Live updates: Soccer teams host last annual Kicks Against Cancer

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Anna Vazhaeparambil

JV player Anton Novikov (11) fights to possess the ball from a Pinewood player during the annual Kicks Against Cancer event.

8:15 p.m.

Coming out of the half following a dominant first half showing for the Eagles, the Eagles and the Woodside Priory Panthers’s defenses held strong, causing both teams to remain scoreless for the first 25 minutes of the second half. The Eagles offense wasn’t to be contained for long though, as Tuhin Chatterjee (11) punched in another score for the Eagles’ sixth of the day.

Concluding a strong performance by all three Harker soccer teams on the night, the boys took home the victory 6 – 1.

7:20 p.m.

The boys varsity team is up 5-1 by the end of the first half of their game against Woodside Priory, with goals by Andrew Cheplansky (12), Muthu Panchanatham (10) and Ishaan Mantripragada (10).  The players are off to an impressive start and hope to maintain their strong lead throughout the second half.

During the halftime, members from both varsity teams presented a faux check of $1000 to two Camp Okizu campers, as sophomore Ashley Barth briefly addressed the crowd and expressed her appreciation for Harker’s dedication to supporting the camp.

6:15 p.m.

The Eagles came out strong in the second half and cut the the Notre Dame Regent’s lead to 1 following a goal by sophomore Megha Salvi. The girls played a strong brand of defense and maintained possession for a majority of the second half, and Megha’s second goal of the day tied up the scores of 2. From that point on, both teams’ defenses held on tight, and the game ended in a 2-2 draw, with Harker making a thrilling second half come back after being down 2 – 0.

The boys varsity team will begin their match at 6:30 p.m.

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Lexi Wong pushes past a Notre Dame Belmont defender as she attempts to steal the ball during the girls game at the Kicks Against Cancer event.

5:45 p.m.

Varsity girls soccer faced a tough first half against Notre Dame, giving up two points to their opponents to end with a score of 2-0. Regardless, the team put up a fight till the end, with their defense pushing forward to continue moving the ball up the field.

During the halftime, the crowd watched the cheerleading team’s performance, with the small group able to get attendees excited and on their feet in preparation for the remainder of the night.  Members from the soccer team continued to sell goods at the concession stands, and all proceeds made will go towards the Kicks Against Cancer fundraiser and Camp Okizu.

4:30 p.m.

After a tight game, the boys JV team won the first Kicks Against Cancer game of the night, beating Pinewood 1-0 with a goal by Mir Bahri (9) two minutes before the match ended. Despite some close calls, the players were able to maintain their lead and prevent their opponents from scoring, also aided by a close save from goalie Andrew Vodinh-Ho (10).

“I came to the game to support Kicks Against Cancer with my [basketball] team, Annmaria Antony (9), who was watching the JV team play, said. “Definitely seeing the players out here playing their hardest and all the money going for a good cause makes you feel good inside. Harker looks really good out on the field.”

The girls varsity team will play next at 4:45 p.m. and will feature the cheerleaders for their halftime performance.

3:45 p.m.

Following the conclusion of the first half of the JV soccer game, the boys are currently tied with Pinewood 0-0. Both teams have been evenly matched, despite close calls on either side.

On the sidelines, students, faculty and parents cheer in support of the players, while members of the varsity teams sell baked goods, clothes and other merchandise.

2:30 p.m.

The boys and girls soccer teams will host the last annual Kicks Against Cancer event today, a school-wide fundraiser to spread awareness for Camp Okizu, which is a free summer program for families affected by childhood cancer. Players have been selling blankets, lanyards and other goods every day this week to raise money for the camp, and they helped organize a Chipotle fundraiser on Wednesday on behalf of the cause.

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Girls varsity member Ashley Barth (10) holds up a tray of brownies while selling baked goods and merchandise with her teammates during lunch on Friday.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for us to play for something that’s more than just ourselves. We’ve had this really long-term relationship with Camp Okizu, and we’re super excited,” Ashley Barth (10), a varsity soccer player, said.

The junior varsity boys will play Pinewood at 3 p.m., followed by the girls varsity game against Notre Dame-San Jose at 4:45 p.m. and the boys varsity game against Woodside Priory at 6:30 p.m. Keep checking this link for live updates on the entire event.

Anna Vazhaeparambil
High school students watch the Kicks Against Cancer games last year, wearing shirts sold at the soccer teams’ fundraiser. After this year, the event will no longer be an annual one, following eleven years since it was initiated in 2009.