by Jamie Harris
The Berkeley Springs Indians varsity soccer team kicked off the sectional play- offs last Monday, October 16, with a home contest against the North Marion Huskies. The Indians came into the contest looking to extend the season of their senior athletes.
Behind goals from seniors Justin Brinegar and Deven Stone along with Y un Changje the Indians defeated the Huskies 3-1 to advance to the second round of the play- offs. Deven Stone and Javi Hernanz each had an assist. Freshman goalkeeper Kyle Bland recorded seven saves in 80 minutes in goal.
“The Indians played well as a team and found their rhythm moving the ball while keeping possession for most of the game. The Tribe kept their composure and sportsmanship throughout the contest even though their opponent was doing everything they could to hinder them. This was a great team effort to pull out the win,” stated Berkeley Springs head coach Randy Beal.
With their win over North Marion the Indians drew the tough task of taking on #1 seed Frankfort on Wednesday, October 18. Frankfort lived up to their billing as one of the top teams in the Class AA as they rolled by the Indians 11-1. Y un Changje scored the lone goal for the Indians off a penalty kick in the box.
“The boys ended the regular season 5-11 and went 1-1 in the playoffs for a season record of 6-12 coming up one win short of last season’s record. The growth and progress of the team improved throughout the season. We wish the seniors the best of luck throughout the rest of the school year and beyond,” stated Coach Beal.