Holderness evened its season’s record at 2-2-1 with a solid 4-0 victory over Kimball Union today. Although it is usually the offense that gets top billing, it was the Bull’s defense that deserves the limelight today. Goalies Alan Yu and Matt Butchma split the game and earned a clean slate. Spencer Glascock and Charlie Crumbo shared the middle defense role, directing traffic and cleaning up messes from start to finish. The other three defenders, Boss Ngamkanjanarat, Mikey Cosgrave and Jackson Lehner played smart team defense and kept the KUA attackers off-balance all day.
Eight minutes into the first half, Crumbo picked his head up coming through the midfield and laid a perfect through-ball off to Young Gwon. Gwon used his speed to get behind the defense for a one-on-one with the KUA goalie, calmly slotting the ball into the right corner to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead. With ten minutes left in the half, some nice give-and-go balls were shared in the KUA defensive box. It was Henry Richard who touched a nice ball off to Max Alden who, in turn, cracked the ball past the unsuspecting KUA keeper. Max wasn’t done with his scoring touch, for just minutes later he received a pretty through-ball from Charlie Morris which he buried into the back of the net to put the Bulls up 3-0 going into the half.
Holderness played some of its best soccer to date to open the second half. Important contributions from Alex Robbins, Ethan Hayes, Steve Ju and Alberto Bazzoni led the Bulls to control the play and maintain ball possession. With seven minutes left in the contest, it would be Boss Ngamkanjanarat scoring his first goal of the season when he squibbed a shot across the goal crease into the open far corner to seal the game at 4-0.
The team continues to travel over the weekend when the play at Hebron on Saturday for a 3:15 start.