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Cougars Compete at Eaglebrook Day 2017
Date: 10/12/2017

We greeted our friends and rivals from Eaglebrook School with open arms and wet fields on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Despite the rainy weather, our student-athletes put forth their best effort, and showed excellent sportsmanship all day. Read on for the day’s highlights written by their coaches, and check out our photo gallery from the day.

Varsity Football

Varsity FootballThe team had a strong showing with the entire 33 man roster contributing on the field for a win. Many gave outstanding performances, including: quarterback Ryan Sweeney who connected with TJ Zagarri for a 76-yard touchdown pass; Jason Li, Rocco Pace, William Brannan, Aiden McDonnell, Patrick Harb Rodriguez, Alex Manoogian, and Owen Fu who dominated the defense; Alec Saklad was relentless as outside linebacker; Peter Gilbert, Will O'Connor, and Santeri Kalteva were key factors in the second half; Malcolm Bussey displayed impressive elusive downhill running; and outstanding blocking from Donald Cahill. Watch a video of the game.

Final score: Cardigan 53, Eaglebrook 8

JV Football 

Despite the best efforts from the Cougars, it was the Lebanon Raiders who dominated in a win on Saturday. It looked hopeful in the first quarter, as the Cardigan defense forced a fumble and recovered on Lebanon's first possession. Unfortunately, the Raiders were able to stop the Cougars, take over, and score. Cardigan came close to scoring in the second half, but the excellent linebackers from Lebanon were all over the field, ultimately succeeding in shutting out the offense. Watch a video of the game.

Final score: Lebanon 38, Cardigan 0 

SoccerVarsity Soccer

This was the second meeting between these two teams, both of which ended in Cardigan victories. The teams played with skill and enthusiasm, trading chances back and forth for the entire 80 minutes of play. The first goal was delivered by Luis Legorreta sixteen minutes into the game, catching Eaglebrook's goalkeeper way off his line. In minute 73, Kade Goldberg scored the second goal swooping in with a rebound from a blocked attempt by teammate Rodrigo Gil Gallardo. The team held firm and earned a satisfying win in front of a cheering home crowd.

Final score: Cardigan 2, Eaglebrook 1

JV Soccer

A wet field and early mistakes put the Cougars in a tough position against the much stronger team from Eaglebrook. The boys gradually found their stride and pulled one goal back when Graydon Schweizer and Auden Oliver-Yeager worked together and scored. Slater Whitehead and Will Bruguiere had outstanding performances on the defensive line. Several near misses left the team feeling frustrated, but confident that they could keep up with the bigger, stronger squad from Deerfield at their next match.

Final score: Eaglebrook 3, Cardigan 1 

Thirds Soccer

From the opening whistle, it was clear that this would be a fierce battle by both teams. The Cougars defense maintained their shape throughout the game, and keepers Jackson MacDonald and Dalton Donovan had some amazing saves. Though the Eagles scored the game’s first point, Cardigan did not lose faith and immediately rebounded and got back into the game. Mau Padilla Cuestra launched an arching shot from 35 yards that sailed over their goalie to tie the score. Allen Suh kicked the go-ahead score on a gutsy assist from Gianluca Audia. In the last five minutes, Eaglebrook was determined to tie the game, but Cardigan matched their intensity and continually rejected their attempts. When the final whistle blew, the bench cleared and a joyous celebration ensued as fans knew they had just witnessed an amazing soccer game! 

Final score: Cardigan 2, Eaglebrook 1

Fourths Soccer

The Cougars came out strong against Eaglebrook, playing their strongest game to date. The first half was evenly matched, with Eaglebrook capitalizing on two opportunities, which left Eaglebrook ahead 2-0 at the half. In the second half, the Cougars continued the pressure and Sean Wang scored a deep goal from outside the 18-yard line for his first goal of the season. At the end of the second half, Eaglebrook scored again leaving the final score 3-1. The Cougars look forward to facing Eaglebrook again later in the season.

Final score: Eaglebrook 3, Cardigan 1

Cross CountryVarsity Cross Country

The Varsity Team ran their home 5K course for the second time as a race, and many beat their first time significantly. Although the team didn't beat their Eaglebrook rivals, they had a great day. Diego Escalante was again Cardigan's top finisher, beating his time from Wednesday's race by over 30 seconds. Masamune Enomoto was Cardigan's second finisher, and he also beat his time by almost a full minute. Aidan White ran the course against Eaglebrook 40 seconds faster than he ran it on Wednesday. Marcus Chan, another scorer for Cardigan, beat his time by almost two full minutes. Sam Harris, the fifth finisher for Cardigan beat his time by nearly 50 seconds. The Cardigan boys should be proud of their progress and their sportsmanship.

JV Cross Country

The wet weather did not dampen the spirits of the JV Cross Country Team for their race against Eaglebrook. Captains Bo Solomon and Finn Kopp led the team through various warm-ups and stretches to ensure that the runners would be ready in the cold. Tom Zhang and Pi Mongkhonvanit ignored the slick ground to have great races with personal best times. Cillian Clark persevered and finished his first 5k of the season. The team's confidence is at an all-time high, and they are looking forward to the next race of the season.

Mountain BikingVarsity Mountain Biking

The team had a great day hosting rivals from Eaglebrook. Coming off a strong performance earlier in the week, they were primed and ready. The duel of the two schools meant that the varsity team was going to have to perform well even against its own teammates. AJ Noel was the winner of the race despite having a major mechanical issue. Matt Hynes led most of the race but was unable to fend off his hard-charging teammate and took a respectable second place. The team is going to take the next week off from racing to prepare for the championship.

JV Mountain Biking

Leading the charge in challenging weather conditions was Oscar Wang with his first career win. Newly added racer, Wes Stocken, charged hard on the course to finish second. Finishing out the podium was Cameron Eckelman in third. Some career-high places were Jack Ren in fourth place, Colin Dowling attacking from the back to finish seventh, Wilson Cano finishing ninth. Alex Gonzalez de la Pena Gutierrez, Sebastien Madan, and Shaun Gu all finished in the top 15. Way to go, Cougars!
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