By: Mike Weiler
After an unfortunate ending to the season, the Clarkston Boys Varsity soccer team takes a look back on their recent season. You could say it was an up and down season, or a season that should never be forgotten. The boys varsity team ended the season with a record of 9 wins, 5 ties, and 5 losses.
Junior Patrick Farrell says, "I think the season went very well for us because we exceeded the expectation coming into the season. We were able to make it farther into playoffs than last year, getting all of the way to the district finals."
Clarkston was able to stay undefeated at home, not losing a single game.
Leading the goal scoring category was senior Finn Eblenkamp recalling,
"I was able to score so many goals because I was able to play with some great teammates who helped me to succeed," says Eblenkamp.
The Varsity team consists of 20 players, 13 of which are seniors. "It was a really important year, especially for our 13 seniors," says Head Coach Curtis Payment. "This year, I wanted the boys to play with the three B's every game-Believe, Brotherhood, and Bravery and they certainly put them on display this year!"
The boys were well prepared not only on the field, but off the field and in the off season during the summer.
"We prepare as a team almost everyday of the week in the summer. We just condition and practice for the upcoming season" says Farrell.
The season was coming to an end when Clarkston was facing the number 2 team in the state, Rochester Adams, in the first round of districts. Clarkston was for sure the underdog in this matchup, even though the game was held at Clarkston's home turf. This game went on into penalty kicks after the second overtime was tied 2-2. Clarkston was able to come out with the upset win after the winning penalty kick was scored by Senior, Brady Dickens. After Clarkston's exciting 3-2 win over Rochester Adams in the district quarter-finals, Clarkston was moving on to face the Oxford Wildcats in the district semi-finals. Clarkston was able to come out with an impressive 4-0 victory over the Wildcats, moving them onto the district finals.
The district finals would be held at Rochester High School. The Clarkston Wolves would be playing defending district champions Rochester High. Clarkston played Rochester earlier in the year at home, pulling of a 2-2 tie. Clarkston came into the game as underdogs, but that only fired up the team to play better. It was a back and forth all game. Clarkston was once again able to take the game into overtime with a 2-2 tie. In the first couple minutes of the first overtime, Rochester was able to take a 3-2 lead. Unfortunately, Clarkston was unable to get back in the game, ending at 3-2 loss to Rochester.
"It is very sad to see the boys lose this game after working so hard all season, but I am so proud of them!" says Coach Curtis.
Looking forward to the next season, the wolves have a strong returning core of players. All in all, the 2017 season was a success. The Wolves look forward to a bright future in the soccer program.