Coach’s Corner ~ Boys’ Varsity Soccer

Fall 2016

Wednesday September 7, 2016
Williams  0     MacDuffie  5

The Mustangs started the season with a convincing performance and win at Williams School, CT.   Noah Nunes *’17) opened the scoring midway through the first half, followed by goals from Jace Legowski (’18),  Devon Huard (’18), Cizo Andrade (’18), and Jola Oke (’18) gave the Mustangs the perfect start to the season.  Devon Huard was nominated the MVP of the game, with goalkeeper Charles Avery getting a notable mention.

Fall 2015

Monday, Sept 28, 2015
MacDuffe 9, St. Thomas More 1

MacDuffie remained undefeated at home with a 9-1 victory over visiting St. Thomas More. For the third straight game, MacDuffie came out aggressively and quickly went ahead with multiple goals in the first fifteen minutes of the game. This time Jace Legowski (‘16) set the pace with two goals two minutes apart at the 39 and 37 minute marks. On the second goal, David Drabiniok (‘16) notched one of three assists for the game by screaming up the right side and centering a nice pass to the foot of Legowski right in front of goal. Captain Victor Godoy (‘16) had a hat trick in the first half and then added one more in the second. Other goals were scored by Tamer Akcay (‘16), Jordan Royer (‘16), and goal keeper-turned-field player Mason Baral (’17).

Saturday, Sept 26, 2015
MacDuffie 5, Watkinson 0

The Mustang eleven got their third victory of the season by defeating Watkinson 5-0 on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. MacDuffie again came out strong in the first half and posted some early goals to put Watkinson on their heels. Tamer Akcay (‘16) scored two goals within six minutes at the beginning of the half, both on assists from midfielder Victor Godoy (16). Godoy and Devon Huard (‘18) added two more goals within the next ten minutes to take a commanding 4-0 lead with almost 30 minutes remaining in the first half. However, the Mustangs went cold and could not put another in the old onion bag until two minutes left in the game when David Drabiniok (‘16) knocked one in at the goalmouth off a mammoth throw in by defender Noah Nunes (‘17). For his superior defensive play and two assists, Nunes was chosen player of the game. MacDuffie stays at home for a Monday game against St. Thomas More next.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
MacDuffie 9, Storm King 1

MacDuffie got back on the winning track with a convincing win against Storm King School at neutral site Forman School. The Mustangs struck early with a blast by Tamer Akcay (‘16), and Devon Huard (‘18) added another with 12 minutes left in the half on an assist from Cizo Andrade (‘18’). MacDuffie had plenty of chances during the first half but failed to add to the score.  In the second half the floodgates were opened as MacDuffie added seven more goals, two by Victor Godoy (‘16), one more each by Akcay and Huard, and one each by Andrade, David Drabiniok (‘16), and Jace Legowski (‘18). Storm King managed only three shots and one goal for the game. The Mustangs prevailed 9-1 and Akcay was chosen as outstanding player of the game.

Saturday, September 19th, 2015
MacDuffie 3  Rocky Hill 4

MacDuffie and Rocky Hill squared off in a closely contested game Saturday at noon on the St. Andrew’s pitch. Rocky Hill struck first in the 15th minute with a goal close in that was set up by a nice lofted pass from right to left. MacDuffie answered two minutes later when Cizo Andrade (’18) bent a ball from the top right of the 18-yard box to the top left corner out of the keeper’s reach. Both teams traded goals at the 35th and 40th minutes as Rocky Hill struck again and the Mustangs responded. On a corner kick from the left, Andrade found Noah Nunes’ (’17) head, which flicked the ball at the keeper. On the deflection, Jace Legowski (’18) was able to poke the ball in for the score. With three minutes remaining in the half, Tamer Akcay (’16) put MacDuffie up 3-2 off a nice through ball from Devin Huard (’16). Unfortunately, the Mustangs could not hold the lead and let in two goas in the second half to fall 4-3. Marus Ludkiewicz (’17) played stellar defence in the losing effort. MacDuffie hopes to get back on track against Storm King next Wednesday.

Friday, September 18th, 2015
MacDuffie 0  St. Andrew’s 8

The MacDuffie Boys traveled to St. Andrew’s to face the 2014 Class D Soccer Champs on their home turf. The Mustangs were on the defensive for most of the game as St. Andrew’s relentlessly attacked and counter attacked, utilizing both their speed and passing precision. At the half, it was 4-0 St. Andrew’s and as the sun set after a late 5:30 PM kick off, the home team walked off the field with an 8-0 victory. Despite the apparent lopsidedness of the score, MacDuffie goalkeeper Mason Baral (’18) was able to turn back 13 of the 21 shots on net. MacDuffie looks to rebound against Rocky Hill school on Saturday.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
MacDuffie 4 Williams 1

The MacDuffie Mustangs kicked off the season with a comfortable home win against Williams, CT. It took less than 3 minutes for Hazim Jaber (’19) to cross the ball from the right wing to the back stick where Tamer Ackay was waiting to side foot the ball into the back of the net. From that moment MacDuffie dominated possession, but it was not until the 18th minute that they extended their advantage. Jordan Royer (’16) came off the bench and immediately caused the Williams defense problems with his pace. On a through-ball header from Noah Nunes (’17), Jordan out run the defender to slot the ball calmly beyond the advancing keeper. Before the break, Tamer Ackay made it 3-nil with his second on a pass from Victor Godoy (’16). In the second half the game continued to be played mostly in the visitors half. With 20 minutes remaining Williams gave themselves a ray of hope with a goal on the counter-attack. Mustang keeper, Mason Baral (’18), was unable to prevent the goal on this occasion when the Williams striker beat the off-side trap to run one-on-one with Mason, and fire the ball under his dive. With just 2 minutes on the clock Victor Godoy (’16) sealed the victory with a solo effort from a tight angle.

 Fall 2014

All-Star Players

Sunday November 9, 2014

Congratulations to Richard Areche (’15), and Tamer Ackay (’16) for being selected to the Western New England All-Star Team.  Both boys played well in a close encounter of North v South, played at the Loomis-Chaffee School, CT   Both Richard and Tamer will return to the Loomis-Chaffee School on Sunday November 16 for another All-Star game.  Richard is selected to play in the Senior All New England Team, while Tamer is selected to play in the Junior All-Star team.  A great achievement by both players.

Season Awards

Most Valuable Player     Richard Areche

Most Improved Player   Miguel Rodriguez

Coach’s Awards               Vasilii Migashko

Players’ Player                Joe Varney



vs. Hamden Hall

The last regular season game ended in a 1-1 draw against Hamden Hall. The lone goal was scored by Tamer Ackay and a great performance by Matt Costa was displayed in goal. The team is awaiting the results for qualification of post season, but as always the season was a wonderful one with many memories.


vs. St. Thomas More

Solid team play was highlighted by flashes of individual skill from Tamer Akcay, as he, Vasilii Migashko, and Richard Areche each netted in a 3-0 victory for the Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team over St. Thomas More. Areche (2) and Miguel Rodriguez provided assists on the three goals. Matt Costa filled in once more in between the sticks for the Mustangs, who saw their record improve to 7-5-2 on the season. They look forward to carrying the momentum built in this game into their season finale at home this Saturday versus Hamden Hall.


@Christian Heritage

The Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team suffered a bitter defeat on the road once more against a strong team from Christian Heritage. The King’s Men capitalized on poor MacDuffie defending to find the net five times in the first half. The Mustangs regrouped and put forth a more composed team effort in the second half but failed to turn the game, conceding once more for a final score of 6-1. Tamer Akcay scored the lone goal for the Mustangs, who find themselves at 6-5-2 on the season.


@ King

A brace by junior Tamer Akcay wasn’t enough for the Mustangs, as the Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team dropped a disappointing 3-2 loss on the road at the King School in Stamford, CT. After going into the half 3-0 down, the Mustangs charged back within one but were unable to draw level, as a Richard Areche penalty shot was saved late on. With this result, the Mustangs find themselves at 6-4-2 on the season.


@ Marianapolis

The Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team traveled to Marianapolis and earned a hard-fought 2-2 draw in the rain, seeing themselves to a 6-3-2 record so far on the season. Matthew Costa put on the gloves for injured WNEPSSA all-star goalkeeper Joe Varney and made a spectacular save on a penalty kick in the second half to keep the game within reach, before Richard Areche leveled the game with his second of the evening, a thumping shot from outside the box that the opposing goalkeeper was unable to deal with. The Mustangs pushed on for another, but a winning goal was not to be found.


vs. Forman

MacDuffie were always ahead in this physical encounter with Forman.  Richard Areche opened the scoring, and Tamer Ackay added a second before the half.  Forman grabbed a goal back in the second half, but Tamer scored again to give the Mustangs a two goal advantage.  Increased Forman pressure in the second half brought some magnificent saves out of Joe Varney, before he unfortunately went down with a suspected knee injury.  Joe was unable to continue.  Vasili agreed to step between the sticks for the remainder of the game.  Even though Forman soon grabbed a second goal, Jordan Foyer secured the victory with a goal with just minutes remaining.  Best wishes are extended to Joe for a full and speedy


@ Putnam

The Mustangs pulled off another phenomenal win over Putnam Academy on 10/8/14. 3-1 was the score where every goal was scored from an assist. Tamer had a spectacular hat trick leading the Mustangs to victory and Joe Varney had a stand out performance with 11 saves in goal. The team is becoming more and more cohesive each game and the strength of the boys soccer team continues to show at the MacDuffie School.


vs. Masters School

The MacDuffie Mustangs defeated Masters 5-1 on September 29th. Tamer Ackay had two goals, Richard Areche had two goals, and Vasilli Migashko had one goal. Richard Areche was named game MVP. During the match the boundaries of diversity were slowly lifted and the cohesiveness of the team began to shine. Numerous shots were taken in the team effort and everyone played well!


vs. Watkinson

The MacDuffie Mustangs defeated Watkinson 2-1 on October 1st. Richard Areche had two goals one in the last five minutes of the game to send the Mustangs to victory. The MVP was also Richard but the effort of all was exceptional even in the most strenuous of games.


vs. St. Andrews

Varsity fell to St. Andrews 8-2. Despite the tough loss, the Mustangs showed great team effort and remained in high spirits. Standout performances included Joe Varney, Tamer Akcay, and Richard Areche.


vs. Darrow School

The Mustangs crushed Darrow School 16-0. Scoring was a team effort with eight different players earning goals! Joe Varney, Hazim Jaber, Sam Szczur, Jordan Royer, Poom Prasopsukh, Tamer Akcay, Richard Areche, and Matthew Costa all scored. Joe Varney and Charles Avery had a combined shutout as goalkeeper.


vs. Chase Collegiate School

The Mustangs were unlucky during a difficult game against Chase Collegiate. Despite a number of impressive saves made by Senior Joe Varney and strong performances by Seniors Denisolt Shakhbulatov and Richard Areche MacDuffie lost 4-2. Their next match is Saturday, September 20th at 1 PM when they host St. Andrews at home.