Broadfording gets the better of SVCA

 

STEPHENS CITY – A year ago, Broadfording (Maryland) Christian Academy’s soccer team fell hard to Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy.

“I remember we came to Shenandoah and lost 8-0. I remember coming here and thinking that Shenandoah was probably the best team in the (Mason-Dixon Christian Conference),” said Lions coach Scott Cox.

“Then we played them at home and lost 4-0, so we were making progress.”

Tuesday, that progress continued as visiting Broadfording (5-2 overall, 4-2 league) knocked off SVCA 7-2 in Mason-Dixon play. The Patriots fell to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in their first official competition at home this season.

A big reason why?

Experience.

“We had one senior last year,” said Cox.

This year, it’s SVCA – a traditional local girls’ and boys’ independent school power – with one senior on the active roster.

The Patriots graduated five key seniors who produced almost 40 goals in the 2015 season (13-5), a team that earned a Mason-Dixon Conference tournament runnerup.

“It’s early,” said SVCA coach Dustin Wheelock, “so we can make significant progress to reach a couple of our team goals. I’d say the big thing about today is intensity. We just didn’t match their intensity in the first half.

“But if we can continue putting in the work, we can learn some lessons,” Wheelock said. “It’s a long season.”

SVCA junior Ian Frommack agreed: “I’d say the thing about our team now is consistency. We’re young. You have to communicate against a team like Broadfording because they like to attack you. We’re young, it’s part of the growing process.”

Frommack, a co-captain with another junior, Jack Margaros, was among the most active of Patriots.

He scored one of his team’s two goals, but he also applied two shots on goal and plenty of corner and penalty kicks.

Said Frommack, “That’s kind of my role – penalty kicks, free kicks, attacking.”

Yet another junior, Dmitry Sorochan applied four shots on goal, one of which went through the Broadfording nets.

Frommack’s adversary on the Broadfording side was Palmi Thorsson, a native of Iceland, who provided four assists for the Lions.

“He’s our quarterback,” said Cox. “He plays like a centerfielder.”

Thorsson and other visitors assisted on seven goals by six different Lions – sophomore forward Alex Song collected two, the rest of the single goalers included Daniel Durst, Chandler Freed, Chris Wagner, Derrick Kim and Brian An.

Song scored both his goals in the first half to lead a Lions’ attack on a 4-0 intermission lead.

Yet another Broadfording goal early in the second half gave the Lions a 5-point pad until SVCA could get organized.

Sorochan scored off a fast-break and Frommack notched a rebound goal in consecutive fashion for a 5-2 score, but Freed and An finished out the scoring for the winners.

Wheelock singled out freshman midfielder K.J. Shrom for his overall play.

“This is a young team and, as long as they stay with it, we’ll be all right,” said the coach.

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