After a tremendous season in which the Oak Hill Golden Eagles finished with double-digit wins, their 2019 campaign came to an end on Saturday afternoon, as they were defeated by the Western Panthers 2-0.
Both teams played pretty even through the first half, with neither team finding the back of the net. But the Panthers were able to finally solve Oak Hill goalkeeper Sam Boyer, as John Maher scored both goals – one coming on a penalty kick – to secure the victory.
“I thought there were moments of the game where we played well, and then other moments where we were a little bit nervous,” Oak Hill Head Coach Joel Garverick said. “Western was able to possess the ball a little bit more than we were wanting [them too,] and in the moments where we had the ball, we were good. But we didn’t do a good enough job of creating chances.
“We had a good amount of possession in the first half but couldn’t really do much with it. In the first few minutes of the second half, we were playing really well. We moved the ball, we were possessing, and we were playing the game the way we wanted to play. Then, we had one bad pass and one turnover in a bad spot, and they had a 2-on-1 opportunity. They scored on a PK [after a foul in the box,] and that changed the game. It gave them a leg up, and they were able to defend a little bit more.
“I’m proud of the effort that we had today, and I’m proud of the team that we had.”
Ian Foster, Sam Boyer, Brody Gibson, Corey Griffin, Luke Allgood-Hartman, Gavin Holz, Jeymin Smith, Jorge Gibson, Thommy Seybold, and Gabe Overmyer all played their last game in an Oak Hill uniform, and their contributions to the Oak Hill boys soccer program will not be forgotten.
“It’s been a privilege,” Garverick said. “They are a great group of guys on and off the field. They are super close. The chemistry on the team was fantastic. It was fun to be a part of it, and it was fun coaching them and bringing them along. They had the right attitude and the right energy all of their four years. One of the best joys of being a coach is seeing those guys come along, and being able to see them grow for four years was impressive. I was glad to be a part of their lives.”