Soccer: Carroll County seniors share one final high school 'hoorah' in exhibition

WOODBINE — 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.

For the majority of players in attendance, they seemed less focused on the scoreboard and final statistics. Rather, they spent time chatting and catching up during the game’s down moments.

Athletes from Liberty High School and South Carroll High School were recognized in signing day ceremonies Nov. 14, 2018.

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.

His goal was one of three second-half scores as Team Gold broke away from a 1-1 halftime tie.


“I’m glad I got to play with everybody from every team,” Kappes said. “Even if I won or lost, it was just fun.”

That was to be expected in the exhibition game for the boys and girls.

From facing each other during the regular season, and many cases the postseason, opposing players became teammates, sharing the field together one final time.

Reality began to sink in for Holt and Bush as they and others will go on their separate ways, but they said games like these rank among the top memories of their high school careers.

“Just being a county family is fun,” Bush said. “Some people are playing in college, some aren’t, so it’s kind of a last high school hoorah.”

Girls Senior Game

Goals: R- Briana Bush 2, Kyla Holt 2; W- Kristen Janezcek.

Assists: R-Abby Zeigenfuse, Amelia Renehan.

Saves: R-10; W-7.

Halftime: Tied, 1-1.

Boys Senior Game

Goals: G-Anthony Goad, Nick Simoncini, Josh Kappes, Aidan Sporer; B- Kyle Funka.

Assists: G- Dylan Hairfield, Evan Montgomery.

Saves: G-6; B-12

Halftime: Tied, 1-1.

South Carroll seniors Lexi Winkler, Megan O’Neill and Sarah Langille chat about the upcoming 2018 girls soccer season.

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