post. Fifteen minutes later Chou put away a shot saved by the keeper. A few minutes later Chou got his hat trick with a beautiful chip into the back of the net off a long pass from Ryan Young.
The Marauders headed to Rocklin on Wednesday to face the Rocklin Thunder. Within the first four minutes the home team struck first, which put the Reds in an unfamiliar position. After a questionable offside call on a goal and a clearance off the goal line, the Marauders were finally able to put one into the net when Joey Afsari’s beautiful through ball caught a streaking Jordan Anyimi in stride, and Anyimi slotted it right in. It was 1-1 at half. Rocklin kept Jesuit busy with their aggressive, hustling style of play, but the Reds were able to push through.
West Campus visited Jesuit on Monday and from the first whistle they knew they were in for a long game. Thirty seconds into the game Jordan Anyimi took a deflected pass from the outside of the box and cures it into the far corner for his first (of many) score of the game. About ten minutes later West Campus was able to dribble through the back line and put one away. At half the score was tied 1-1. Just after the start of the second half the Marauders started playing their game. Anthony Alvarado had a great cross into Anyimi who chested, then headded it in, bringing the score 2-1.
The JV Red soccer team hosted Rio Americano last Friday on a beautiful sunny day, with both teams anxiously awaiting this matchup. During the first half the teams were evenly matched, and neither could get the ball cross the line. Jesuit had a great header go just wide, and Rio hit the post in the closing minutes. There was more of the same in the early minutes of the second half, but finally with 18 minutes to go Sam Berry slid into Michael Roush’s through ball and put it under the keeper.
On Tuesday, the JV Red soccer team hosted rival Christian Brothers for their first home game of the season. In the ninth minute of play, the Reds caught their first break when Jordan Anyimi’s pass found Sam Berry, who put it across the line. Just minutes later Jesuit got caught on a through ball and the Falcons tied it up 1-1. With ten minutes to go in the half Vincent Micheli got a great ball through to Sam Berry, who put it away and gave the Marauders the lead going into halftime. The second half was evenly-played, mostly in the middle of the field.