Boys Varsity Soccer
Game Summaries & Headlines.
The Anderson Redskins amazing season came to an end on Saturday, November 4th with a loss in the Regional Finals to Beavercreek, with 3-2 being the final score. As usual the boys fought as hard as they could and left it all on the field that day but it wasn’t meant to be for the Redskins. After 3 straight tournament games where they fell behind 1-0 in the first 10 minutes but found a way to overcome the deficit in each contest, they could not find a way in this one. The game itself was everything you could hope for between 2 of the best teams in the state, a high powered affair that saw 4 goals in the first half as both squads looked to deliver a knockout punch. The Redskins fell behind 1-0 but fought back to even it up with a Jack Vogele goal on a great pass from Brodie Sallows. We trailed again after Beavercreek converted a penalty kick but once again we clawed our way back as Sam Kunkemoeller’s cross to the back post found Brevin Andreadis who headed it beautifully past the outstretched keeper to make it 2-2. The scintillating opening half would end in a 2-2 draw.
Anderson came out strong and played very well in the second half and looked like the team more likely to take the lead. It was Beavercreek that finally got the breakthrough when they scored the go ahead goal with just over 10 minutes left in the game. The Redskins threw men forward in an attempt tosend the game into overtime for the 3rd straight time but they could not find a way through as Beavercreek hung on and advanced to the semi-finals. A difficult ending to a magical season for the boys, the coaches and the loyal supporters who have been behind this team from day 1. The reactions and looks on the faces of players, parents, and fans said it all on that Saturday afternoon, it was so very hard to believe it was over.
Sometimes the right combination of talented, hardworking players and driven coaches come together to create something special that people will remember for years to come, I’m sure that this season and this team fits that bill. Here are just a few of the things that this group of players has achieved over the past 3 years:
- 47-9-4 overall record
- Most wins in 1 season in Anderson soccer history (20), including an 18 game winning streak.
- Back to back ECC championships.
- 18 game ECC unbeaten streak (17-0-1) dating back to 2015.
- 25 players receiving All ECC recognition.
- 5 players receiving All-District, All-State or All-Region recognition.
- Back to back ECC Players of the Year.
- ECC Coach of the Year -2015-2017.
- Back to back District Championships – 2016 and 2017.
- Regional Finalists – 2017.
Of course these are impressive numbers and some may be difficult to repeat, but there are so many “moments” that come to mind when recalling these seasons. A thrilling last minute win over Mariemont, a redemptive, sound defeat over Springboro, back to back regular season wins over St. X, a hard fought and yes redemptive win over Covington Catholic, back to back wins over Turpin and the absolutely electric atmosphere of that 2016 game (breaking the 24 year old winless streak), the golden goal in the District championship win over Elder in 2016 and of course 3 consecutive 2-1 comeback wins in this tournament run, including 2 thrilling overtime wins over Carroll and St. X. What a thrill it was to witness this season and what a legacy these young men have left.
Special thanks to Adam Jones and his staff for their dedication, hard work, and leadership. The Athletic Administration – Chris Newton and Tyler Brooks were huge supporters of the team throughout the season; if you haven’t seen Newt’s videos on Twitter of the game winning goals against both Carroll and St. X make a point to do so as he captures the absolute joy that comes with a Golden Goal victory! Mr. Fellows leading the student section in the Roller Coaster during the Turpin game is indicative of what kind of support he and the rest of the school administration and faculty provide to these student-athletes and it really is remarkable and very much appreciated. So many parents, friends and alumni and parents of alumni came out to show their support for the boys too.