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When Mahamud Hashi was a sophomore at Roxbury Latin, he played in a soccer game that, to the outside viewer, was of little consequence. On a rain-soaked field, Mahamud’s junior varsity team faced a fierce league rival. “It was a pretty scrappy game,” he recalls, “and competitive the whole way through.” The game was tied late in the contest, and the referee called a foul on the opponent, granting R.L. good field position and an important opportunity. “James Jaffer took the free kick,” Mahamud remembers. “He placed it in the box. I headed the ball, which bounced off the post, and then Ben Stick finished it off.” Mahamud joyfully recounts the moment his team netted the final goal, and clinched a thrilling victory.