O'Neal played a fantastic championship game to defeat St. John Paul 1-0 and repeat as SEMSAC Champions. After O'Neal moved the ball into St. John Paul's half early in the game, Parker Anderson fought through two different challenges in front of the goal to give the Falcons the early lead, one that they would never relinquish. The entire team was quick to 50-50 balls and held St. John Paul to mostly shots from distance. Spencer Lincicome came up big in goal for O'Neal, confidently handling a dozen shots and helping to anchor O'Neal's defensive effort. It was a great overall performance that showcased how hard the boys had worked this season and their terrific progress.
O’Neal avenged their regular season loss to Fayetteville Academy with a resounding 3-0 victory. Julien Mazzarulli started the scoring early, finishing a terrific 60 yard run by beating the goalkeeper. Shortly after, high pressure from the Falcons led to Davis Lincicome stealing the ball in the 18 yard box and finishing it in the corner. Penn Morris scored the third goal directly from a corner kick, putting it over the goalie’s head and into the side netting. O’Neal’s defense played impressively well, anchored by Max Pashley, Alex Martin, Penn Morris, Harry Franklin, and Kenan Van Skoyoc. Parker Anderson, Henry Neville, and Jack Habets applied constant pressure up front, and David White and Jacob Graham helped to win the middle of the field.
Julien Mazzarulli led the scoring with a first half hat-trick, quickly putting the game out of reach. Jack Habets, Graham Webb, Henry Neville, and Alex Martin each added a goal as O'Neal controlled the flow of play throughout the contest. Robert Everts stepped up as goalie and made a couple strong saves to preserve the lead. David White, Harry Franklin, and Kenan Van Skoyoc helped O'Neal to move the ball effectively and maintain possession. O'Neal's next game is against Fayetteville Academy on Sept. 27th.
O'Neal faced its toughest test of the season so far, coming away with a 3-0 victory against Village Christian. Battling against a fast and strong Village team, the game stayed tied at 0-0 throughout the first half. Strong defensive efforts from Max Pashley, Alex Martin, and Harry Franklin helped to turn away Village's quick forwards. Henry Neville broke the tie in the second half, followed by Davis Lincicome and David White each adding another goal to secure the victory. Julien Mazzarulli and Taylor Graves played a tough game in the middle of the field and were instrumental in creating O'Neal's scoring opportunities. Spencer Lincicome played well in goal to secure O'Neal's first shutout of the season.
The MS Boys Soccer team kept their perfect start to the season going with a 6-2 victory on Monday. Getting two early goals from Henry Neville and a beautiful finish from Jack Habets put the game out of reach quickly. A fourth goal came for the Falcons just before halftime when high pressure from Graham Webb and Julien Mazzarulli led to a Grace Christian defender clearing the ball into his own net. Grace Christian applied pressure on the Falcons early in the second half cutting the lead to 4-2, but Parker Anderson scored twice for O'Neal to extend the lead back to four. David White, Lucas Pusser, and Carson Pusser put in excellent work in the defensive half of the field to help preserve the victory.
O'Neal showed tremendous improvement as they held on to defeat a talented St. John Paul team. With a focus on team shape and defensive positioning, the Falcons were able to keep the Eagles playing from behind for the entire game. Kenan Van Skoyok, Harry Franklin, and Dakota Bender did an excellent job keeping St. John Paul's most talented players contained, while Jack Habets, Max Pashley, Henry Neville, and Davis Lincicome maintained consistent pressure up front. Jack Habets, Julien Mazzarulli, and David White scored for the Falcons who improved to 2-0 on the season.
The Falcons defeated the Fayetteville Crusaders Tuesday in a hard fought game. After giving up an opening goal, O'Neal responded one minute later with a strike from Henry Neville finding the net. After some strong defending by Penn Morris and Alex Martin, the teams went into half time tied. In the second half O'Neal took control of the game, shifting it into Fayetteville's half for the majority of the time and scoring two goals, both by Julien Mazzarulli. Spencer Lincicome made a couple of strong saves in his debut as goalie, helping preserve the victory.