Mustangs of the Week: Jerry Ozor (I) and Sophia Li (IV)
by Julia Lebovitz on Friday, October 16th, 2015
To say that the Boy’s Varsity Soccer team is off to a good a start would be an understatement; right now, they are number one in the ISL and undefeated (8-0). Captain Jerry Ozor (I), was selected as a mustang of the week because he is the not only Milton’s top scorer, but also the leading scorer in the ISL with 9 goals and 3 assists. According to team member Jack O’Brien (II), Ozor is playing “out of his mind.” Ozor has been playing soccer for as long as he can remember and has been on the team since he came to Milton as a sophomore. For him, the highlight of the was when Niall Murphy (IV) scored a “jaw-breaking goal” against Groton. According to Ozor, “it’s just incredible to see the kids fit in and play their best,” demonstrating that Ozor is not only succeeding by himself, but raising the level of the whole team. Although the majority of the team is seniors, Ozor is sure that underclassmen “have to the potential to carry on the team’s success next year and other years to come once we graduate.” While Ozor thinks that the very talented team “has potential to do great things,” he acknowledged, “nothing is guaranteed yet.” He has confidence, however, that this year’s team is “strong and definitely has potential, to win.” Ozor is hopeful for a title and thinks that this year the team members “are pushing ourselves the hardest to win something.” You can watch Ozor in action on Saturday at 1 pm as boys’ soccer faces BB&N.
Sophia Li (IV) is off to an extraordinary start to her Milton Academy soccer career. Li’s 10-year soccer experience has prevailed in her amazing performance as goalie this season. She has greatly contributed to the freshman girls’ soccer’s undefeated season (2-0) and has only allowed 3 goals so far in her two games against tough opponents, Andover and Exeter. The majority of the team did not know each other coming into the season, so Li is proud of how much the team has come together as a unit and improves their skills. She feels the team is “so connected that it even feels like [they’ve] been playing together for a few years rather than a few weeks.” Li has really enjoyed the team dynamic created great new friendships with her new teammates. In fact, the highlight of Li’s season so far as been “practicing with all of [her] friends because [they] always have fun and [they] enjoy spending time with them since [they] do not always see them during the school day.” Before this year, Li played both sweeper and goalie on her soccer town and travel teams but is more “calm and comfortable in goal.” While Li acknowledged that there are many tough games to come in the rest of the season, she is confident that freshman girls’ soccer team has potential for an undefeated season and is looking forward to making more memories with her teammates. You can catch Li and her teammates against Dana Hall this afternoon at 3:30 pm.
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