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Sidwell bests the field
Wilson also places at annual soccer tournament
(Published September 19, 2005)

Special to The Common Denominator

Sidwell Friends' boys varsity soccer team won the third annual John Warring D.C. Soccer Open Sept. 10 when a tie match in the Quakers'final game with Wilson Senior High gave Sidwell enough tournament points to take the championship.

The top three teams were chosen based on points assigned to wins, losses and ties, and the number of total goals scored. Sidwell came out on top with a final record of 1-0-2 and six goals scored.

The Heights School of Potomac, Md., took second place with one win, two ties and five total goals scored while Wilson rounded out the best three with a 2-0-1 tournament record and four goals scored.

Other participating teams from the District included St. Anselm's Abbey, Georgetown Day and Maret. St. Mary's Ryken of Leonardtown, Md., and Bishop Ireton High School of Alexandria, Va., completed the roster of participating schools.

The open is an annual fund-raiser for Wilson Senior High that pits the public school against D.C., Virginia and Maryland-area private schools. The matches are played over two days at Wilson and, this year, Ellington high school in Georgetown. John Warring III founded the tournament three years ago to honor his father, John W. Warring, who died n 2002. The elder Warring was known for his philanthropic work with inner-city youths.

Coach Jorgen Kjaer of Sidwell said his team won the championship because of the squad's determination to come back from behind in two key games against Bishop Ireton and The Heights.

"The guys were just determined to fight back and get a win," Kjaer said. "We played well, improving our defensive game from our first game, where we let three goals in, to only allowing one more goal the rest of the tournament."

Sidwell sophomore striker Yoni Berhanu, named the tournament's most valuable player, scored three goals for the Quakers and said his team showed the cohesiveness he thought had previously eluded them.

"I felt we came together," he said. "We didn't know how to play together in the pre-season, but during the tournament we pulled it together."

Other standouts for Sidwell included senior sweeper Andrew Smith, junior center midfielder Kevin Huang, freshman midfielder Frank Shaw and junior Alex Shreiber in defense.

According to Wilson Coach Jeff Schultz, a tie-making own-goal in the Tigers' first game against St. Mary's nixed their chances for the championship when the points were tallied up at the tournament's end.

"We were pretty solid all around," he said. "We only gave up three goals total and one of those was a goal we scored against ourselves."

A penalty-kick goal from Wilson captain and All-Tournament player Billy Beyer made the difference for the Tigers in an important game against Georgetown Day on the second day of play. Down 2-0 at the half, senior Beyer's goal put Wilson in the position to come back and win 3-2 in the second half.

Other Tiger standouts from the weekend included All-Tournament player sophomore Ryan Rosenbaum, senior midfielder Nathan Young, senior goalkeeper Jordan Tapia and sophomore Wilem Morin, the stopper whose defensive prowess helped the team shut out Sidwell in the final tournament game.

Even though Georgetown Day beat St. Anselm's and scored six goals between the Mighty Hoppers' three tournament games, a tie with The Heights and the loss to Wilson did not give them the record necessary to rack up winning tournament points. But according to Harold Newton, Georgetown Day's coach, his team got what they came for.

"What I love about this tournament is that it is such an educational experience," Newton said. "There were a lot of quality teams and it was good for us to play under that defensive pressure."

Making the All-Tournament team for Georgetown Day were junior striker Zachary Prillaman and Jeff Tracy, a senior midfielder. Prillaman scored two of the Mighty Hoppers' six goals.

Other key players for Georgetown Day were senior sweeper Ev Goldart, junior midfielder Sam Sture and junior striker Dicson Sohen with three assists.

The Maret Fighting Frogs finished up the tournament 0-1-2, but despite the no-win record, Coach Zaw Lyn said he was encouraged by the work ethic his team displayed and said without team "superstars," everyone has to chip in this season.

For captain and second time All-Tournament selection Matt Gittelman, a senior, chipping in meant playing sweeper with a hard-nose line of defense.

"There was a lot of pressure in the back from the teams we played," said Gittelman. "But one of the key things we use, which we need to get even better at, is our offsides trap."

Other standout players for the Frogs were freshman forward Nico Iadarola with two goals, freshman midfielder Daniel Lipsey and senior center midfielder Scott London.

The second-day match between the St. Anselm's Abbey Panthers and the Bishop Ireton Cardinals proved to be the Panthers' toughest game, according to Eugene Pascoe, St. Anselm's head coach. They were losing 2-0 when a two-goal rally from Pascoe's offense tied the game up, forcing Ireton to attempt another goal which the Cardinals completed to win 3-2.

"We fought so hard to get back into the game," Pascoe said. "I hated to lose it. Overall, I was proud of how the guys were able to stay focused in the games, fight hard and show a lot of heart."

St. Anselm's standouts included All-Tournament senior player Mike Edelin, middle school midfielder Michael Bard and junior Greg Hill. Also contributing in the midfield was All-Tournament selection Isiodore Smart, a senior.

St. Anselm's finished out the tournament with a win and two losses.

The weekend's games were structured so that schools that don't usually play each other in regular season play would do so at the tournament, said Eddie Saah, tournament organizer and Wilson's athletic director.

"The first year we only had six teams, now we have eight, so it has expanded," Saah said. "Next year we hope to grow to 10 participating teams, because The Field School and Potomac School want to play too."


Friday, September 9, 2005

· Wilson 1, St. Mary's 1
· Maret 1, St. Anselm's 2
· The Heights 2, Georgetown Day 2
· Bishop Ireton 3, Sidwell Friends 5

Saturday, September 10, 2005

· St. Anselm's 2, Bishop Ireton 3
· St. Mary's 3, Maret 1
· Wilson 3, Georgetown Day 2
· Sidwell Friends 1, The Heights 1
· St. Anselm's 1, Georgetown Day 2
· Maret 3, Bishop Ireton 3
· St. Mary's 1, The Heights 2
· Wilson 0, Sidwell Friends 0

· Nick Fekeci, Bishop Ireton
· Mike Edelin, St. Anselm's
· Zachary Prillaman, Georgetown Day
· Isiodore Smart, St. Anselm's
· Matt Gittelman, Maret
· Jeff Tracy, Georgetown Day
· J.J. Raley, St. Mary's
· Andrew Smith-Herman, Sidwell Friends
· Ryan Rosenbaum, Wilson
· Billy Beyer, Wilson
· Will Thomas, The Heights
· Pat Selwood, The Heights

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Yoni Behanu, Sidwell Friends

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