By Ernest Stone
The Drew School boys soccer team entered Monday’s non-league contest with Bay School as a team unable to score goals.
But, as the Dragons (2-4) had their way in a 4-0 victory over the Breakers (3-2) at Crocker Amazon Park, onlookers were unable to find any weaknesses in the team’s attack.
“We just had to keep our confidence in scoring,” said Drew head coach Jeff Ramos. “We kept at it and found success.”
Ramos’ squad would have its confidence tested, as Bay senior goalkeeper Andrew Seaman’s eight first-half saves humbled the Dragons.
However, it’s rare for any goalkeeper to make all the stops, and a 24th-minute strike from junior Julian Faro-White found its way past Seaman and into the back of the net to get the Dragons rolling.
“When a goal is scored, usually it’s on the entire team,” Seaman said. “I could have done more, we all could have.”
Seaman’s words proved true, and his team, which did about all it could for 40 minutes, struggled in the second half.
Perhaps the largest reason for the Breakers’ struggles was their inability to match the Dragons’ speed, most notably that of junior forward Brandon Naraghi.
Naraghi, who entered the match without a goal this season, took advantage of his physicality en route to a hat trick within the span of 11 minutes.
“It was my best game of the year, for sure,” Naraghi said. “But there is always room for improvement.”
If such is true, opposing teams are in for a scare, as Naraghi scored by utilizing his speed on a breakway, his awareness on a rebound and his leg power to laser in his final goal in the 53rd minute.
Next, Bay faces a tough Bay Counties League Central rival International and coach Matt Hannibal’s forward-thinking attitude should all but reassure his team.
“We will build on the positive things we did today,” Hannibal said. “We can play better, we have played better and we will play better.”
As for Drew, the Dragons plan to take their fully functional attack into Bay Counties League West play later this week.
D: 24th minute — Julian Faro White
D: 42nd minute — Brandon Naraghi
D: 52nd minute — Naraghi
D: 53rd minute — Naraghi