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Although the Foxes junior varsity boys’ soccer team ended their season last Tuesday with a loss to unbeaten Culpeper 3-2, they remain a major player in the future of the varsity soccer program. After trailing 0-2 in the first half, the Foxes rallied back from goals scored by Tony Arvizu, and Jacob Perkins. However, the Blue Devils pulled a rabbit out of their hat in the first two minutes of overtime to celebrate the championship with a 3-2 victory. “At the start I was afraid that Culpeper would come in and stomp us in the mud, because they had the potential to do it,” King George head
junior varsity coach Mark Perry said. “I underestimated my team; they did the school proud.”
After a trip to the 2010 junior varsity play-offs, and a season that featured a 12-3-1 record, the Foxes have beaten the sophomore jinx. Poise, character and resiliency nearly took down the Battlefield beast known as Culpeper. Fox fans will always remember the satisfaction of having two back-to-back trips to the playoffs. “Taking into consideration that I thought this would be a rebuilding year, and having a legitimate shot at a championship, this has been a great year for us,” Perry said.
Last season the Foxes lost to Courtland 3-2 in the JV championship game, with a last minute opportunity to tie the game. This season, the Foxes beat the Cougars twice, and have a solid corps of returning players benefitting the program next season.
Interestingly, only five goals have been scored against Culpeper all season, and three of those scores were from the Foxes. During the game, the Blue Devils repeatedly failed to score goals after entering Fox goal area. “Our goalie and defense gave Culpeper fits all evening, because they couldn’t get it in the goal. Every time they came knocking at the door, my defense held strong.”
Perry is confident that his rising ninth grader, six foot one goalie, Johannes Gulick is the future of Fox soccer. “He is going to change the way soccer is played in the district because he is a phenomenal player,” Perry said.
While their final record of 11-4, 14-4, is indicative of a program fueled with a will to win, and the presence of mind to play flawless defense, the Foxes must somehow reinforce their entire program with a club travel team that competes throughout the off-season. With the influx of last year’s and this season’s athletes, the varsity will most assuredly rise above the fifth place finish from this season.
The talent, the drive, and the determination are ever present as the Foxes seek new ways to improve upon their success. The Foxes have signed up 13 players to participate in the Elite Soccer Academy, featured at Sweet Briar College, near Lynchburg, VA. Last year, Perry and a team of 14 players traveled to the camp.
“I predict next season will be the season for our varsity program,” Perry said. “With six kids moving up to varsity next season, the team will be solid—it’s a wonderful thing to have talent on the bench.”
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