Below are the Indiana high school players interviewed for this month’s Vype High School Magazine’s feature for seniors’ soccer memories. You can view the digital issue, which includes a comprehensive list of all graduating players, at: http://www.ihigh.com/vypelouisville
Some high school soccer players will carry on their careers on the field into college, while for others it will be their last competitive involvement in the sport.
But they all have something in common: unforgettable memories.
Whether it was winning a postseason championship, simply getting to play and travel with schoolmates, or being moved by the sideline support, all have a moment or two they will carry with them forever.
Take, for example, Assumption’s Brandy Orth Becker from New Albany. The senior striker may have scored two crucial goals in the Rockets’ 3-1 victory over Sacred Heart on their way to winning the Kentucky girls’ Seventh Region championship, but her best high school memory involves what was happening off the field.
“Just before the whistle blew to start the game, something got my attention in the stands,” she explains. “Our parents had secretly made ‘Fatheads’ of each of us. It was hard being nervous when I kept seeing an enormous photo of my head floating in the stands. It reminded me that not only do we play for our team and our school, but also for our number one fans — our parents.”
Leah Mattingly, a Ball State University commitment, has participated in two Indiana Class A state championship games for Providence, both against Mishawaka Marian.
Winning last year’s game against the Knights in a penalty shootout as a junior was obviously a top memory, as was beating Christian Academy of Louisville with just one second left on the clock last year. But one moment that sticks out in particular was her part in the Pioneers’ victory over Floyd Central in double overtime in sectional in 2010.
“I made a run the length of the field and made to pass to Casey Marlin at the top of the box for the score,” she says.
It was a good year for Providence as a school on the soccer field as its boys’ program reached the final four of the Indiana Class A state tournament for the first time.
Top scorer Pierce Crawley, who will be heading to Bellarmine University next year, says his freshman year was very special to him because he was on the varsity team with his brother, Zev. However, this year was his top memory.
“We were unranked and no one gave us a chance of beating No. 4 Evansville Mater Dei – our soccer team made history,” he says.
Jeffersonville’s Jordan Vejar, alsobound for Bellarmine next year,says he has two memorable moments. The first one came during the 2010 Indiana regional semifinal victory over New Albany when he dribbled from midfield to score a fine individual effort.
“The best part was hearing the crowd gradually get louder and louder as I got closer to the goal,” he says.
The second came after the final buzzer of their 1-0 win against Jasper before going on to win the sectional title this fall.
“The only bit of energy I had left was to fall over and throw my arms up in the pouring rain,” he says. “That was the most collective and unified game I’ve ever played with a team and we won it because it was a family playing as a team and not just a team trying to best another team.”
Jeff teammate Brian Fischer, who will be heading for University of Southern Indiana next fall, says breaking his ankle during his freshman year probably isn’t his favorite memory, but an enduring one which had a deep effect on his character.
“Although I was out of commission for several months, it did make me realize how good I had it,” he says.
He went from breaking bones to breaking records, as the following season he claimed the school record for most goals in a season with 22, on the way to winning regional, which was “something special.”
This year saw New Albany High School win its first ever IHSAA girls’ sectional title, when beating Jasper 1-0 in the championship decider.
Tanner Marcum scored the winner in that game, but her most memorable moment came in the semifinal game when she scored the deciding kick in a penalty shootout against rival Floyd Central.
“I was very nervous as I was the last one taking a kick but I made it,” says Marcum. “It was such a euphoric feeling that I had never felt before.”
A record-high number of teams will participate in the 19th Annual IHSAA Soccer State Tournaments, the parings for which were revealed today.
A total of 298 boys’ and 258 girls’ teams have been entered for postseason play, which kicks off with sectionals on Monday, Oct. 1. The state championship matches will be held at a new venue, IUPUI in Indianapolis, on Saturday, Oct. 27.
In Class 2A boys, top-ranked Carmel will open against host Lebanon in Sectional 17, while defending state champs Crown Point (ranked No. 10) will meet Sectional 4 host Merrillville in its first match.
Class A defending champ and No. 5 Fort Wayne Canterbury will play host to Manchester in Sectional 40, while No. 1-ranked Guerin Catholic will host University in Sectional 47.
On the girls’ side, Class 2A defending champs and No. 1- ranked Carmel will face a test from the off against No. 10 Westfield in Sectional 17.
Providence will begin its defense of last year’s Class A state championship against Southwestern (Hanover) in Sectional 45 at Switzerland County, while top-ranked Lawrenceburg will begin its postseason at home against Union County in the Sectional 44 opener.
Three of the area’s high school teams participated at the 2012 Hoosier Cup in Bloomington, Indiana, this weekend with varying fortunes.
A total of 42 teams from all over Indiana and Kentucky competed in this year’s event in better-than-expected weather.
Floyd Central’s girls (4-0-2) are showing good form ahead of tonight’s home encounter against rival Providence ( 3-3), a game which kicks off at 7 p.m. The Highlanders went through the weekend unbeaten in their three games at Karst Farm Park.
Lewie Stevens’ charges opened up their account in the Ella Bull Pool with a 7-0 victory over Richmond on Friday. Ellie Stewart and Ali Host netted two goals apiece in the win over the Red Devils, with Kelsey Shireman, Christine Clark and Mariah Ferber adding the others.
However, the real heroics came Saturday when Floyd Central came back from a three-goal halftime deficit to tie Plainfield 3-3. Cylie Miller and Ferber scored on Lauren Wyatt assists to pull the Highlanders right back into the game.
Then McKenzie Garringer added a third on a Stewart assist to guarantee the Highlanders a share of the spoils.
Floyd Central rounded out the tournament with a creditable 1-1 tie against Castle, with Lauren Wyatt scoring the opener from a Stewart assist. Castle won the pool on goal difference.
On the boys’ side, Jeffersonville (4-3-2) went through the Warren Brown Pool without scoring, picking up a tie and suffering two losses.
The Red Devils opened up with a 3-0 defeat against Class 2A Sectional 30 rival and current champion Jasper on Friday, but bounced back to tie 0-0 with Richmond on Saturday morning.
Carson Webb’s boys then fell 2-0 to pool winners South Bend Adams in their final game.
Next up for Jeffersonville is a home matchup against Jennings County, winners of the Nick Matavuli Pool 2 at the Hoosier Cup, on Saturday (12 noon).
In the Michael O’Dea Pool, Providence (2-4-2)lost to Vincennes 6-0 but fought hard for a 3-3 tie with Heritage Christian with a brace of goals from Pierce Crawley and a third from John Murray. Evan Hollkamp had two assists, while Andrew Wimp had one.
Providence play at North Harrison tomorrow (Wednesday), before games at home to Decatur Central (Saturday) and away to New Albany (September 11).