Seoul American boys kick way to title
It was expected to be a tight showdown with the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Five-Cities Division boys soccer regular-season title on the line.
It was anything but, thanks to the scoring touch of senior David Voelker. He scored three times as Seoul American clinched its first KAIAC championship since coach Steve Boyd’s first season, 2001. The Falcons routed Taejon Christian International 5-0 on Wednesday.
“I’m ecstatic, very proud of the kids,” said Boyd, whose Falcons also clinched the top seed in the seven-team KAIAC 5CD tournament Friday and Saturday, hosted by Seoul American (8-0-4), which finished second in the tournament last year.
Boyd was particularly pleased because it was the first time he had his full lineup on the field. Players were either injured or ill or participating in Far East activities such as Far East JROTC Drill and Far East music festival.
“All along, I knew we had the potential. I knew we had the skill,” Boyd said, adding that he loses only three seniors, with 18 of his 21 players returning next year. “We should be competitive as well.”
On Wednesday at TCIS’ new campus, Voelker got the lone goal in 11 shots for Seoul American in the first half, compared to four for the Dragons.
“We had control, but we couldn’t score,” Boyd said. But the second half “was a different animal.”
Voelker scored twice more and Andrew Clark and Hokyung Shin each added second-half goals, as the Falcons scored four times on just seven shots. Voelker’s third one “was the one that turned the tide,” Boyd said.
With the victory, the Falcons completed the first unbeaten season on Boyd’s watch, believed to be the first in school history. “That says a lot for our kids,” Boyd said.