On Monday night, Eastbrook’s 2019 soccer season came to a close, as they were defeated by the Yorktown Tigers by a score of 3-1.
Yorktown’s Kaleb Brown scored in the first two minutes of the game off a scramble in front of the net, but Bryce Dmyszewicz was able to score the equalizer with nine minutes remaining in the first half.
The Tigers, however, regained the lead for good in the early stages of the second half, as Peyton Johnson put one in off a perfect free kick.
Aden Lovelace added a little insurance with a header off a corner kick with 23:45 remaining in the game, and the Tigers held that lead the rest of the way.
“Yorktown is a good team. They play really solid.” Eastbrook Head Coach Adam Hallis said. “We got scored on [via] set pieces again. We created some nice chances – we put one away and we didn’t put two others away that were right there. They came out and put their chances away and we didn’t put our chances away.”
While the season came to an abrupt end, the Panthers put together another solid campaign in 2019. They finished with a 7-6-2 record, and grew as a unit with each passing contest. With players like Jake McKim, Elijah Shutt, Bryan Popoca, Dmyszewicz, Lucas Shilts, Ben Moser, and Andrew Diller still in the pipeline, Eastbrook’s future remains bright.
Seth Strand, Simon Manwell, Ramzzy Bowser, Nathan Brainer, Jared Sisson, and Collin Burman, who did not play due to injury, suited for the final time on Monday night. Each played a significant role in Eastbrook’s success over their four-year tenure, and their legacy will not soon be forgotten.
“We thanked them for what they’ve done,” Hallis said. “They had a tough job this year. While they’ve all contributed [in the past,] the past two years [were] dominated by the previous senior class. They had a tough job to come in and fill those shoes as players, but also put a stamp of their own [on this team.] By the end of the year, they did. This really was their team.”