Soccer: Carroll County seniors share one final high school 'hoorah' in exhibition
By Joe Schiller
Carroll County Times|
Nov 20, 2018 | 10:15 PM
There was a loose feeling on the sidelines of Western Regional Park.
It’s not something regularly associated with the competitiveness of high school soccer, but the circumstances were a bit different this time around. Seniors from seven Carroll County boys and girls teams participated in the 2018 Senior Game on Tuesday night as they capped the end of their high school campaigns on the pitch.
On the girls’ side, players from Winters Mill, Century, and Manchester Valley sported red shirts, coached by the Falcons’ Denny Snyder.
Westminster, Francis Scott Key, Liberty and South Carroll wore white, coached by the Owls’ Dannielle Midkiff.
Briana Bush and Kyla Holt each scored two goals for the Red team as they finished as 4-1 winners over Team White.
Manchester Valley’s Bush scored one goal in each half, and both of Holt’s shots found the back of the net in the second half. The Winters Mill senior’s second goal earned the celebration of her teammates and those on the sidelines.
By that time, chilling temperatures were beginning to set in as players urged for playing time just so they wouldn’t be cold.
Westminster’s Kristen Janeczek scored the lone goal for the White team.
“It was more laid back and fun,” Bush said. “We were able to have a lot of fun with it and it was a blast.”
The boys played following the conclusion of the girls game.
Man Valley, FSK, and Westminster represented the Black Team under the watch of the MV coach Andrew Harrell, while Century, Liberty, South Carroll, and Winters Mill were the Team Gold opponents.
They were coached by SC coach Tim Novotny.
Goals from Anthony Goad, Nick Simoncini, Josh Kappes, and Aidan Sporer paced Team Gold to a 4-1 victory in the latter match.
Kappes spent most of his varsity career at Winters Mill as a goalkeeper, but was given the rare opportunity to play striker in the second half of Tuesday’s game. An experience that he said “is always fun,” Kappes made his minutes count as he struck a shot into the net.