Boys' Soccer Wins MAPL Championship in Dramatic Fashion
Joanne Miceli & Rhett Moroses

Blair's boys' varsity soccer team ended its season on November 4 with a dramatic, come-from-behind win over Peddie School that earned the team the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) championship. "It was a proud moment for the team and for me," said varsity head coach Matt Farrell. "We worked hard on our game all season, and our exciting style of play, our belief in one another and the support we received from the Blair community pushed us to achieve this win."

The Bucs headed into the Peddie-Day contest having played four games in eight days. "That's tough on any team, and it showed in the first half of the game," Coach Farrell said. The Falcons were up 2-0 at half-time, and, with just 27 minutes remaining in the game, the score stood 4-1 in favor of Peddie.

That's when the Bucs kicked it into high gear and battled back to defeat Peddie by a final score of 5-4. Enzo Okpoye '18 led Blair's scoring effort with three goals for the day, while Michael Stockley '18 scored off a penalty kick and Thomas Robinson '19 notched the tying goal. After the game, the Bucs learned that Hill School had defeated Lawrenceville School, giving Blair the 2017 MAPL championship.

"Our players' efforts on Peddie Day were a true display of what we stand for as a team and a School: strength in the face of adversity; resilience; dedication to our purpose; and belief in one another and our ability to defy the odds," Coach Farrell said. "It was an incredible end to a successful season."

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