GFS junior midfielder Jackson Craig (left) runs the ball during GFS’ 8-0 win against Phelps School. (Photo by Alec Kostival)

by Alec Kostival

After a 7-3 victory against Abington Friends, the Tigers did not slow down their offensive attack Saturday as they soundly defeated Phelps School 8-0.

It took about 10 minutes into the game for Germantown Friends School to take control for the rest of the match. The scoring started off in the 12th minute as junior midfielder Sam Weber fed the ball to senior striker Max Seldin for his first goal of the day.

In the 15th minute, sophomore midfielder Nolan Grady converted a penalty kick to push the lead to 2-0. This was enough for head coach Sam McIlvain as he subbed in back-up goalie sophomore Eli Kushner. Seldin continued his scoring in the 22nd minute off of a corner kick for his second of the day. Sixteen minutes later in the 38th, Seldin was able to complete the hat trick with his third goal on the day pushing the lead to 4-0.

“[Max] has a really good nose for the goal and today he had a little bit of space,” said McIlvain.

Many of GFS’ varsity starters had been taken off the field by the time the fourth goal was scored. Two freshmen in particular were not even listed in the program that the school had made for the game. The first, Lucas Johnson, found sophomore Liam Kleitz’s pass and scored for his first varsity goal in the 40th minute.

The scoring continued in the 50th minute as fellow freshman Liem Buckley put one in the back of the net to push the lead to 6-0. Johnson, the unlisted freshman, scored his second varsity goal in the 56th minute to push the lead further out of reach. In the next minute, another unlisted freshman, Max Orenstein, capped off the scoring with what would be the eighth and final goal.

“Lucas and Max are mainstays of the JV team, [which is] also a young team. They’re experienced players having played a lot of club ball and it shows,” said head JV coach Christopher Coxe.

The Tigers slowed the game down for the rest of the time for the win. The win pushes the Tigers’ record to 6-4-2 on the season.

Coach McIlvain spoke favorably about the youth of the squad. “We’re young. We’ve got very good older players, but our young kids are very strong too, and I’m very excited about the future of the program.”

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