Size pays off for Seahawks
More height, more numbers translate into first win of season
The Seabury Academy boys soccer squad scored seven goals in its home opener against Heritage Christian at the Youth Sports Inc. fields – but the Seahawks were actually playing fairly timid.
“I just didn’t want to hurt anyone,” said Seabury’s Max Cannon following the 7-0 win. “Just didn’t want to hurt anyone and just take it a little more easy.”
The concern came from the fact that most of Heritage Christian’s team stood level with the chests – or lower – of the Seahawks players.
“They played well, they fought hard and I’ve really got to commend them,” Seabury coach Gunar Harmon said. “Knowing the situation, they competed very well.”
With the obvious height advantage – which was a hot topic among the fans throughout the game – Seabury (1-1) was able to sub in players without affecting its attack.
And the fact the Seahawks had kids to substitute is somewhat of a new luxury for Harmon.
“This is the most I’ve had on the bench all season,” said Harmon, who got a boost with newly added Otavio Gollo – a transfer from Brazil – and the return of Aaron Chung from a fractured bone in his foot. “Unfortunately, they were mostly larger than (the Heritage players).”
Teaming the height with the depth made for one restless goalkeeper in Seabury’s net.
“It kind of got boring back there,” Philip Anderson said, “but I got used to it.”
With the game in hand, Harmon decided to give Anderson a change of pace. He in turn hooked up for a goal with Simon Thompson – who also assisted a Scotty King goal in the ninth minute – during his action up front.
“(Anderson) was out of position in goal to begin with. He volunteered – when I asked him,” Harmon said. “He stepped forward to play goalkeeper and be a goalie.
“So I figured we’d give him a chance and funnel the ball to him in the field and Simon Thompson took care of that for us and gave an assist.”
But the real threat from the attacking Seahawks was Cannon, whose goal with under three minutes remaining in the game gave him a hat trick.
“I got lucky. I’ll just say I got lucky,” Cannon said. “The ball came to me, played it to the back of the net – that’s it.”
A surprised Harmon came back with, “He claimed he didn’t have one. I’ll have to talk to him about that.”
Despite playing an overmatched team, Harmon was happy with how the season is shaping up after just two games.
“We’re now at .500 – also scoring-wise – and I can settle with that right now,” said Harmon, whose squad, figuring in its season-opening 9-2 loss to Eudora, now has a 9-9 scoring ratio.