Phoenix Commanded by the Captains

On May 11, the Phoenix varsity boys soccer team faced the #1 ranked Loudoun County Captains in one of their last games of the regular season. The matchup resulted in a hard fought Phoenix loss of 5-0.


Sarah Baig

Junior Carter Divalerio dribbles the ball to keep it away from Captains. “It was a rough season, there were some ups and downs, we took some L’s, but we’ll bounce back next season,” Divalerio said.

On Thursday, May 11, the Phoenix varsity boys soccer team played the top-ranked lineup in the Dulles district, the Loudoun County Captains. After putting up a solid effort to close out their season, the Phoenix fell to the Captains 5-0. 

The game started out with a strong defensive front from the Phoenix, but the Captains began to take hold of offensive zone time, scoring twice early in the first half. The first half ended with a score of 3-0. 

After the halftime break, the Phoenix took the chance to make some adjustments in their game plan. Attacking more on offense, key players, such as junior captain Ibrahim Rostom, kept the team’s communication high, voicing updates from across the field. While they maintained their intensity and had a few close shots on goal, the game ended with a Phoenix loss of 5-0. “I don’t think we were ready to go in that game, I think we were ready to lose going into the match, because we all know County is one of the best teams,” junior Keyaan Bashir said.

On Wednesday, May 17, the Phoenix varsity boys played their first playoff game against the Heritage Pride and took the win 2-0, moving onto the next round on May 18 against the Loudoun County Captains, again. The phoenix took a loss of 3-0, ending the soccer season as a whole. ¨[This season] was interesting, there were barely any seniors on our team, so we were just carried by a bunch of sophomores and juniors and this season didn’t really go as planned overall,¨ freshman Arjav Iyer said.