Henderson, Middle School Soccer, Rout Sandy Spring

Avalon striker Sean Henderson scored four goals to lead the Black Knights Middle School Soccer team to a 5-1 victory over Sandy Spring Friends School Thursday.

The first year player, an 8th grader, credited his teammates with the win.

“It was really fun with a lot of great passing,” he said. “A lot of great chemistry on the team.”

The Black Knights scored early in the game taking advantage of a timid Sandy Spring defense.

In the game’s early minutes, Henderson scored his first goal off a header when midfielder Liam Htay sent a pass from the left side through the goalie box. Using his height advantage, Henderson jumped over the goalie to head the ball into the net.

Another impressive goal happened when Henderson returned the favor to Htay, when Henderson’s pass allowed Htay to chip the ball high enough over the goalie to score.

In the first half, Avalon’s defense shutout Sandy Spring out, giving their offense the opportunity to score three goals. A huge momentum boost going into the second half.

Although Avalon came out strong in the first half, that was not the same story for the second half of the game.

Sandy Spring came out stronger than Avalon by scoring their only goal of the game in the half’s opening minutes.

That being said, Avalon was able to catch their second wind and score two more times, both goals scored by Henderson.

The team finished their season an even 3-3, with other victories over St. John’s Episcopal and Barnesville School.

Coach Patrick Duffy said, “It was a fun group that worked hard and the kids showed improvement from week to week.”

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