Antilles edges V.I. Montessori, 3-2

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ST. THOMAS ­- The Antilles varsity soccer team defeated V.I. Montessori School and International Academy, 3-2, on Tuesday at Antilles School.

"Overall, we're playing a lot better. Better ball control and better teamwork," said Hurricanes head coach Mike de Haas. "We've improved a lot over last year."

The game was scoreless for most of the first half until Tyler Percell connected to give the Hurricanes (3-3) the lead, 1-0. The Volts (0-5) answered with Jaia Hendrickson netting his first goal of the day.

From there, the game remained even with both teams able to successfully push the ball up and down the field. But Antilles' Konner Kendall drilled a shot in with just a few minutes left in the half to give Antilles the lead, 2-1.

Montessori showed its resiliency when Hendrickson - who has three goals in the last two games - scored again to tie the game.

"He's really played exceptionally well over these last two games," said Volts head coach Joey Elger. "He's proven himself to be a real threat on the transition for us."

The game remained tied until Kendall had his second goal of the game to give Antilles the lead at 3-2 with about 10 minutes to play.

"We moved him from wing to center forward to get him to be more aggressive on the ball," said de Haas. "So he's still learning how to play that position. But he's getting better every game."

"We lost a heartbreaker. But our kids played fantastic. I was really proud of them," said Elger.

Both teams play All Saints next, with Antilles playing at home against the Vikings on Thursday and Montessori going up against them on Tuesday at UVI.

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