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Boys Soccer Advances to Sweet Sixteen

By Sage Rose in Sports

On October 23rd, varsity boys’ soccer beat Thunder Ridge to advance to the Sweet Sixteen with the help of four straight second half goals. Going into the game, there was lot of pressure after last season’s 1-0 loss to Heritage.

“I was excited and nervous before the game,” said senior Raul Magno. “Knowing everyone was paying attention put lots of pressure on us, especially because of last season’s upset against Heritage.”

After a first half goal by Thunder Ridge, the Knights answered back with the help of senior Casey Munsch, who scored two of the four unanswered goals.

“I had to tell myself that it is important to not be overconfident even though we had a far better ranking. After the first goal, I was incredibly relieved. I kept telling myself that I wouldn't let the outcome be similar to last year's,” said Munsch, “The third goal also gave me a wave of relief. It was nice to have that extra cushion just in case something else happened.”

Munsch said that, towards the end of the first half, the Knights started to remember last season’s loss and were very motivated to do whatever it takes to advance.

“I’m looking forward to continuing further into the playoffs and playing more games,” said Munsch. “It’s only going to get more and more difficult to get closer to the finals.”

For a lot of the players, this is their last chance at competing for a championship.

“We’re ready to handle all the pressure that comes, and the win gave us a great deal of confidence,” said Magno. “But now, it’s time to focus for the next game, which will just get harder.”

Eighth-ranked Fairview will take on ninth-ranked Grandview on Wednesday night.

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