Coach’s Corner ~ Junior Varsity Soccer

MacDuffie v Wilbraham Monson


MacDuffie JV Soccer played the final game of the season at Wilbraham and Monson on Wednesday, November 5. We traveled there on a nice day, and the students enjoyed seeing their facilities. We lost 10-0, however, their team had many more players at their disposal. The MacDuffie students present had great playing time, and continued the trend of working together as a team. Most importantly, our team played with class and carried the MacDuffie name well, and remained prideful.

MacDuffie  v Eagle Brook

All good things come with time — and the MacDuffie Junior Varsity Soccer posted their first win of the season vs. Eaglebrook! The game was very special as it was senior Tri Nguyen’s last game ever at home. Before the game, Coach Monat presented Tri with a picture of him and the team dedicated the game to him. On the field, MacDuffie played with focus, intensity, and as a team. Throughout the game, the offense pressured the Eaglebrook team, and the ball very rarely crossed onto our side of the field. Mirue Choi posted two goals, and the team was thrilled all of their hard work showed! The final score was 2 – 0 MacDuffie. Junior Varsity soccer plays their final game on Wednesday at Wilbraham and Monson at 2:30 PM.

MacDuffie  @ Eagle Brook

MacDuffie JV Soccer traveled to Eagle Brook School for their second match against the ‘Brookies” this season. Our team came out with passion and a will to win. They created multiple scoring chances, the first time in many games this has happened, and only gave up two goals in the second half. This was due to an improved attitude by the team. Everyone who played gave 110%. While the score was 9-0 Eagle Brook, we seemed to find our identity and a formation that really suits our team well.

On that note, we need everyone to come out and support the JV soccer team for our last home game of the season, when Eaglebrook comes to MacDuffie at 3:30 PM on 10/31. Wear your maroon and white and get ready to cheer on our team!

MacDuffie @ Marianapolis

MacDuffie JV Soccer traveled to a wet and rainy game in Mariannapolis on 10/22 together with the Varsity team. It was a great showing of MacDuffie pride, as two teams of the MacDuffie athletics’ family spent valuable time together. I was specifically impressed with the JV players persevered through the elements and being the away team. We lost 6-0, but players got valuable playing time and experience of staying positive when outside factors come into play.

MacDuffie vs. Forman

On Wednesday, October 15th, Forman Academy came to MacDuffie to play our junior varsity team on a beautiful day outside. MacDuffie was led by Mirue Choi, who scored two goals in a 6 – 2 defeat. Even though we lost, it was nice to be back at home, where students and parents came out to support the team. Our next game will be home vs. Eagle Hill, on Friday, October 17, at 4 PM.

MacDuffie vs. HHNE


On Monday October 6, the Hebrew High of New England,HHNEtraveledtoMacDuffie for a highly competitive matchup in the school’s first meeting of the season. The fireworks began early with an earlygoalbyHazimJaber,whoputMacDuffie ahead 1-0.WhileHHNE responded with two goals, our players remained confident and withgoalsfromMirueChoi and Charlie Avery, we came away with our first tie of the season, ending the game 3-3.ItwasMacDuffie’s most complete game of the year, and the players battled through and kept their head held high.

MacDuffie @ Suffield Academy

MacDuffie Junior Varsity played our first away game of the season. We traveled to Suffield Academy, where we were eager to play the team we barely lost to last week. We were missing many starters, however, this trip provided great opportunity for those who normally don’t see much playing time to have full speed in game exposure. It’s these types of games and experiences where a team takes a step backwards to take three steps forward. While we lost 6 – 0, the skills and experience our squad got today was very valuable to the team and to our players’ individual progression. We will have the full squad at it on 10/15 when Forman plays at MacDuffie.

MacDuffie @ Suffield Academy

Suffield Academy came to MacDuffie at 3 PM on October 1st to play in a tight game with the Junior Varsity squad. MacDuffie scored first with a fantastic goal from Leo Zhang. While MacDuffie ended up falling 2-1 in the game, it was their most complete game of the season. The players are coming together as a team, and are having fun too. We will look to secure our first win of the season at home on Monday, October 10th at 4:30 PM when the Hebrew High School of New England comes to MacDuffie.

MacDuffie vs. Marianapolis

Boys JV soccer entertained Marianapolis on Wednesday September 24. The game got off to a flying start for the Mustangs when Walker Tian scored from a very tight angle in the second minute of the game. In a very open first half, both teams created several good chances. Yun Go and Matthew Park led the front line, with Mirue Choi and Breno Pinheiro dictating play in the midfield. The speed of Leo Zhang was causing the visitors numerous problems throughout. The game remained 1-0 until the last 10 minutes when the referee called a fowl in the box and awarded Marianapolis a penalty kick. The kick was converted successfully with minutes remaining, the Marianapolis attack broke through the defense, and on this occasion Tri Nguyen was unable to make the stop. The game ended 2-1 in favor of Marianapolis. Congratulations to the boys on a terrific team effort, with special mention to both goalkeepers Nathan Varney and Tri Nguyen, as well as the rock of a defense that was held together brilliantly by Ty Eddington and Nathan Enders.

MacDuffie vs. Eagle Hill

Eagle Hill came to MacDuffie this afternoon to play the JV’s second home game. MacDuffie seemed to come together as a team and was communicating effectively and put forth a great effort on the field. Unfortunately, MacDuffie came up on the losing side, 6-2 and is 0-2 on the season. Mirue Choi once again scored two MacDuffie goals. Everyone saw playing time and despite losing, spirits were high.

MacDuffie vs. The American School for the Deaf

The MacDuffie School’s Junior Varsity played a competitive match against the American School for the Deaf. The game was intense as both teams brought their all for the first game of the season. Mirue Choi led the offense with two goals scored as the team worked effectively together to set up enviable scoring situations. Unfortunately, ASD ended up the victors of the game, winning 5-2. However, our squad learned to function as a team and the game was played with class and respect. We are looking forward to our next match-up at home on Monday, September 22nd at 4 PM when Eagle Hill comes to town.