by: Julia Rivera
The Hamilton High School boy’s soccer team trumped Middletown High School 1-0 Thursday. The team is now 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the Greater Miami Conference.
An uneventful first half left the score at zero going into halftime, but the Big Blue came out fighting the second half. Defense played a key factor in the win, as Hamilton shut down the leading scorer in the GMC, Middletown’s Ramon Bajeca.
Senior captain Jose Garcia said, “During practice I worked on man marking one of our coaches and the whole time I had to stay on him. What kept me motivated was if [Bajeca] would have scored, our team would’ve had to run sprints.
Seniors Kelvin and Alvin Mantey worked together to get the Big Blue on the board in the second half. A pass from Alvin allowed Kelvin to score with 19:13 left on the clock.
Although Middletown came close to scoring multiple times, senior goalkeeper Logan Denholm ended their hopes. Denholm took the place of goalkeeper after sophomore Brian Cruz injured his hand earlier this week. Denholm had 6 big saves despite not playing the position since his freshman year.
Head coach Jeff, Wolkoff said: “[The] game was a rivalry game. I told them before the game, it doesn’t matter how we get the win as long as we get [it]. They responded well at half time with an incredible goal by Kelvin and our defense was stellar all night.”