The Tatnall Varsity Soccer team opened their season with a clutch 2-1 win over Newark Charter at home. Cole Hiller '19 scored on a penalty kick in the second half to open the scoring, but Newark Charter came back less than a minute later to knot the score. After dominating possession for most of the match, Beau Neff '19 worked down the right flank and cut back, serving a dangerous ball into the box. Marc Pala '19 expertly crashed the goal and smashed a goal past the keeper with a mere eight seconds left in the contest. Tatnall controlled the tempo, leading in shots eight to four, and Corbin Brumfield '20 made a trio of saves.
Dante Principe '20 scored his first career varsity goal on a Zac Naramanian '20 through ball to tie the game at one against conference foe Wilmington Friends. The score remained knotted at the half, but the second half was a different story, and WFS pulled away, scoring two goals in the opening minute. Pala '19 was dangerous on the flank and created an own goal from WFS to get the Hornets back to 4-2, but Friends was awarded three penalty kicks, all of which they converted.
The Hornets fought hard but came up short against a highly skilled and possession style SAS team. Tatnall went down 1-0 in the first six minutes, but the scoreline remained the same into halftime. The defense played a vital role in man marking to thwart much of SAS attack. Hiller, Rohan Chugh '20, Nicolas Pizarro '22, and Gabe Dobrzelewski '21 led the backline. SAS scored again six minutes into the second half to make it 2-0, but the Hornets answered when Javier Cruz-Mendoza '22 converted a dual assist from Neff and Evan Cox '22 to bring Tatnall back to 2-1. The game stayed 2-1 until the 75th minute when SAS scored a late goal. It was a total team effort with strong performances from back line as well as Mendoza, Cox, Sam Ginn '19, Principe and Neff.