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Boys pick up two, shutout wins

The Whitehall boys soccer team recently picked up two, shutout wins.

Against Allen, the team won 10-0, scoring five goals in each half.

Mauricio Vazquez got the Zephs going with a pass from Ziyad Atiyeh. Atiyeh would score the first of his three goals to make it 2-0, thanks to a pass from Seth Marsteller. Elie Khalil made it 3-0 on a Vazquez assist. Vazquez would find Atiyeh to make it 4-0 before Ian Cruz set up Charles Yacoub to make it 5-0.

In the second half, Marsteller scored on a pass from Gio Mazzola before Khalil scored the next two goals on assists from Marsteller and Atiyeh. Atiyeh would add his third and final goal before Juan Lopez added the game’s final tally.

Cole Guerney made one save in the win.

The Zephs blanked Northampton 4-0, scoring three goals in the second half to pull away.

Marsteller scored the first goal on an assist from Mazzola. Khalil made it 2-0 off a Miguel Roa assist to open the scoring in the second half before Atiyeh made it 3-0 from Khalil. Marsteller closed the scoring on a helper from Valentin Lezcano.

Guerney again got the shutout win with three saves.

Earlier this season head coach Chris Bastidas wondered if his team could find the back of the net.

“This season I thought my team would be able to move the ball well; I was not sure if we could score at a high level. I am pleased that players have stepped up, and by committee, have contributed a lot of goals,” said Bastidas. “We don’t have one guy scoring our goals this year, and in some ways that helps because teams can’t key in on one person. We score team goals, and everybody trusts each other.”

Among the leaders in points for the Zephs is Khalil.

“It also helps that Elie Khalil is playing extremely well and will leave Whitehall as the all-time leader in assists,” Bastidas said.

Bastidas said Tyler Anderson has shown great poise and determination while anchoring the back line. He has truly stepped his game up this year.

Press photo by Linda Rothrock Ziyad Atiyeh, shown here against Becahi, found the back of the net recently.