Soccer Team’s Streak Shattered by Salesianum by Pablo Murphy-Torres Sports Editor
Edwin Rutto Seeks to Be More than “The Kenyan Runner”
by Chigozie Ozuji Staff Writer
UDI Victor Villagomez gives struggles against player from Salesianum.
The St. Benedict’s Prep. varsity striker chipped the ball over incomsoccer team suffered a heartbreaking ing keeper Bobby Edwards to score 1-0 loss against Delaware’s Salesia- the winning goal. “I was just hoping num on Tuesday, October 22. End- that the ball would hit the post or go ing the Gray Bees’ 71 game winning wide,” said DeMatas as he recalled streak that stretched back to 2010. the tantalizingly slow shot that The Gray bounced into Bees dominatthe back of ed the game the net. e a r l y, k e e p “We just ing possession didn’t play and putting to our popressure on tential,” said Salesianum’s M r. C r a i g keeper. By the Gillespie, asend of regular sistant coach time, St. Beneof the varsity dict’s remained team. “The scoreless deeffort was Craig Gillespie spite their 14 there, but we shots on goal compared to Sale- just didn’t execute.” sianum’s 5. The game stretched to The Gray Bees’ last loss, 71 games overtime “I was just thinking that and 3 years ago, was to this same we had to work really hard so it [the team. This loss to Salesianum has left game] didn’t end in a draw” said the Gray Bees’ season in the hands of senior defender Niquell DeMatas. the fates. There is nothing else that With four minutes left in the St. Benedict’s can do except win the 10 minute overtime period, Sale- last three games and hope that the sianum’s keeper launched a long teams rated above them go down in ball that was received just outside the rankings. the St. Benedict’s ‘18. Salesianum’s
“Wejustdidn’tplayto our potential. The effortwasthere,butwe just didn’t execute.”
After witnessing a phenomenal runner such as Edward Cheserek blaze through the competition during his time here, one can’t help but wonder, who could follow someone who is on such an extreme in the track and cross-country world? The answer could possibly be sophomore member of the track and cross-country teams, Edwin Rutto, who hails from Nairobi, Kenya. Head track coach, Geoffrey “Chelule” Ngetich, was contacted by the headmaster of Edwin’s previous school in Kenya to discuss the possibility of another Kenyan coming to Benedict’s. Although there is the temptation to expect Edwin to perform on a level such as Edward, Chelule stressed this should not be the case. “I must remind myself and remind him, there is only one Edward...I expect to see improvement,” said Chelule. While in Kenya, Chelule, said, Edwin was just as good as most runners in Kenya because he did not receive formal training and practice as opposed to Edward who had the opportunity to hone his talent and advance it. In Kenya, there were no recorded times or places except for whoever were to cross the finish line first. There hasn’t been anything to indicate Edwin’s prior performance which posed an issue for the coach. “We need to set the base first...Establish the benchmark,” he said. Although, there are no concrete facts upon which any expectations of Edwin can be formed, there is some insight on the role Edwin will play in the team and the direction Chelule plans to take it in. In an unofficial five-kilometer Tuad Meet, Edwin won with a time of sixteen Media Corps minutes and eight seconds. Chelule sees Edwin as a crucial part UD II’s, Jaquan Roberts (left) and Tiwalayo Eisepe (right) run with of the team because he can motivate the new runner from Kenya, Edwin Rutto. rest of the team and has the potential to get an education,” Chelule said. help elevate their level of performance as a whole. Edwin understands the importance of what Chelule “He might even help the other guys because he is that is fighting to make happen and plans to perform on all close,” said Chelule. He not only has plans for Edwin athletically but also levels in order to accomplish it. “I want to break records...What brought me here is my in his education. Chelule wants to change the culture both in the U.S. and Kenya of athletic success being academics and my talents,” said Edwin,”I like the school”. Chelule plans to help Edwin become better as an dissociated from academic success. “In that part of the world, it is the only way to get out athlete, a student, and a member of the community. “Everybody who is here is a support for him...This is of poverty…It is possible for you to use those talents to his home,” Chelule said.
Capelli Sponsors Gray Bee Soccer by Nolan edmonson Staff Writer
UDI and team captain John Antunes attempts a corner kick.
Senior Tyler Pinho does his fancy footwork.
If you’ve been to a recent Junior Varsity, freshmen or seventh-eighth grade soccer game, you may have noticed different colors on the field. Since the beginning of the school year, non varsity soccer team players have been wearing uniforms provided by their new sponsor, Capelli Sport, a N.J. based sports center. “They’re [the uniforms] different, but I like them,” eighth grader Brent Llewellyn said. Brent, who also plays for the Cedar Stars, a soccer academy sponsored by Capelli, said that he likes the extra uniforms he receives from being a player on two Capelli sponsored teams. “The gear we receive from Capelli include practice, home and away uniforms,” Brent said. For practice uniforms, players wear navy blue shirts and shorts with an orange stripe near the shoulder. The uniform colors change depending on where a game is played; at home it is “all white with a blue outline”,Brent said, and when playing away, players wear a neon green uniform with black socks. The change in sponsors and uniforms is part of a decision made months ago. Athletic Director, Ed Bendokas said that head soccer coach, Jimmie Wandling formed a relationship with Capelli, which was the title sponsor of the Newark Liberty International Soccer Summit this past summer. A decision to have Capelli sponsor the soccer team had been “an ongoing conversation,since last spring.” Mr. Bendokas said. Mr. Bendokas explained that Adidas AG is a sponsor of the team and will continue to sponsor the team while it is also being sponsored by Capelli. The varsity team will continue to wear uniforms provided by Adidas as it is still a main sponsor of the team. Varsity soccer captain and senior, Tyler Pinho, said Media Corps UDI Rui DeOlivera wears the JV soccer team’s new that the decision to change sponsors, “doesn’t really affect me that much.” However, Tyler said that he Capelli uniforms. did not expect Capelli to become a sponsor and was slightly surprised.