Minnehaha ends BVS season in emotional loss

Koji Gutzmann, RubicOnline Editor

In their first section game, the Boys Varsity Soccer team fell to Minnehaha Academy. The game, which took place on Oct. 11 at 4:00 p.m. on Historic Lang Field, ended unfortunately with Minnehaha winning 2-1.

For the 10 seniors on the team, it was an emotional loss.

“While we suffered a devastating loss to Minnehaha, I’m glad to be able to spend my senior season with such a great group of guys. Each day when we went out for practice, we would have such great chemistry and an overall fun time. I’m going to miss being able to play with all of them, but this team will be one that I will always remember,” senior Ben Carlsson said.

The SPA team was dominating. Captain Michael Forsgren scored a goal in the first half of the game with under 10 minutes remaining. The student fan section was joyous. Senior manager Henry Hallaway, who is responsible for recording all games and statistics, felt like the game would go in SPA’s favor:

“When Michael scored the goal I could feel the team’s energy rise and their sense of competition grow,” he said.

When Michael scored the goal I could feel the team’s energy rise and their sense of competition grow”

— Henry Hallaway

With only minutes remaining in the first half, however, Minnehaha was awarded a penalty kick after junior Thomas Bagnoli fouled in the goalie box. Minnehaha scored, tying up the first half with a score of 1-1.

Well into the second half, Minnehaha scored a fateful goal, leading the game 2-1. Carlsson felt the pressure:

“When Minnehaha scored the second goal, everyone on the team felt a little defeated. Even with this, we tried our best to push back and tie up the game,” he said.

And try they did. Within the final minutes, Forsgren repeatedly passed to senior captain Eric Lagos in hopes to score. After three trials, the time expired, and the season came to an end.

“It was sad to see the team lose after such a fantastic start to the game. I know the boys tried their hardest which is all that matters,” senior Jennie Verhey said.

The Boys Varsity soccer team ended their season with a record of 6-6-4.