NSA scores a huge win

Published 10:23 pm Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s boys’ soccer team picked up its third win of the season on the road Tuesday, defeating Peninsula Catholic 6-1. All three Saints wins have come on the road.

Owen Firnstahl had a monstrous game for the Saints, as he notched four goals for his team.

“I feel like I was playing extremely well,” Firnstahl said. “I was working really well with my teammates. My last goal was an ‘upper ninety’ and my team and I were really happy to score that.”

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Coach Patrick Whelan was also impressed by Christian Berner’s performance Tuesday afternoon from the sweeper position. Aidan Watts, Gustav Berner and Luke Jackson also connected well with each other throughout the game.

“Christian won a lot of tackles,” Whelan said. “At times he kick-started our attack. He was awesome. Owen’s first touch was impeccable, and he finished with class.”

A key to Firnstahl’s scoring success was his aggressiveness. He explained that when he’d had opportunities with open shots in previous games, he’d normally passed them off. On Tuesday, he finally took advantage of them, playing with more confidence.

Firnstal scored most of the goals, but Dharav Barot and Parker Bono added the other two for the Saints.

NSA hopes to use this win as a tool to build the consistency they have been looking for all season.

“It feels great to see the team come together as a unit,” Gustav Berner said. “It was great seeing Owen out there. It’s a great indicator of players who can have significant impacts for us.”

“Overall, I hope our winning ways continue, as we take on Norfolk Christian in a big conference game on Thursday,” Whelan said.

That game will take place at 4:30 p.m. at home, where the Saints have yet to get a win.


NSA 6, Peninsula Catholic 1

NSA: Firnstahl (4), Dharav Barot, Parker Bono Assists: Christian Berner, Gustav Berner, Hongbo Zeng

Peninsula Catholic: Chris Taleghani