EHHS varsity soccer wins against Weaver

By Evan Pajer - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Oct. 12, 2012
EHHS's varsity boys' soccer team runs to stop an offensive push by Weaver in the first half. Photos by Evan Pajer.
EHHS's varsity boys' soccer team runs to stop an offensive push by Weaver in the first half. Photos by Evan Pajer.

On Oct. 10, East Hartford High School's varsity boys' soccer team won at home against Weaver. EHHS, which was coming off a 7-1 loss to Windsor on Oct. 9, quickly turned the game to their favor and kept it that way.
Within seconds of the first kick, the Hornets had complete control of the ball and pushed Weaver back to their goal. Weaver's defense struggled to catch up to EHHS's offense, but were left a step behind as East Hartford forward Kaleb Desvignes scored a goal with a kick Weaver's goalkeeper never saw coming.

The key difference between the teams was communication - EHHS had strong communication between players, needing very little input from their coaches. In contrast, it was up to Weaver's coach to attempt to coordinate a defense between his players. Weaver substituted several players in the first half, but was unable to stop the Hornets' offense. Weaver did get possession of the ball in the last few minutes, but made only two shots on goal before time was called.

At halftime, the tension on Weaver made itself obvious. Weaver's huddle looked more like a classroom lecture, the players sitting in tight lines until the 10-minute break was over. Even after the break, Weaver still seemed disoriented. East Hartford spent only half the break in a huddle, and was in position and ready to resume long before Weaver was.

The second half began with what looked like a comeback by Weaver, who pushed East Hartford back and made a third shot on goal, which was blocked. East Hartford used the block to gain momentum, and did not stop. Desvignes scored three more goals in the second half, one after the other.

Weaver's coach went from shouting to silent as East Hartford racked up points. Donovan Harris scored two more goals, bringing the game to 6-0. Just as it looked like it couldn't get any worse for Weaver, Eddie Perez got a goal off a header, giving East Hartford a 7-0 win.

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