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Boys Soccer: Second Half Goals Boost GA Over Haverford

FORT WASHINGTON -- Germantown Academy Head Coach Kurt Wetzel knew that scoring would come at a premium when his team took on Inter-Ac League-leading Haverford School on Oct. 14, so it was no surprise when his team was tied 0-0 at halftime. The Patriots had generated numerous chances in the first, but were unable to find the back of the net until the second half, when Jake Kafrissen '23 and Aidan Trabosh '24 put the game away.

"I'm really proud of the level that they played at for 80 minutes today," Wetzel said. "It was probably the best game I've coached, watching what they did today." 

Trabosh had the opportunity to open the scoring in the first when he dribbled around Haverford's goalkeeper, but could not find the angle to get off a shot. Colin Leon '23 had an attempt, as did Jordan Lee '24, but neither found the back of the net. Leon had another attempt in the second half, but the through ball was intercepted by the Fords' keeper. 

With under 10 minutes to play, JT Quinter '25 found Kafrissen, who snuck the ball by the outstretched keeper for his 10th goal of the season. Five minutes later, Trabosh tallied his first score of the season to double the advantage.

"There's a lot of credit that has to go to Haverford," Wetzel said. "They were in front of every shot, they had guys constantly pressing the ball, they did what they're supposed to do. Our persistence is key. It's not getting Kafrissen started earlier, it's continuing to get him opportunities, it's getting Trabosh his first goal in some time. The opportunities are there."

While the opportunities were abundant for the Patriots, the Fords had no such luck. The GA defense played tough defense and Josh Bouchard '24 handled any shots that squeaked through. The result against Haverford marked the first shutout in league play this season for GA.

"When [Ryan] Szczepkowski '24 plays the way that he does, when [Lee] plays the way he did, we don't have any concerns coming from the outside," Wetzel said. "When our defense plays as solidly as they did, to earn a shutout is almost expected."

The Patriots next play at Penn Charter on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 4pm.