Fall Sports Banquet
In November, the Oxford community celebrated the successes of the fall sports season with an emphasis on our varsity soccer team. The season was a positive one, considering the sheer number of players and talent that departed as seniors from the previous year. Lead by returners Jaswani Evans, Max Bonchek, and Bailin Pollard, the young Charge finished the regular season with 6 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses. However, in Coastal Prep League play, Oxford earned the 2nd overall seed with 19 points (6-1-1). The season came to a heartbreaking end in a PK loss to eventual runner up, BCA. Still, the season was hailed as a success with players making drastic improvements and contributions throughout the season. Returners Luther Eisaman and Noah Lau showed significant improvement throughout training and matches, with Noah Lau earning "Most Improved" from the coaching staff.
Newcomers Pacifique Kamazi, Jonathan Burora, Luke Briglin, Ethan Seidman, and Justin Starnes instantly added significant contributions across the pitch. However, the most influential new player was Nicolas Dunn, whose flair and creativity was a well-added addition to the team's attack. In the end, two players stood out to the coaching staff. Our voice from the back, Bailin Pollard, organized the team defense and played dirty - his uniform ending up with the most grass and mud stains, type of dirty - was recognized as the team's "Unsung Hero".
Finally, our coaches recognized the player who kept Oxford close in many of our games. Max Bonchek was honored with the team's Most Valuable Player award. Without Max, many of those wins could have been draws or ties, and his standout game was at Block Island, making a ridiculous 17 total saves in one game. Overall, Oxford scored 31 goals in 8 Coastal Prep league matches with conceding 15. Great season, guys!