Despite the loss of senior center midfielder Caio Thielen due to an injury, the Sant Bani soccer team continued its winning season, notching a 5-2 win Saturday at home against White Mountain School. Led by senior co-captain Harrison Evans (3 goals, 1 assist) and another strong performance in the net by junior keeper Ander Trevino Aizpurua, Sant Bani improved to 3-0. Eighth grader Caiden Gamble, called up for the game due to Thielen's injury, scored his first high school goal. The teams went to the break with White Mountain down by one, with Chenchen Zhou and John Hitchcock-Smith each finding the back of the Sant Bani net, Hitchcock-Smith's goal coming only seconds before the halftime whistle. Two unanswered second half goals, however, by Sant Bani's Evans and junior Mohamed Sapry, and a great defensive effort put the game out of reach.
"We're off to a good start," Sant Bani coach Todd Schongalla said. "But, we have a long road ahead of us, playing a number of teams who have given us a hard time in years past, including a 4-games-in-7-days stretch. We'll need everything they've got, beginning Wednesday in Tilton."