March 1, 2014.
Forward Jay Moon Song scored both goals in a 2-0 win for Chadwick International over Korea Kent Foreign School to kickoff the 2014 season for the boys varsity soccer team. The match was the first ever for the boys varsity team in KAIAC competition and was an impressive debut against a historically strong program.
Chadwick demonstrated its intent to impress inside the first minute of the match with neat buildup stemming from a Jinwoo Kim tackle in midfield, leading to a flowing attack of one touch combinations and culminating with a Ron Chai shot that was saved out of play at the near post. Chadwick kept the pressure on and had successive shots go just wide of the left post in the 8th and 9th minutes from Daniel Oh and Alex Hannagan respectively.
Kent nearly took the lead in the 13th minute with their first shot on goal ringing off the right post after a corner kick. Chadwick quickly returned to the front foot in the match and piled consistent pressure on with two quick shots on goal coming from Jinwoo Kim. Jay Moon Song then flashed a shot agonizingly wide of the right post in the 20th minute. The close call was foretelling of the goal that would break the deadlock as Song again found himself in behind the defense in the 31st minute after a Jun Kim clearance alluded Kent’s defenders. Song made no mistake this time, coolly slotting the ball to the side of Kent’s stranded goalkeeper.
Chadwick continued to dictate play after the interval with more inspired play by central midfield duo Jinwoo Kim and Alex Hannagan. Kim eluded two Kent defenders in midfield, and after combining with Hannagan, lofted a beautiful ball into the path of Ron Chai running in behind the defense. Chai elected to unselfishly pass to Song who could only turn the ball onto the underside of the bar after his initial shot was blocked.
Chadwick kept the pressure on and quickly doubled its lead in the 49th minute after Song again got in behind Kent’s defense to slot home a sumptuous through ball from Hannagan. Song should have completed his hat-trick 5 minutes later when again faced 1 v 1 with the keeper. He conspired to hit his shot directly into the hands of a grateful Kent goalie however, and the chance went begging.
The pressure stayed on throughout the rest of the second half as the impressive Ron Chai, captain Chris Huh, and Daniel Oh all failed to convert 1 v 1 opportunities that could have been scored. The victory, and clean sheet, was sealed when Chadwick keeper Jack Cho made an excellent save on Kent’s only other shot of the match in the 75th minute.
The strong defensive performance lead by Richard Lee at the back, the solid buildup play from the midfield engine of Jinwoo Kim and Hannagan, and the speed of Chai and Song up front proved too strong for Kent over the course of the match.
Chadwick is back in action next Saturday when they host Centennial Christian School in a KISAC matchup.
Chadwick lineup: Jack Cho, Brian Lee, Jun Kim, Richard Lee, Steven Kim, Jinwoo Kim, Alex Hannagan, Daniel Oh, Chris Huh, Ron Chai, Jay Moon Song. Substitutes: Jimmy Kim, Benny Joo, Edward Park, Hwarang Kim, Nick Park, Keonoh Kim, Sangmin Lee, Brandon Han, Brandon Park.