A Mid-Season Soccer Update

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A Mid-Season Soccer Update

Playing the through ball, Caleb Grant (‘22) makes a break past the Sun Valley defense.

Playing the through ball, Caleb Grant (‘22) makes a break past the Sun Valley defense.

Playing the through ball, Caleb Grant (‘22) makes a break past the Sun Valley defense.

Playing the through ball, Caleb Grant (‘22) makes a break past the Sun Valley defense.

Logan Skinner, Staff Reporter

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With just under a month left in the PIAA boys soccer season, the Downingtown Whippets look to break into the top 10 of PIAA District 1. After maintaining a winning record of 4 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie, the Whippets suffered a 3-0 defeat against number 2 ranked Unionville. The then eighth-ranked Whippets have since dropped out of the top ten and into the twelfth spot, while Unionville has maintained their undefeated season. Although their loss was not a high-point of the season, the West boys have proved that they can play with higher-ranked teams, based on their 1-1 draw against sixth-ranked Pennsbury. “We’ve been struggling a bit, but we should be in the top-10. You never know what could happen because the skill difference between these teams isn’t that much,” said Whippet center back Connor Paige (‘20). 

The Whippets have made improvements offensively this year with Rye Jaran (‘20) and Toby Diaz Fraga (‘20) leading the team in goals in addition to serving as the team captains. The Whippets still have five remaining home games against the likes of Downingtown East, West Chester East, Neshaminy, Henderson, and CB West, as well as three road games against Great Valley, Kennett, and West Chester Rustin. Hopefully, the Whippets can finish in the top 10 and earn themselves a top rank for the District 1 playoffs.

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