On Thursday night, the Portland boys’ varsity soccer team pushed their record on the season to 12-0 with a 9-1 mercy over Charlotte just after halftime. The team is off to its best start in PHS soccer program history.
Senior Tate Dziewiatkowski scored two goals on Charlotte, putting his total for the year at 26, and breaking the schools previous single season scoring record of 24.
Florian Klindt scored four goals for the Raiders is not far behind Dziewiatkowski for the season. Klindt now has 22 goals.
Unai Gerrikabeitia, Johann Boettger, and Carlos Casas all scored goals for the Raiders as well.
Coach Christopher Roof is enjoying the team’s success and attributes much of it to their chemistry and unselfishness. Roof said, “It is exciting and nerve racking. I am used to trying to find ways to motivate them. In previous seasons we were under 500. Now I am trying to keep them motivated because they have won all these games, but they have done a good job staying motivated. We have had good team chemistry, which has helped a lot. Nobody is bickering. No one is arguing. People are unselfish. We had a lot of the starters, Tate and Florian, the two leading goal scorers, looking for goals for the younger kids today. We had a sophomore off the bench score today. Lots of unselfishness. Trying to get everyone to score.”
The Raiders will host Sexton on Tuesday and then Lansing Catholic on Thursday for the last league game of season. Lansing Catholic is also undefeated in league play. Roof said he was, “Hoping to be contending for first ever league title for soccer on Thursday.”
To see AJ Guilford’s photos from the game against Charlotte, please see our Facebook photo album.
After the win over Charlotte, four of the Raider soccer players hustled over to Lansing Catholic to join the Raider JV football team. Cameron Roof, Johann Boettger, Florian Klindt and Unai Gerrikabeitia came running onto the artificial turf at Lansing Catholic to a welcoming applause from the JV football parents with three minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Raiders were leading 7-6 at the time.
The four additional players were much appreciated by the JV Raiders who only had 15 players at the start of the game. The Raiders would go on to beat the Cougars 62-34. Roof had a touchdown and multiple extra points, while Klindt had an extra point.
Dziewiatkowski will have a Raider football jersey on himself Friday night in the homecoming game against Lansing Catholic. He is the kicker for the varsity football team.