Georgetown Day goalkeeper Will Feldman had sharp words for one of his defensive teammates in the first half of Tuesday’s Mid-Atlantic Conference soccer championship against Sidwell Friends. After an alignment blunder nearly cost his team a goal, Feldman screamed at the player — loud enough for the rest of his team to hear — “It’s my decision! It’s my box!”
The field was silent, and nobody questioned him after that. Feldman led a defense that turned back wave after wave of scoring pushes by the Quakers, and Adam Glaser added a goal and an assist to help lift Georgetown Day to a 2-1 victory in Northwest.
It was the fourth consecutive one-goal win for Georgetown Day (8-10-1), which capped a remarkable late season revival after the Mighty Hoppers had lost seven of nine games during a midseason slump.
“We didn’t get our head down when we were in that bad stretch,” Glaser said. “Things just started to click. . . You make your own luck, and we started making our own luck.”
The scoreboard at Sidwell Friends wasn’t running on Tuesday, but Georgetown Day didn’t need it. Glaser scored the game’s first goal just five minutes in and was clearly the best offensive player on the field. He had six shots on goal in the first half alone, including a nifty left-footed kick that hit the post from 10 yards out after he had crossed up two Sidwell Friends defenders. The Quakers had plenty of looks at Feldman, too, including a soft cross that danced along the cross-bar late in the first half.
Glaser won the ball at midfield 10 minutes into the second half and threaded a pass to Michael Eppler, who cut down the right edge of the goalie box and angled a shot in from about five yards out.
“That ball came through, and there was no doubt,” Eppler said. “We’ve been thinking about this game since we were eight years old, when we knew what varsity soccer was.”
Sidwell Friends (10-4-6) had a number of corner and free kicks late in the second half and finally connected on a 20-yard low line drive goal from Grant Reynolds with about five minutes remaining in the game. The Quakers pushed their whole team up into the Georgetown Day zone in a frantic final three minutes, but led by an extremely vocal Feldman, the Mighty Hoppers didn’t allow any more scoring opportunities in that stretch.
“The defense is great. . . but when the ball gets into the box, it’s my 18[-yard] line,” Feldman said. “That’s the cool part of about the game. You see everyone coming down on you, and if you’re not prepared to do that, then it’s not the right place.”