Even though Forest Park thoroughly dominated Gar-Field in a 5-2 win Tuesday night, there was little doubt that the Indians still possessed the best player on the field in forward Ramzey Hassen. In all reality, Hassen may be one of the most gifted players in the entire region, and his game produced flashes of brilliance against the Bruins.
He scored a header off a corner kick with about five minutes left in the first half, bringing his team within 3-1 when the ball beat Forest Park’s goaltender on the weak side of the net. A few minutes later, he nearly single-handedly brought the team closer, when he beat several defenders into the Forest Park zone and drew a foul from about 30 yards out. His penalty kick ricocheted off the cross bar. As Forest Park Coach Justin Joswick said after the game, “Even if he gets a hold of the ball, he can do anything.”
Hassen, who earned first-team All-Met honors last year, has been electric for Gar-Field the past three seasons, and those years haven’t been without a learning curve. But with such a young side this year, he has been thrust into new territory. He is still learning to play with a cast of inexperienced players, he said, and his tendencies have been foreign to the group.
“It’s a whole different team now. …We just gotta get our chemistry up,” Hassen said. “They don’t understand the way I play yet. Hopefully on later in the season they will understand me, and we’ll get some wins.”
Hassen said he committed to Louisburg College (N.C.) two weeks ago. Louisburg is considered to be one of the top junior college soccer programs in the country, and most recently made an appearance in the NJCAA championship game where it lost 1-0 in overtime to Tyler Junior College (Texas). Louisburg currently has five players from the Washington area on its roster, including freshmen Ariel Montoya (South Lakes) and Bernard Majano (Woodbridge).
But before he even begins to think about his college career, Hassen has plenty of work left to do this spring at Gar-Field. With such a large group of underclassmen on the roster, he has pushed himself to become more than just a player that goes through the motions. In Tuesday’s lopsided loss against Forest Park, “I was just thinking positively,” he said.
“This team is very young…and I wanted to keep them motivated,” Hassen said. “You can always have heart on the field. Because if you don’t have heart, there’s no point in playing. So like in my mind, I was just like, yo, I’m just going to play my game.”