Stags Over Dragons


Antonio Santos and Evan Michel were the Stags two goal-scorers against DCI. Photo from DeMatha Catholic’s IG account

William Walker, Staff Writer

The DeMatha Stags varsity soccer team secured a shutout Tuesday as they defeated the DC International (DCI) Dragons 2-0. This win improves the Stags record to 4-2 while the loss knots DCI even at 2-2.

The faith-filled gentlemen originally got off to a slow start, as they were held scoreless until the 22nd minute. When asked what they needed to change, head coach Andrew Quinn ‘05 stated that they needed “to match [DCI’s] energy.” When the Stags did that, they scored a goal in the first half, added another goal in the second half, and executed a coveted shutout.

The man responsible for the first-half goal was senior left wing Antonio Santos (left side), who fielded a perfect cross from the right hash on the left side and snuck the ball past the DCI goalkeeper. When asked to reflect on his game, Santos admitted that at the start of the game the team was “a little timid at first.” Santos then credited the team for his success, saying when they “started to show more effort” he was “happily able to contribute to the team.”

The man responsible for the second-half goal was Evan Michel (right side). The junior striker capitalized on a missed shot as he rebounded the ball and scored in the 60th minute. When asked about his performance, Michel acknowledged that he “started slow” in the first half but was able to “pick it up” in the second half. Michel’s follow-up goal has tallied him up to three goals in the past three games. When asked if he was going to keep scoring more goals, Michel immediately answered yes and concluded by saying “I’m gonna keep working and trying to contribute to my team.”

The Stags hope to continue to ride high against Bishop McNamara while the Dragons will look to bounce back against E.L Haynes.