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GAME 7 - Oxford Loses Non-League Tilt Against Williams.
Coming off a disappointing loss during Parents Weekend, The Boys in Blue looked to rebound with a win against The Williams School. Oxford started off strong, scoring a close range effort within 90 seconds to give the Charge the lead from Jaswani E. Nico D. placed a second into the back of the net giving Oxford a 2-0 lead. Oxford controlled the match until a miscommunication in the box led to an empty net goal for Williams. Within 5 minutes, another set of miscues gave Williams the tying and leading goals. A counter attack 5 minutes from half gave Williams a 4-2 lead. Keeper Max B did everything in his power to keep the Charge in the game. Eventually, Williams added one more to take a 5-2 victory back to New London. Oxford's loss brings their total record to 4-1-2 leading into Exam week.
GAME 6 - Oxford Loses first match of the year.
The Charge suffered its first lost of the year against Block Island 5-0. Oxford came out strong, but the Hurricanes came out stronger as Block held most of the possession for the first 10 minutes. Still, Oxford held as they did, until confusion in the box led to an easy Block Island goal. Within minutes later, Block scored off a corner set piece making it 2-0. Block added a third before half time. Still, not to be dejected, Oxford came out strong and got a few chances to start the second half. Two late goals gave Block a tally of 5 for the game. Still, the Oxford Man of the Match was Max B. who was stellar throughout the game. The lost brings the Charge's record to 4-1-1 in Coastal Prep League play.
GAME 5 - Oxford Wins again at Home
Soccer team suited up for a home game against an opponent they had seen in their first away match, the Middlebridge School. As the teams took the pitch the Oxford Academy boys were in for a tough match. The Charge took the early lead with a great personal effort by Pacy K. to put Oxford Academy up one - nil. The game went back and forth with Oxford Academy controlling the ball in the midfield and pressing. Middlebridge tied it up and with a great crossed ball but Oxford Academy came right back with an answer by Jaswani E. assisted by Jonathan B. The final goal was scored from an assist by Luke B. to Jaswani E. as Oxford won 3-2. Oxford still undefeated in Coastal Prep League play at 4-1-0 and 13 out of 15 possible points.
GAME 4 - Oxford Travels to Block Island
The Oxford Academy soccer team made their annual trip to wonderful Block Island a successful one as the team picked up a point against Coastal Prep League Rival, Block Island School. The match was fierce from start to finish. Both teams played on the attack to start the match, however, Block Island had the first set of chances. Oxford sprung a few counter attacks which forced a few saves from the BIS keeper. Block Island struck first with a penalty, given the Hurricanes a 1-0 advantage going into halftime. The second half, Oxford found the net with a fantastic individual play from Nicolas D. who attempted to chip the keeper, only to have Pacy K. tap in the empty netter. Oxford's Man of the Match was Goalkeeper Max B. who helped persevere the lead with stellar saves and command of the box. The match ended 1-1, earning a solid point, bringing Oxford's record to 3-1-0 and 10 points in the Coastal Prep League.
GAME 3 - Oxford starts 3 for 3
Oxford Academy played Barrington Christian Academy away in Swansea Massachusetts. The team came out a bit flat on a wet field. At half time, the Charge found themselves tied one to one. After an incredible halftime speech by M Pachnuik where he challenged the team to give 100% in order to be victorious, today and in games in the future, flood gates opened and Oxford Academy started to break away. The goal scoring was led by the teams two leading scorers Nicolas D. and Pacy K. Then other players got into the action Dylan B. found himself in the right position to put one in the back of the net. First year players like Ethan S. and Luke B. joined with assists and goals. When it was all said and done the score was 7-1 in Oxford Academy’s favor.
GAME 2 - Oxford Wins Home Opener.
Oxford suited up for their first home game against Barrington Christian Academy and came out victorious with a 7-0 shut out. The "Boys in Blue" came out ready to play. The passing and teamwork in the middle of the field started out fantastic led by the core anchored by captain Jaswani E., Nicolas D and debutante Jonathan B. The international connection lead to 4 goals in the first half. The ball movement through play-maker Nicolas D kept BCA on the back foot thorough out the match. Pacy K. netted another hat trick and with two goals and two assist, Nicolas D picked up Man of the Match. Luther E netted his first two Oxford goals to complete the scoring for the Charge. Max B. persevered the shutout with several good saves. Oxford is now 2-0-0 in the Coastal Prep Soccer League and play BCA again on Wednesday.
GAME 1 - Oxford wins Season Opener.
The soccer team went to the Middlebridge School to start off their 2018 soccer season. The Oxford Academy came away with a victory 6-4. Goalkeeper Max B. kept the Charge in the game early with a couple of stellar stairs. Once the defense settled their feet, Oxford was able to push the ball forward and the goals started flowing in. The offence was led by Pacy K. who chose finesse over power and passed the ball into the back of the goal, netting 4 goals in his Oxford debut. Everyone who dressed for the game saw playing time and Gresham H. and Mike W. came in to relieve starters and keep the Charge going. Goal keeper Silas B. came in and was stunned with a half court shot but otherwise was a brick wall in an excellent debut. Excellent coaching by Mr Pachnuik led the way for the boys in white. Oxford is now 1-0-0 in the Coastal Prep Soccer League.
BOYS IN BLUE WIN FIRST LEAGUE TITLE
November 3, 2017Enjoy Taylor Sahl's fantastic highlight video of the Oxen's victory over TSA, clinching the first Coastal Prep League Title in school history! Congratulations on a spectacular season.
Oxford Dismantles Grove to Advance to Conference Final
November 1, 2017
Pictures are worth a thousand words! Video courtesy of Taylor Sahl.
Oxen Cruise as Henry Scores First Career Goal
October 23, 2017
The celebration was electric after Joe Henry scored his first ever goal. Henry's tally punctuated a resounding victory against non-conference rival St. Thomas More. The team got off to a fast start and never looked back. After denting the woodwork several times, the Boys in Blue let loose with goals from Liv Ferdinand, Ronald Mugisha, Lucas Guevara, and Luca Muir. But it was Henry's that brought the partisan crowd to its feet on an unusually warm autumn day. On the defensive side of things, goalie Max Bonchek enjoyed a bounce back effort making multiple stellar saves from close range. Danny Harrington, Jaswani Evans, and Bailin Pollard kept things organized on the back end while Simon Louis and Max Lakritz worked in the midfield to get the ball up top. Sophomore Noah Lau also enjoyed a breakthrough effort as he continues to carve out his role with the team. Gresham Halladay and Michael Walsh also earned valuable minutes throughout both halves. All in all, it was a successful start to a busy week as the Oxen return to league play on Wednesday against TSA.
Oxford Drops First Game of the Season
October 16, 2017
The soccer team fell for the first time this season school to non-Conference opponent the Williams School. The Oxen were coming off a hard fought, but disappointing draw to rival Block Island and those tired legs might have worn on Oxford as they traveled away to New London on a drab Monday afternoon. The match started relatively uneventful with each side feeling the other out. About fifteen minutes into the match, senior Livingston Ferdinand opened the scoring when he buried a close range effort. At this point, with a 1-0 lead, the Oxen pushed forward to try to make it two, but were left with a numbers down situation on a counterattack. The Williams forward ripped a left footed shot from fifteen yards out off a cross form the right side to level the score at 1-1. The Oxen began to unravel from there. The team lost the run of play, before conceding a second goal when they couldn’t deal with a Williams' cross. Frustrated and reeling, the Oxen let up another goal no more than two minutes later when the defense didn’t properly clear a ball and junior Goalkeeper Max Bonchek let a ball — one that he probably wished he had back — go underneath to make it 3-1 in quick succession. The team was down 3-1 at half.
The Oxen responded in the second half and really controlled possession and the majority of the dangerous chances. With twenty minutes left, Ferdinand scored his second goal of the match to pull the Oxen back within one goal. While the Oxen pushed, the Williams defense was stout and didn’t hand Oxford any golden opportunities. With four minutes left and Oxford sending junior center-back Jaswani Evans forward, Williams scored a back breaking fourth goal to secure three points. The Oxen fell 4-2 in their first loss of the 2017 season.
Oxen Earn Tough Draw
October 14, 2017Check out this video of our Parents' Weekend game with Block Island! Thanks for putting it together Taylor Sahl!
Oxford Survives TSA
October 11, 2017
The Oxford Academy boys traveled up to the western side of Providence for a tough matchup with Time Squared Academy. Oxford Academy drew first with a goal form Captain Livingston Ferdinand. He had many great individual efforts as he unrelentingly pushed the ball up to challenge their goalkeeper. The Oxen started a new face in goal and were impressed with Noah Lau’s strong play and many saves. Ronald Mugisha had a great game with two goals and two assists. Bruce Ngoga ran box to box and had the other assist to put the game strongly in his team's favor. TSA did not give up as they were able to put the ball in the back of the net on a corner kick, despite the strong play form Bailin Pollard and Dan Harrington in the back field. Simon Louis led by example and contributed offensively by playing great balls up the wing to Lucas Guevara. Oxford did not back down and kept its mental focus resulting in a strong 4-2 victory.
Oxford Stays Afloat Against Middlebridge
October 9, 2017
On an ugly, windy, rainy October afternoon, the Oxford Academy Boys Soccer team locked in a 6-2 victory over league opponent Middlebridge. The conditions leading up to gametime were less than ideal, yet the Oxen persevered in the wet weather. Senior Ronald Mugisha was fed a few chances early, but some nice saves by the Middlebridge goalkeeper kept Oxford at bay. A clear foul in the opposition’s box on senior Livingston Ferdinand led to a penalty kick that Oxford’s captain bulleted home for the finish and 1-0 lead. Not long after that freshman Lucas Guevera got involved, cut from the left flank onto his right foot, and slotted home a finish to make it 2-0.
The game held like this until fifteen minutes remained when senior Bruce Ngoga rifled home a sixteen yard blast to the lower right hand corner of the Middlebridge goal, before Ronald Mugisha, on a breakaway, netted his first goal of the game.
Oxford cruised from there on out. Junior goalkeeper Noah Lau made his first appearance in net and senior winger Victor Lathuras scored his second goal of the season. The senior was supremely energetic throughout and after a nice setup from Ferdinand, hit a well struck ball that cracked the upper right hand side of the Middlebridge net. Through the wet weather and really nice play from Middlebridge’s captain, the Narragansett school pulled two goals back in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as Oxford triumphed to a 6-2 victory. The Oxen notched their sixth win of the season and remain undefeated on the year.
Oxen Conquer the Grove School
October 5, 2017
The Oxford Academy Boys Soccer team traveled to nearby Madison, CT to face local and league rival Grove School. Facing off against the team that beat them in penalty kicks in last year’s Coastal Prep League semifinal, the Oxen came in hungry for a rematch. The first ten minutes saw the two sides even, with neither team creating great scoring opportunities. The breakthrough came after senior Ronald Mugisha ran rampant down the right side of the Grove defense and played a low driven cross to the far post, where left winger Luca Muir completed a long run and banged home the first goal of the contest with his left foot from three yards out. In keeping up with the 2017 Oxford Boys soccer team trend, the floodgates opened after the first goal with two more scores directly after the first. Senior forward Livingston Ferdinand found the back of the net off a through ball, before Lucas Guevara hit a thirty yard screamer — his second impressive long range effort of the season — to make it 3-0.
Things didn’t get easier for Grove School as a sublime through ball by Bruce Ngoga found Ronald Mugisha and the Grove goalkeeper in a foot race for the ball midway through the first half. Mugisha beat him to the ball and neatly chipped it over him and into the back of the net. It was an an absolutely class finish from the senior. Not to be outdone, senior midfielder Ngoga hit an angled blast from fifteen yards out to find the scoresheet before the half’s end. For all intents and purposes, the match was finished in the first half. With an injury to junior standout Jaswani Evans, junior Bailin Pollard deputized nicely in the center-back spot, while junior Joe Henry was a stalwart replacement at the right-back position. Senior Max Lakritz had another nice and tidy match in the defensive midfield spot too. The 7-1 win puts the Oxen at a 5-0 record for the 2017 season.
Oxen Win Home Opener
October 3, 2017
For the first home game of the season Oxford Academy had great fan support and the team used that energy to come away with a solid 8-1 victory. On a hot fall day, the Oxen put out a confident starting 11 to take on the same opponent they had beaten on the road in their season opener. The offense controlled the ball quite well with captain Livingston Ferdinand racking up a trio of assists and senior Ronald Mugisha putting the first two markers on the board. Jaswani Evens controlled the ball with a cool pace and smooth touch in the back field; he even snuck up to play with the front line and scored a goal of his own. Keeper Max Bonchek largely kept the ball out of the net and displayed patience and pinpoint accuracy playing the ball forward. Luther Eisaman and Davis King ran the pitch and combined with teammates to put pressure on the opposing defense. Mike Walsh saw a healthy amount of playing time and had a couple of touches on the ball. Gresham Halladay came in as a bench favorite and had a shot on goal. Good win at home Oxford Academy!
Soccer Concludes Successful Week with Third Win
September 28, 2017
Oxford's coaches could not have been more proud of the team effort on display on Thursday as the team cruised to a 6-0 win against Middlebridge. They stacked the lineup with all seniors and Livingston Ferdinand took advantage by starting the game off with a hat trick. Ronald Muguisha continued his goal a game streak by adding another. Max Laxritz relentlessly drove at the goalkeeper until he punched the ball in the back of the net for the first goal of his Oxford career. Victor Lathuras contributed by putting himself in the right place in the box and netting his first goal of the year. Lucas Guevara had a notable game as he was able to move the ball around to open up many of the offene's attacks. Dan Fernandes came off the bench and held his defensive position. Gresham Halladay and Michael Walsh also made impressive contributions to the team. As stated earlier, it truly was a team effort!
Oxford Wins Tough Game with Block Island
September 27, 2017
The Oxford Academy Boys Soccer Team notched one of the greatest wins of recent memory in their 3-2 away victory against Block Island. In just the second game of the season, the Oxen made the long and arduous hike, one that included an hour ferry ride with ten foot waves, to do what no Oxford team has been able to do — beat rival Block Island away. With a limited turnaround from boat to warm-up to game time, the Oxen started off with a lot of energy. The first five minutes saw both sides feeling each other out, but quickly the dynamic changed and the Oxford attack reared its menacing head and began to takeover. Controlling the game from the middle, the trio of freshman Lucas Guevera, senior Bruce Ngoga, and senior playmaker Livingston Ferdinand forced the game into Oxford’s favor. It wasn’t long before Ferdinand sprung a streaking Ronald Mugisha into space. The Block Island goalkeeper left his line to win the ball, only to see Mugisha beat him to that ball, and chip it over the keeper for a sublime finish. Oxford kept the pressure up and it felt like they would add to their lead momentarily. The Ferdinand-Mugisha connection hit again, accept this time the class was from Ferdinand who lofted a perfectly placed ball over the top of the Block Island defense, to Mugisha who was clinical with his chance. The Oxen went into the half with a 2-0 lead.
Mirroring their encounter at Barrington Christian Academy two days earlier, the Oxen began the second half slow. Off a corner kick, the Oxen were poor in their marking and let a free header to Block within the six yard box for the Islanders to pull back a goal and make it 2-1. The score remained the same for the next ten minutes with senior Max Lakritz working hard in the defensive midfield spot and junior center-back Jaswani Evans doing well to keep Block Island at bay. The game winner occurred with fifteen minutes left, when a foul thirty-five yards out led to a free kick opportunity to the Oxen. Senior Bruce Ngoga surprised the Block defense by going for goal and notching his second incredible strike in as many games. It gave the Oxen a 3-1 lead and took the wind out of a surging Block Island side. Confusion about a foul led to the Oxford defense freezing, before Block Island scored their second goal of the half with five minutes to play, leaving the score at 3-2 for a nervy finale. The Oxen were fatigued, but fighting and the organization of center-back Dan Harrington, the defending of junior Bailin Pollard and seniors Joe Henry and Victor Lathuras, along with the hard work of Ferdinand dropping deep to secure the lead, saw the Oxen see out the game. It was a momentous, hard fought, and deserving victory for Oxford in their young season.
Oxen Win Opener Against BCA
September 25, 2017
The Oxford Boys Soccer Team started off the 2017 season in triumphant fashion with a 4-1 win over Barrington Christian Academy. Traveling north to Swansea, Massachusetts, the visitors worked out first game jitters in the first twenty minutes as the score remained 0-0. Oxford senior striker Ronald Mugisha had a half chance five minutes into the match that was saved by the BCA goalkeeper, but outside of that the beginning of the half was even — though Oxford had more possession than their opponents.
The deadlock was broken when senior Livingston Ferdinand played a through ball to the streaking Mugisha who gave the BCA goalkeeper no chance with a powerful low driven strike 12 yards from net. Oxford didn’t take long to double the lead when Mugisha, coming off a rebound from the left side of the goal, hammered home his second goal in five minutes to give the Oxen a 2-0 lead, a lead which they brought into halftime.
Oxford began the second half a bit flat and the lack of urgency cost them. Barrington was able to pull a goal back with a knock down scrum in the Oxford eighteen yard box, that ended with the home side neatly finishing a loose ball. The Oxen responded fantastically as just five minutes later Freshman Lucas Guevera’s long range effort off a counterattack, sailed over the BCA’s keeper’s head, hitting the bottom of the crossbar, and rippling the back of the net. The strike was hit from thirty yards out and capped an impressive debut from Guevera. Just like the second goal came quickly after the first, so did the Oxen’s fourth goal come quickly after the third. Fourth year senior Bruce Ngoga, collected a pass on the right side of BCA’s eighteen yard box and blasted a shot towards net. Hitting the ball without a great angle, the pulsing strike knuckled and dipped to hit the upper ninety of the far post, notching Ngoga the most spectacular strike of his Oxford career. Dan Harrington, Bailin Pollard, and Jaswani Evans — the back three defenders of the Oxford squad — saw out the game nicely for a strong first win.
Oxen Conclude Regular Season vs. Middlebridge
October 25, 2016
Photos courtesy of Taylor Sahl
Davis King and the Boys in Blue ended the regular season with a 4-1 victory over Middlebridge. The entire Oxford Community is looking forward to the Coastal Prep playoffs which will begin next week. Oxford should enter the post-season tournament as one of the top two seeds. Great job Oxford soccer!
Oxen Fight Back Against Grove
October 24, 2016
OA and Grove met up on a windy fall day. Oxford felt quite happy to come up away with a challenging 5-3 victory. This match saw the lead change hands multiple times. Grove came out and scored first. Oxford came right back with captain Livingston Ferdinand showing great individual effort to knot the game. The field was wide and the Oxen were able to find Ronald Mugisha out left on a number of occasions to bring the ball up the pitch and put it in the box for his teammates to get chances on net. Michael Wahba came off the bench and brought gusto to the game. Naif Alfahad played a more offensive position and, with a great touch and heads up play, distributed the ball in front of the box to create opportunities for the Oxen. Victor Lathuras played the majority of the game running from the front line to take shots and back to support the midfield when they needed it. Liam Murray kept the front of the back line in check and stepped up to pick up any advancing offensive players to keep the game in Oxford’s favor. All of their efforts resulted in a thrilling come from behind 5-3 victory.
Oxford Finds Success Against TSA
October 21, 2016
Oxford Academy defeated Times Squared Academy at home, 7-3. The Oxen's only loss came against the same squad earlier in the season. Livingston Ferdinand and Ronald Mugisha enjoyed great games with each scoring multiple goals. The back line held strong as Noah Roberts played a clean game and calmly took charge. Even when the Oxen went down early in the second half of the game, they never lost their cool and showed strong character and team play to open up the floodgates. The ensuing deluge broke the spirit of their opponents. Quinn Russo also stood out as he marked up against strong players and shut down most of their offensive attack. Liam Murray was also formidable as he distributed the ball out of the back field. Victor Lathuras and Michael Wahba also played pivotal roles off of the bench. All in all, it was a full team effort and it led to a rousing victory for the Boys in Blue.
Sterling Effort Leads Oxen Over St. Andrews
October 19, 2016
Oxford lined up against an unfamiliar opponent yesterday when squaring off against St. Andrews' JV squad. As the starters took the field it was clear that they came out not only to play but to dominate, and that is just what they did. Coach Pachniuk stated “that was the best 15 minutes of soccer he has seen this season.” Livingston Ferdinand and Ronald Mugisha had a great time creating opportunities for each other up front while they added notches to their season totals and put points on the board. Senior Quinn Russo worked tirelessly to score a goal on St. Andrews' imposing and impressive keeper. Graeme Cohen subbed in for starting goalie Max Bonchek in the second half and kept the shutout going. Victor Lathuras and Max Lakritz both kept the offensive onslaught going as crosses and shots rained down. Sam van Praag came in and held his defensive position like politicians hold rallies. Davis King showed good footwork as he played directly up and down the middle of the field. It was a dominant team effort by the Boys in Blue, culminating in a 7-0 victory.
Boys in Blue Drop First Game of Season
October 18, 2016
The Oxford Academy’s undefeated season came to a halt on Tuesday as the Oxen fell to conference foe Times Squared Academy in Providence, RI. The match started out nicely for the Ox as a mistake in the back led to a breakaway opportunity for junior Ronald Mugisha. The forward tucked the breakaway into the back of the net to give the Oxford a 1-0 lead. Oxford had a few more chances, but after a fluid build-up, TSA equalized midway through the first half. Oxford and TSA went back and forth for the remainder of the half with both teams creating quality opportunities. The Oxen put in a second with ten minutes to play, again from Mugisha on a feed from Ferdinand, but TSA equalized shortly after. The score was 2-2 as the teams went into break.TSA came out strong and had the better of play throughout the second half. Senior Quinn Russo worked tirelessly in defense while stalwarts Murray, Roberts, sophomore Noah Goldstein, senior Stephen Pasternak, and Simon Louis held down the backline. Their efforts should have been enough to hold TSA, but a questionable PK call with 5 minutes left sealed Oxford’s fate. TSA converted the ensuing penalty and Oxford lost the match 3-2, their first loss of the season.
Oxford Gets Back on Track Against STM
October 15, 2016
Less than twenty-four hours after their battle at Block Island, the Oxford Academy boys soccer team traveled to St. Thomas More school for their homecoming game. In a match that saw decent home support, the Oxen crushed their Connecticut rival. The scoring opened with two goals from Junior Ronald Mugisha in the opening five minutes. From then on, the Oxen dominated both possession and quality chances. Livingston Ferdinand got on the scoresheet as well before being subbed off and junior Simon Louis performed well going forward.The match offered opportunities for some Oxen players and many took advantage of their chances. Michael Wahba had a wonderful game in attack. Deployed in both the striker and outside midfield role, the newcomer added pace, energy, and even a goal to the attack. Victor Lathuras racked up minutes too and combined well going forward with Freshman Davis King. Both players scored a goal in the match. A true team effort, many players made the scoresheet and everyone worked hard. It was a nice bounceback victory for the Oxen.
Oxen Draw with Block Island
October 14, 2016
On a beautiful and blustery autumn day, the Oxford Academy boys soccer team traveled to Block Island to face their rivals for the second time this season. After three plus hours of travel via vans, ferries, and school bus, Oxford arrived at Block Island’s pristine pitch. Defeating the islanders just six days previous, the Oxen started off strong. Dominating possession and dangerous in attack, the Oxen created two decent chances through the runs of Ronald Mugisha and Livingston Ferdinand. Oxford’s defense in the meantime remained stout. Seniors Noah Roberts and Liam Murray organized the back four and handled any counterattacks that Block Island was producing. The breakthrough came in the 25th minute when Livingston Ferdinand reacted to a deflection in the box and fired away a strike into the back of the Block Island net. Just five minutes later Junior Bruce Ngoga made a gaping run through midfield and was taken down inside the Block Island box. It is was an impressive feat of dribbling, but on the ensuing penalty, which Ngoga took, he careened the ball of Block Island’s left post. The score was 1-0 going into halftime.
Block Island had an energetic start to the first ten minutes of the second half, but didn’t produce any marquee chances. Ronald Mugisha had a breakaway attempt deflected in the 70th minute and five minutes later Ngoga failed to convert a golden opportunity 10 yards out. The inability to make it a two goal game gave confidence to the home team and they pushed the Oxen in the last ten minutes of play. Their attack was rewarded when a clearance from Noah Roberts inadvertently hit his hand. Block capitalized on a thirty-five yard free kick, with less than a minute to play, and rocketed an equalizer into the upper right of the Oxford net. The Boys in Blue were forced to accept a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
Oxford hosts Williams
October 10, 2016
This game saw two evenly matched teams in their only meeting of the year. On this day Oxford was victorious. The Oxen entered the pitch showing some fatigue, still reveling from the big win on Parents' Weekend. Oxford calmed themselves and gained their composure, sized up their technically sound opponent, and set the tone and pace in a 2-0 win. Danny Harrington played a strong right back while playing the ball out of the defensive zone to give the backline some breathing room. Noah Roberts held the line and showed strength while taking on the always tough role of last man to beat. Noah Goldstein dropped back in the midfield when Oxford took an early lead and thwarted many attacks in the middle of the the field. Up front Michael Wahba played tenaciously off the bench. Livingston Ferdinand opened up the scoring for the day with hard play displaying a natural talent to finish. Bruce Ngoga put himself in the right place as he added a second goal when he received a cross and finessed the ball by the opposing team's goalie. All in all, it was a solid win after a tough match; good work Oxford!
Bonchek Leads Oxford to Scintillating Victory
October 8, 2016
Parents' Weekend and the first game that felt like autumn provided a compelling backdrop for this 1-0 victory over Block Island. Leaves and temperatures were not the only things falling, the rain held off for most of the morning but even as it increased from a light drizzle to a steady clip after halftime, this did not diminish the fans and parents showing their support. We'd like to offer a special thanks to the fans that came to support us. As the match got under way and both teams attempted to assert their dominance in the Coastal Prep League. The Oxen kept the pressure on with technical and direct play from up front starters, Naif Alfahad and Bruce Ngoga. The Oxen were able to get Ronald Mugisha the ball on many occasions and he worked his magic in the corner to create havoc behind Block's defense. In the first half, the defense held tight but goalie Maxwell Bonchek was still tested a couple times and each time he was up to the challenge. Noah Roberts had an incredible play in front of the goal to save a ball with a back of the head flick that otherwise would have put Block Island up 1-0. Noah also worked a little shake and bake to pass the ball up to the feet of Noah Goldstein who was able to keep the play going forward. Quinn Russo was superb at defending against strong attackers. The bench played a pivotal role as Danny Harrington used his feet, knees, head and whatever else he brought in his bag of tricks to play shut down defense. Davis King came off the bench to fill a middle spot as well as Victor Lathuras. Sam van Praag added his contribution when he went in and had some one-two combos to advance play in Oxford's favor. At the end of the day, it was Livingston Ferdinand's nifty nutmeg followed by a short-side blast that clinched the victory and enabled the soggy fans to go home satisfied.
Oxen Win Tiebreaker versus BCA
October 4, 2016
The Oxen traveled 1 ½ hours north looking to break the deadlock after a season opening tie (5-5) with Barrington Christian Academy. Oxford, with a full squad in tow, was pleasantly surprised at the large size of the field and took this one to the house in a 7-4 win. Max Bonchek was a stone wall in goal keeping the Oxen in it, giving up just one goal while he was in net. The middle of the field worked brilliantly with each other: Ronald Mugisha had 2 assists, Livingston Ferdinand had a hat trick plus one, and Noah Roberts had a shot from just in front of half field that hit the back of the net before the wind went through the goalie’s gloves. Naif Alfahad was on top of his game and during his possession he not only beat, tricked and astounded the other team he distributed out of midfield setting up most of the offence. Off the bench players Sam van Praag, Michael Wahba, and Graham Cohen helped keep this game interesting and maintain the lead for the Oxen.
Oxford Bests Grove
October 3, 2016
Check out Taylor Sahl's video from Oxford's 7-4 victory.
Our game with Grove saw the home team hit its stride midway through the first half. Their early work led to a quick lead that showed they could win and allowed many of the substitutes to come off the bench to pitch in. Starter Quinn Russo showed good hustle through his play in the backfield. He often combined with the offense on one-two passing. Sam van Praag filled a role in the back playing solid defense. Graham Cohen came in and played a good game in goal as Oxford put another victory into the record books.
Oxen Overcome Middlebridge
September 29, 2016
Oxford traveled to Narraganset to play Middlebridge on Thursday. The Oxen drove out to play a team they had seen in the past and in a classy manner walked away with a 4-2 win. Coach Pachniuk set a lineup that was poised to control the ball, spread the field and hold possession. Defender Noah Roberts had a solid game shutting down opponents and starting team play from the backfield. Liam Murray displayed his leadership skills while directing traffic and distributing the ball. Ronald Mugisha opened up the field by keeping the ball out wide and drawing first blood by putting the ball in the back of the net. Off the bench, Victor Lathuras had a great game up front, often finding himself in the right place at the right time. A notable game was had by Davis King as he distributed the ball to Simon Louis multiple times, they will hopefully continue to connect as the season moves forward.
Oxen Earn Thrilling Tie with BCA
September 26, 2016
Oxford’s first game was a struggle because the team had a limited bench with only one substitute against a team, Barrington Christian Academy, with which we are unfamiliar. The Oxen earned a draw and everyone that played gave 100%. Naif Alfahad opened up the season with Oxford’s first goal and then contributed 2 more throughout the game. Noah Goldstein had a great one time shot from the top of the 18 to energize the squad and keep the game in reach when the Oxen went down 4-2. Livingston Ferdinand played box to box, hustling in the mid field. Rookie goalie Max Bonchek put up a good performance bringing a big foot and athleticism to the position. The Oxen will see BCA in a week and hopes to improve on this result.
Oxford Travels to Providence to Take On Paul Cuffee
October 14, 2015
Oxford Academy traveled north on 95 to face Paul Cuffee in what was an even match all the way to the end. This was the first time the entire team did not travel together as only a squad of 13 was taken. This did not stop Livingston Ferdinand from giving the other team a run for its money as he went hard for every ball and would not be out worked by anyone on the field He also scored the Oxen's only goal in this 2-1 loss. Sam Thompson played a critical roll in the midfield coming back to defend and to stop the advances of the other team. Bruce Ngoga, Kenny Butera, and Ronald Mugisha also worked hard to get the ball up the left side and had many opportunities.
The defense kept the game close and at half Oxford was up 1-0. Richard Chen was a wall and stopped his opponents' onslaught. Liam Murray, Quinn Russo, Noah Roberts, and Logan Blumenthal did well as a defensive group for the majority of the game. In the last 7 minutes of the game, mental mistakes cost Oxford Academy dearly. Goalie Austin Inwood received a penalty in the box when he came up with the ball and the referee ruled it a dangerous play. Austin was able to block the kick and keep the game in Oxford’s favor. Two minutes later there was another penalty for a hand ball in the box and after this the game was tied. In the last minute of the game, the whistle blew and the ref called another penalty against a disorganized Oxford defense. The ball was once again placed for a penalty kick and Paul Cuffee scored the final blow.
Oxford Travels to Middlebridge for First Time
October 12, 2015
Oxford Academy traveled to the lovely waterfront school of Middlebridge for a game that was close until half time. In the second act, Oxford took control for a 7-0 win. The Oxen played a controlled game with tact and confidence. The play in the front was led by Bruce Ngoga and Sam Thompson, with help coming from Graham Cohen. Austin Inwood started in goal and played a perfect game until half time when Hayden McCallum jumped into net and got himself three saves. Livingston Ferdinand had some wonderful strikes on the ball to lead the offense and continue his dominance as an attacking weapon. Ronald Mugisha also put in a goal. Noah Roberts pushed up front to use his athletic ability and skill to win corner kicks and keep the ball on the other team's half of the field. It was a rousing victory filled with excellent teamwork.
Oxford Sinks Block Island
October 9, 2015
Block Island, the team that gave the Oxen their first loss of the season, came to Westbrook for a showdown. This game would highlight who had made adjustments and improved during the season up to this point. Oxford was pumped up for this one and they came out like gangbusters. Kenny Butera had a great game setting up balls for forwards Ronald Mugisha and Livingston Ferdinand. Eli Davis played out wide which allowed him to receive balls and make plays that stretched out the other team's defense. Logan Blumenthal won many balls in the air and on the ground to keep the ball locked on Block Island's side. Austin Inwood played a great game in the net. It was an impressive effort as the team cruised to a 5-1 victory. They will hopefully meet again in the playoffs for the rubber match
Oxen Soar Past S.T.M.
October 7, 2015
The Saint Thomas More team traveled to Oxford to play the teams' first match of the season and Oxford Academy rose to the challenge. Last year, S.T.M. gave Oxford Academy a loss early on at home and then Oxford went on to tie them in what Coach Pachniuk recalls as “one of best games of Oxford’s 2014 season.” This year was different. When the whistle blew for the opening kickoff, the Oxen quickly gained the lead and never looked back in this 4 - 0 victory. Early on Oxford demonstrated a calm confidence with Noah Roberts in the backfield leading his defensive team of Liam Murray, Quinn Russo and Richard Chen. Goalkeeper Austin Inwood held his ground and used his voice to position his players strategically. Buoyed by a shift in the lineup, Sam Thompson played a big role in the offense along with dynamic play from Bruce Ngoga who collected and distributed balls to players through the first half. Off the bench, Max Lakritz ran from sideline to sideline to sway plays in Oxford’s favor. Simon Louis also had several shots on goal. Overall, the team's play was strong and the victory was decisive.
Oxford Draws with Williams in Thrilling Fashion
October 5, 2015
Oxford Academy tied Williams 3-3 in an absolutely thrilling match away from home. Oxford dictated the beginning of the first half with their possession and work-rate. The Oxen created dangerous chances with Livingston Ferdinand, Ken Butera, Moose Ferdinand, and Ronald Mugisha all getting involved. Dismal communication struck though in the twelfth minute when senior goalkeeper, Austin Inwood, and junior center-back, Noah Roberts, went for the same ball, only to see it skip past them and onto the foot of an oncoming Williams attacker. Oxford went down 1-0. Moments later though, Oxford leveled the score. Cutting in from the left-wing, leading goal scorer Ronald Mugisha rifled a low drive in the bottom corner of the net. Ten minutes later, the other half of Oxford’s dynamic attack, Livingston Ferdinand, put the Oxen up 2-1 after finding himself on a breakaway off of a sublime ball from sophomore Bruce Ngoga, and coolly finishing in front of the net. With just seconds remaining in the first half, Williams equalized as a frantically defended free kick ended with a handball in the box. Inwood made a valiant effort to save the PK, but his outstretched fingertips just missed the well-struck shot.
Feeling that they had the better of the play in the first half, Oxford came out strong in the second half but were hampered by off-sides calls. Innumerable amounts of promising build-ups were ended with Oxford attackers straying a few paces past the last defender before through balls were played. The Oxen paid for their lack of capitalizing on ample opportunities when Williams scored off of a corner kick with about fifteen minutes to play. The scoreline holding at 3-2, Inwood made a key save with ten minutes left to keep Oxford in the game. The theatrics though, were not done yet. With less than ten seconds left, Oxford found a way. Similar to his clinching goal against Paul Cuffee, Livingston Ferdinand was the hero as he willed his way through the Williams defense and fired a shot past the helpless Williams goalkeeper. It was a dramatic end to a match that Oxford deserved to get something out of.
Oxford Finds Success on Parents' Weekend
October 3, 2015
In a match that let Oxford Academy work on its interior passing and ball movement, the Oxen walked away with their Parents' Day matchup with Woodhall, 7-1. The families enjoyed themselves as did the great sportsmen from Woodhall and the Boys in Blue. The team play demonstrated by Oxford showed a squad that is starting to understand how to work as a cohesive unit. The midfield kept the game in Oxford’s favor with Logan Blumenthal moving the ball forward nicely. Moose Ferdinand connected the defense and offense to allow Oxford to outplay their opponents and dominate ball control. Ronald Mugisha used his bag of tricks and fancy footwork to continue his scoring rampage. Ross Gedrich was active on the wing. Eli Davis used what he had worked on in practice and kept the ball out wide and had some great crosses to the waiting strikers: Livingston Ferdinand, Ken Butera, and Max Lakritz. The defense was led by voracious play from Richard Chen who played like a wall for the offense to get around. Toby Jiang came in and added a burst of energy all around the field. Austin Inwood came out of goal and helped support the team's effort and play the field. It was capped off by Quinn Russo's move to the top of the field and the two wonderful goals he scored. Overall this was a team victory.
Oxen Run Past Paul Cuffee at Home
October 1, 2015
The Oxen put in a well-deserved 3-0 win against Coastal Prep League opponent, Paul Cuffee, on their home turf. In a replay of last year’s semifinal match-up, the match was hard fought and entertaining throughout. Without key player Moose Ferdinand, the Oxen put senior Ken Butera back into the attacking midfield position and he shined. Within the first five minutes of the match, Oxford combined for eight consecutive passes before Butera eliminated a player off the dribble and layed a perfect ball across the face of goal to sophomore Ronald Mugisha who finished the shot. With Oxford up 1-0, Paul Cuffee fought back. Cuffee threw some technically gifted attackers at the Oxen, and while the defense held strong, the visitors threatened. With two shots off the post and a golden opportunity in front of Oxford’s net, the visitors were unlucky to not get a goal. Yet their struggles in front of net bit them before half, as Ronald Mugisha netted his second goal of the game five minutes before half.
Oxford came out fiery in the second half and maintained a high level of effort and pressure on their opponents. This culminated in Livingston Ferdinand putting the Oxen up 3-0 with about twenty minutes left to play. A goal of great hustle and athleticism, Ferdinand willed his way to the scoresheet as he outmuscled a defender on a through ball and dribbled around the approaching Cuffee goalkeeper. With their most comprehensive performance of the year, the Oxen improved to 3-1 on the year.
Oxford Bests Grove
September 29, 2015
The Oxford team traveled south on I-95 to take on the Grove School. The match went quickly in Oxford’s favor as the team’s starting 11 scored 3 goals in the first 15 minutes of the game. As bench players and starters mixed on the field, ball control and team play happened with ease. Piterson Ferdinand had a great game moving the ball from the backfield up to midfield players like Eli Davis who took the ball to the forwards. The front line pressured their defense greatly with Livingston Ferdinand, Simon Louis and Bruce Ngoga attacking at will and spreading out the scoring between them. Hayden McCallum played a great game, subbing in for goalie Austin Inwood, as he stopped the majority of the shots directed at him. Max Lakritz and Ross Gedrich came off the bench and effectively filled their positions to help lead the Oxen to a 8-3 victory.
Oxford Travels to Block Island
September 25, 2015
On a warm but windy late September afternoon, the Oxford Academy Boys Soccer Team traveled to Block Island for the second game of the season. Like the six-foot swells that plagued the ferry ride over, the Oxen had a difficult match against the home team. The game started off well with Oxford controlling the run of play and scoring first. Senior Pieterson “Moose” Ferdinand slotted a through ball to his brother, sophomore Livingston Ferdinand, for the first score of the game. At 1-0 Oxford kept the game until a breakdown in the back line, and a bad bounce, leveled the scoreline with 10 minutes left in the first half. Things got worse for the Oxen as Block Island scored in the waning moments of the first half.
The halftime adjustments did not hold as Oxford began the second half flat and let in a third goal within the first five minutes of play. Letting in three goals in a span of fifteen minutes on either side of the second half, left the Oxen shellshocked. They managed to stop the bleeding and created some chances midway through the second half. This culminated in Oxford’s leading scorer, Ronald Mugisha, pulling one back for the Oxen with about fifteen minutes to play, making the score 3-2. Any sense of hope, though, was short-lived. Less than five minutes later Block Island scored off a lightning counter-attack, putting the score at 4-2, and putting an exclamation point on their victory. The Oxen are now 1-1 in the young season.
Oxen Open Season with a Victory
September 24, 2015
As the opening game of the 2015 season started, it quickly became clear that Oxford Academy was ready for the challenges of the season ahead. Our first opponent, Blackstone Valley is an unknown in the Coastal Prep League as the two teams had never faced each other. Oxford drew first blood when Kenny Butera put the ball in the back of the net with a long-distance strike. The teams went into half time with Oxford up by one. Blackstone came out in the second half and scored quickly to tie the game. This capped a long period of time during which the visitors carried the play. The Oxen relied on the stellar goalkeeping of senior Captain Austin Inwood to keep the game close. Oxford handled the challenge and answered Blackstone’s goal within minutes when Ronald Mugisha scored to give the lead back to the home team. At this point the team, and especially Mugisha, and started to heat up. Courtesy of his 4 consecutive goals, the boys in blue cruised to a 5-1 victory.
Soccer Banquet Concludes Thrilling Season
November 13, 2014
Coaches Russ Fallo and Matt Pachniuk led a festive ceremony celebrating Oxford Soccer's most successful team in recent memory. Each member of the squad was brought up to shake the coaches' hands and to receive kudos and applause from the Oxford community. Specifically, Demani Cassells and Luis Esquer were recognized for making the first Coastal Prep All-League Team. Following that, Andrew Rohleder was awarded the team's Most Valuable Player, Shami Ngarambe received the Unsung Hero Award, and Shaan Peckham took the Most Improved Player. Thanks to the entire team, coaches included, for a wonderful 2014 season!
Oxford Loses Heartbreaker in Finals of Coastal Prep Tournament
November 7, 2014
Oxford wrapped up a great 2014 season when they played in the Coastal Prep League Tournament and made it to the finals against Block Island. Oxford played a good game, though they lost in extra time. The Oxen score the first goal when Demani Cassells’ throw-in went to Noah Roberts who hit the ball in the net with a great shot. Oxford possessed the ball longer and played a clean game in the first half according to the Oxford Nation fans. The first half ended with Oxford 1-Block Island 0. Both teams started the second half aggressively, Block Island equalized with a penalty kick, one of three in the game. Late in the second half, Kenneth Butera dribbled through Block Island’s box and was tackled. This led to Luis Esquer scoring on the penalty shot. Oxford played defensively at that point and Block Island earned a corner kick. A penalty kick ensued when an Oxen defender played a ball with his hand in the box. Block scored the equalizer with only a minute left to play. The teams went into extra time and Block Island scored in the seventh minute. It was a great finale for the Oxford fans, but disappointing for the players.
Reported by Kenneth Butera, Oxford midfielder
Oxen Win Semi-Final Thriller with Paul Cuffee
November 5, 2014
On Wednesday, November 6, Oxford had its first game in the inaugural Coastal Prep Tournament. This came after earning a bye through the first round. Oxford, with the home-field advantage, matched up against the Paul Cuffee School (PCS). The result was a thrilling 3-1 victory for Oxford. The first half started out very fast for The Oxen as they came out charging. The first goal was scored within the 5th minute on a break away led by Luis Esquer. After dribbling through two defenders, he sent a beautiful cross through the box that landed at Shaan Peckham's feet for him to deposit it into the back of the net. This charge from Oxford did not stop as a second goal was scored in the 29th minute by none other than the towering striker Noah Roberts. This goal was a header to the back of the net as Luis Esquer had another perfect cross into the middle. The last goal of the half was scored on a moment of brilliance from Kenneth Butera who took a beautiful ball to the chest and scored from 20+ yards out on a half volley. At the start of the second half, it was clear that PCS wanted to flip the script. With multiple counter attacks stopped by Logan Blumenthal, Demani Cassells, Nick Thomas-Richards, and Torin DiGuilio, their comeback struggled to gain traction. However, during the 58th minute PCS broke through the back line and scored, bringing the score to 3-1. Oxford regained their composure and dropped Noah Roberts back as a stopper to ensure no one else was getting through the defense. Midfielders Andrew Rohleder and Bruce Ngoga also stayed back applying pressure throughout the midfield. The Oxen held them off for the last twenty minutes of the game and earned the victory in its first foray into post-season soccer in the history of the school. Oxford will now be moving on to the championship game this Friday against Block Island.
Oxford loses to S.T.M.
October 30, 2014
With the fall foliage of Westbrook, CT in full swing the Oxford Oxen hosted St. Thomas Moore in their second meeting of the season. The first meeting between these two teams resulted in a dramatic away draw that saw the Oxen grab an equalizing goal with under two minutes to play. Unfortunately the theatrics seen in early October would not be replicated on this day. The Oxen fell 4-1 to St. Thomas Moore moving their record to 7-4-1 on the season. The Oxen fell behind just 5 minutes into the match when a through ball found a crack in the Oxford defense. While senior Demani Cassells valiantly tracked back to get a deflection on the shot, the ball, unluckily, careened straight back to the attacking St. Thomas Moore player who promptly fired a 15 yard shot into the top right corner of the net. The visitors had two more good chances in the next 10 minutes but were unable to push their lead any further. The rest of the first half belonged to the Oxen. Stalwart midfielder Kenneth Butera was dangerous all afternoon winning balls in the midfield and pushing forward through the STM defense. He consistently fed senior Luis Esquer but the Oxen’s leading goalscorer was unable to capitalize on a few half chances. The best chance of the game came with less than 3 minutes remaining in the first half where senior Andrew Rohleder fed a streaking Logan Blumenthal who was unable to convert. The Oxen then, two minutes later, gave up a goal with 37 seconds left to play in the first half. While the Oxen came out strong in the second half their spirits were bruised when STM scored in the beginning moments of the second half to take a commanding 3-0 lead. STM notched a fourth with 20 minutes remaining before senior Kamron Parkman scored his 2nd goal of the season to conclude the scoring. Kenneth Butera, Demani Cassells, and Shaan Peckham all finished the match with strong efforts.
Oxen Best Woodhall
October 27, 2014
On Monday, October 27th, Oxford Academy took the long ride up to Bethlehem, CT to face the Woodhall School. The Oxen were eager to get another win under their belts. Oxford went out hard against Woodhall and dominated ball possession for the first ten minutes. After two failed counter attacks, Luis Esquer finally pinned one into the back of the net on a quick counter attack in the 11th minute. Shortly after that Luis came back with a second unassisted goal four minutes later. After ten more minutes of battle for possession, Oxford capitalized on the Woodhall defense again, except this time it was Andrew Rohleder who scored after streaking 40 yards on a fast break. The final goal of the half was scored by Shaan Peckham on a ball delivered into the box by Kenneth Butera. Butera played a large role in Oxford's dominance in possession. At the end of the half it was 4-0 Oxford with Graeme Cohen in goal. At the start of the second half the Oxen were holding onto the ball well, until Woodhall had a quick counter through the middle. Oxford, eager to get the point pack, pushed forward. During the 50th minute Noah Roberts had an incredible cross into Logan Blumenthal for the quick goal. With Oxford focusing on possessing the ball, the defense showed its true colors including Nick Thomas-Richards, Demani Cassells, Shami Ngarambe, Torin DiGiulio, Austin Inwood and Max Lakritz. They held down Oxford's lead for the entire second half. It wasn't until the final 2 minutes that Woodhall put another one into the net. Graeme Cohen finished the game with five saves to earn the win for the Oxen along with Austin Inwood.
Oxford Drops Match with Marianapolis
October 20, 2014
The Oxen traveled eighty minutes north to Thompson, CT to meet the Marinapolis boys soccer team on Monday October 20th. The Oxen faced their best and most talented opponent of the season and fell in a 5-1 loss. The defeat drops Oxford to 6-3-1 on the season. Marianpolis struck early due to a miscommunication in the back and an unlucky goal. While the first goal was a bit fluky, the next two certainly were not. Weaving through the Oxford defense, Marianpolis was able to put away 2 more goals by half to put their side up 3-0. Andrew Rohleder had a wonderful match and almost equalized the score with 15 minutes left to play in the first after after a dazzling 40 yard run that saw him beat three defenders. Striker Luis Esquer also had a chance when he found himself, on an angle, with a breakaway through the right side of the Marianpolis defense. He fired a low shot to the far post but the attempt buzzed just wide. Marinapolis clinched the match with a goal early in the second half and cruised the rest of the way. Senior Shami Ngrambe put in an inspired effort while newcomer Logan Blumenthal made an impact in attack and midfield in his second match with the Oxen. The Oxen will travel to rival Woodhall next week and will hope to return to their winning ways.
Oxen Run Past Grove
October 14, 2014
The Grove School and The Oxford Academy met for the second time this season on Tuesday, October 14. The final score of the game was a firm 6-2 win for the Oxen. The game started with Grove dominating possession for the first 10 minutes. It wasn't until the first goal was scored by the Oxen that they calmed down and began controlling the ball. The first goal was off of a beautiful throw in by Demani Cassells over the keeper's head for striker Luis Esquer to tap in. Five minutes after that goal in the 15th minute, Luis Esquer gave a beautiful cross to center forward Noah Roberts for another quick goal. Grove did not give up there though, they fought back and scored twice within 10 minutes to tie the Oxen. Both goals were scored off of turnovers in front of the box that turned into deadly counter attacks. Oxford took the lead back for good when Luis Esquer delivered another beautiful cross to Bruce Ngoga for his first goal of the game. The second goal occurred during the 36th minute, Luis Esquer had a moment of brilliance and dribbled through three Grove defenders to score and put the Oxen up 4-2. The second half was a battle as Grove was pushing to get back into the game. Grove took their starting goalie out midway through to try and improve their offensive odds. Oxford capitalized on the substitution when Andrew Rohleder scored in the 58th minute. The Oxen scored the final goal of the game off of an effective cross from our newest player, Logan Blumenthal. This led to Bruce Ngoga's second goal of the game. The entire Oxford defense made a great contribution, including Shami Ngarambe, Demani Cassells, Torin DiGiulio, Nick Thomas-Richards, Max Lakritz, Graeme Cohen and Goalie Austin Inwood.
Oxford Wins Thriller with Paul Cuffee
October 8, 2014
On Wednesday, Oxford hosted their second game of the week against the Paul Cuffee School(PCS) out of Providence, RI. The Oxen had a tough start going down 2-0 after the first ten minutes of the game. Speedy counters and key positioning allowed PCS to score two very quick goals. This was the first time Oxford had been down 2-0 this early in a game. The Oxen maintained their composure, settled themselves, and battled through the adversity. Great passing through the midfield from Andrew Rohleder, Kenneth Butera and Bruce Ngoga led to multiple attacks by strikers Luis Esquer, Noah Roberts and Shaan Peckham. After many attempts, Oxford took one back as Luis Esquer tallied on a quick counter attack. Shortly after, Kenneth Butera leveled the playing field at 2-2. Riding the energy from the first half, the Oxen charged forward with plays starting all the way back with Shami Ngarambe and Demani Cassells. In the 50th Minute, Kenneth Butera gave the Oxen their first lead of the game by dribbling through three different defenders and placing the ball inside the far post. The Oxen were not finished. On another quick counter in the 61st minute, Noah Roberts streaked down the left wing and sent a beautiful ball across the middle of the box where Luis Esquer was waiting for the one-touch to the back of the net. With the Oxen up 4-2, PCS brought high energy back up the field and attacked for the last 20 minutes of the game. Great defense by Torin Diguilio, Nick Thomas-Richards and Max Lakritz helped the Oxen stop many attacks. Goalie Austin Inwood showed up to play in the second half as well, stopping 5 shots on goal. Oxford brought home the victory, 4-2, in what some are calling the best soccer game they have ever seen at Oxford.
Oxford Tackles Rocky Hill (RI)
October 6, 2014
The Oxen traveled all the way to East Greenwich, RI to meet Rocky Hill on a picturesque autumn day and came out with a 5-1 victory. Set on the water and perfectly groomed, the Oxen had a beautiful field to play on and, in turn, produced some attractive soccer. The teams stayed even for the first 15 minutes until Andrew Rohleder, Oxford’s engine in the center of midfield, opened the scoring with a brilliant run across the Rocky Hill defense. Luis Esquer made it 2-0 when he unleashed a rocket to the upper right corner of the goal from 20 yards out. The Oxen would never look back and cruised to a 5-1 victory. The game saw forward Shaan Peckham buzz around the Rocky Hill defense and cause trouble while Noah Roberts, Oxford’s big center forward, held the ball up well to ignite most attacks. Torin DiGiulio had another strong match, one of many in an impressive first season. Kmani Doughty, Max Lakritz, Graeme Cohen, and Kamron Parkman all saw big minutes in effective displays. The win puts Oxford above .500 with an overrall record of 3-2-1.
Oxford Cruises in Parents' Weekend Game
October 4, 2014
On the Saturday of Parents' Weekend, the Oxen Soccer Team took on Woodhall and a rainy afternoon. The Oxen started off strong with two goals by Luis Esquer within the first 10 minutes of the game followed by a third goal minutes after on a cross from Kenny Butera. Captain Andrew Rohleder then dribbled through the defense to get his own goal for the day. The Oxen dominated possession and the first half as they allowed just one shot on goal. Before half time, Oxford scored three more goals. One by the tall, dangerous striker Noah Roberts and two from Captain Shami Ngarambe who pushed up from defense to give the Oxen an offensive advantage. At the end of the first half the score was 7-0. At the start of the second half the Oxen replaced Captain Goalie Austin Inwood with Graeme Cohen to allow Inwood some field time and to get the backup keeper his first action in the net. In the 55th minute Woodhall answered back with one quick goal off a counter attack. The Oxen charged back with great plays through the midfield by Torin Diguilio, Bruce Ngoga and Noah Roberts. Striker Shaan Peckham scored off a rebound in the 68th minute. It was his first goal of the season. Other strong players of the game included Max Lakritz, Demani Cassells, K'mani Doughty and Kamron Parkman. The Oxen played incredibly well to the delight of the large Parents' Weekend crowd. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us.
Oxen Earn Impressive Draw with St. Thomas More
October 1, 2014
On a cold and rainy early October day the Oxford boys' soccer team battled to a 1-1 draw at St. Thomas Moore in a highly competitive matchup. On the road against a perennially difficult opponent, the Oxen were given 12 hours of consistent rain to make their day even more difficult. Oxford started out well, aggressively winning balls in the middle of the park and center of defense while outworking their opponent across the field. Halftime saw both teams level at 0-0 with Oxford having the better of the chances through some wonderful attacking runs by Senior forward Luis Esquer. The second half saw a slight shift in possession towards the St. Thomas Moore side and it was the stalwart presence of seniors Shami Ngrambe, Nick Thomas Richards, and Demani Cassells who kept the Oxen even. With just 7 minutes left to play though the Oxen could not hold out any longer; the STM attack broke through the left side of the Oxford defense and slotted home a goal to go up 1-0. The resolve and tenacity of the Oxen did not relent. With just two minutes to play, Senior Luis Esquer got the equalizer when he beat not one, not two, but three STM players with a dazzling run from the right side of the penalty area. It was a great draw for the Oxen, but also a deserved one.
Oxford Loses Tough Match with Block
September 26, 2014
The Oxford Boys Soccer team dropped to 1-2 on the season with a gut wrenching 2-1 defeat against Block Island School. In a match that pitted Oxford against a strong Block Island side for the second time in as many weeks, the Oxen thew out an admirable effort in its second home game of the season. Just seven days earlier the Oxen fell to this Block Island side 4-1 in a one sided affair but this day was different. With a full week of training, and a chip on their shoulders, the Oxen came out of the gates with high energy, intensity, and aggression. The first half saw goalkeeper Austin Inwood make a wonderful penalty kick save while senior Luis Esquer was asking questions of the Block Island defense. While they held strong, Esquer nearly scored on multiple occasions. With the match tied 0-0 at half, Oxford took a miraculous 1-0 lead on a strike by newcomer Talal Alkhateeb with 25 minutes left to play. Esquer broke down the right sideline and unleashed a perfect cross to Alkhateeb who placed his one time shot into the top right of the net. Oxford held their lead till a miscommunication in defense led to a breakaway and an equalizer for Block Island with 13 minutes to play. Block Island added a goal just 3 minutes later to give them a 2-1 victory. Demani Cassells had a dominant performance in defense showcasing his speed, athleticism, and competitive spirit in the loss.
Oxen Win Home Opener
September 22, 2014
The Oxen hosted their first home game of the season against the Grove School on Monday the 22nd and secured their first win of the season in a thrilling 3-0 fashion. The Oxen came out very hard and fast; dominating the ball through the mid-field with Andrew Rohleder, Kenneth Butera (Man of the Match) and Bruce Ngoga creating great opportunities for strikers Luis Esquer, Noah Roberts and Kamron Parkman. In the 14th minute, Luis Esquer scored the first goal for the Oxen beating two defenders and placing the ball perfectly into the far post. Goal number two was scored in the 31st minute by none other than Senior Captain Andrew Rohleder who beat three defenders and snuck a toe poke far post. The third goal was scored in the 63rd minute on a quick counter attack lead by Luis Esquer who sped down to the corner of the box and crossed the ball beautifully to Noah Roberts for the one touch score. The Oxen defense, including Senior Captains Shami Ngarambe and Demani Cassells in the center, worked beautifully with Torin Digiulio and Shaan Peckham on the outside. They came together well as a unit and stopped many opportunities. Behind the defense, Senior Captain and goalie Austin Inwood had four great saves to prevent the Oxen from giving up a goal. Hard word was spotted all around the field on Monday including Max Lakritz, Talal Alkhateeb, Graeme Cohen and K'mani Doughty. The Oxen's next game will be at home against Block Island at 2:00 PM Friday the 26th. Check out this great video of game highlights, including all of the goals, courtesy of Taylor Sahl.
Oxford Kicks Off 2014 Season
September 19, 2014
On a beautiful September afternoon, the Oxford Academy boys soccer team traveled by land and by sea to Block Island, Rhode Island and were defeated by the Block Island High School soccer team 4-1. The Oxen started off well in their opening game of the season. The first 15 minutes saw some wonderful combination play in the midfield by newcomers Bruce Ngoga, Kenneth Butera, and second year player and captain Andrew Rohleder (Man of the Match). This led to some quality possession early on in the match. Shami Ngarambe and Demani Cassells held strong in the middle of defense in the early moments as well by breaking up two early chances by Block Island. In the 16th minute, a moment of individual brilliance put Oxford up 1-0. Luis Esquer received the ball from 35 yards out, beat two defenders, and powered home his first goal of the season cutting in from the left side of the Island. Unfortunately for the Oxen the lead did not last long. Just 5 minutes later Block Island scored a string of 3 unanswered goals in an unrelenting 10 minute time period. Block Island went into halftime up 3-1 and finished the match with a 4-1 victory. Noah Roberts had a strong showing, holding up play well in the central forward role for the team. In the defense Nick Thomas Richards and Torrin DiGiulio had great debuts for the Oxen. The Oxen’s next match will be at home on Monday September 22nd against the Grove School.