After a quick jaunt over to Rumsey Hall, the Highlanders looked ready to go from the opening kick. Short passes and good positioning led to an early corner for The Gunnery, and Brett Matthews was able to connect with a header on Peter Tcheleshev's take, to put the Highlanders up 1-0. It marked the first goal of the season for the JV squad, but certainly not the last. Minutes later Logan White would blast one past the Rumsey keeper however, the youngsters from the junior boarding school down the road would not go quietly. They responded with two quick goals of their own to tie the score. As the seconds ticked toward the end of the first, Logan White sent a streaking Peter Tscheleshev in on goal alone (with a nice through ball). Tscheleshev clinically finished off the chance, putting the Highlanders up one to end the first.
The second would be a defensive stalemate for much of the forty minutes, thanks to the back line play of Mac Leonard, Ryan Trom, Brett Matthews, and Will Hambley. Hambley in particular, made a couple of tremendous reaction saves, while guarding the back-post on Rumsey corners late in the half. With less then fifteen to play, The Gunnery built a two goal cushion, when the Rumsey keeper lost a Logan White chip shot in the sun. Cole Paredes earned the win in goal in his first start of the season.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.