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Ardsley's JV Soccer Dominates Young Woodlands Team

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Justin Hill stood on the soccer field during a break in the game, his hand on one hip, one sock up and the other down, displaying a bright green shin guard. Standing 5’8” and slim with muscular legs, the 15-year-old Hill looked every inch a soccer player.

Hill, a midfielder on Ardsley's junior varsity team, proved to be a tough opponent for the younger players of Woodlands during the game the two schools played Wednesday afternoon at Woodlands.

“I feel that I am faster than most of the other kids, and I feel that I am stronger too,” he said.

Strength and age did make a difference in the match, with Ardsley not giving Woodlands a chance and winning 8-0.

“It’s embarrassing,” said Woodlands defender Tyler Weir, 14.

His teammate and midfielder Leonard Chacha, 15, agreed with him, saying the younger players on their team are still learning the game.

“Most of our players moved up to varsity,” Chacha said.

Woodlands Coach Donovan Guy praised his players though said they still need more practice.

“We are still working on some fundamentals," Guy said. "We are trying to build the team.”

Referee Ken Barger was a mix of referee and educator, not hesitating to stop the game and admonish a player when he found it necessary.

“Oh ho, 21, that’s it. That’s about it. Ten pushes in 10 seconds,” he said to a player who used his hands to stop an opponent.

“We try to let them play, but also learn the rules,” Barger said.

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