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Boys' soccer beats St. Maur 11-2

Boys' soccer earned its sixth consecutive win on Saturday with an 11-2 victory over St. Maur, moving the team's overall record to 6-0-1. Coach Keesh Kawaguchi offered his thoughts on the team's performance:

"We're working on something — it's possession. Think of it like this: you don't want to have the same food every day. You want to be able to switch it up once in a while. All throughout the day, you don't want to eat the same thing. Sometimes, you want to take in carbs, and other times proteins, vegetables, things like that.

The soccer game is the same. You don't want to be one-dimensional. One thing we naturally do pretty well is counter attack, but the game of soccer is 90 minutes, so you want to pace yourself. You can't go 100 percent for the entire 90 minutes, so you want to slow it down sometimes and wait for the right opportunity. That's something we're working on.

There's not exactly a how-to [guide] for it. It's something players have to sense while they're playing the game. Today, we got to do a lot of it, but not completely, as we haven't mastered it at all. It's something we're looking forward to working on in the next month or so until the end of the Far East Tournament.

We did score 11, but that's just the result of good teamwork. It's easy to put a spotlight on the guy who scored, but there's a whole lot that goes behind the scenes: obviously, good defense and good passing around on the defensive side and slowly moving up the ball. That's the possession game I'm talking about.

I'm proud of everybody, including the defense and the midfield, younger guys who came in the second half, the sophomores and freshmen who played the entire half. They got some experience and a sense of how the game should be played. I'm really proud of that, and we want to build on it.

We're not done yet. We still have two official league games and then the tournament. Again, we want to win out for the whole season, and we're going to keep working on it. 

I just want to remind everybody that, of course, everybody wants to score the goals, but it's not about that. If you happen to be the guy who scores, that's great, but it's the guys who passed the ball, who assisted, who made it happen. There's so much behind one goal. The person who scores is just the tip of the iceberg."

The goal scorers in this game ended up being Angus (five goals), Joshua (11th grade, two goals), and one each for Enosh, Richard and Josh (12th grade). They were helped by three assists each from Joshua (11th grade) and Jacky and one assist from Masaki. CAJ plays again next Tuesday at Zama.
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