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Lucas Eshbaugh was a Captain and led by example playing in the Midfield. Lucas truly gave 100% effort 1st time every time in the offseason , tryouts , every practice and every game. He was the vocal leader for us this season both at practice and games keeping himself and his teammates positively motivated and focused on getting better and staying composed.
In 2013 Lucas’s Junior year had 2 goals from 11 shots on goal . He had 5 assists for the season showing the team player that he is. His quick passing skills come from his ability to see the field at a fast pace and find his open teammates. He has a calmness with the ball that helps with our possession game. He started in all 18 matches earning his second varsity letter.
Lucas was voted by area coaches to GWOC South First team and All-Area Dayton South third team.
His season highlights are scoring 2 goals for a 2-2 tie against Fairborn a GWOC South opponent. He had 3 assists against Greenville.
Coach: Jerry Randolph Record: 8-6-4 Top Scorers: Ibrahim Alsalhi (6), Evan Teaney (6), Nick Brundage (5) Highlights: Won Gary Kimmel Trophy (3-1 over WC), Finished 3rd , 2-1-2 in GWOC South
All-League GWOC South First Team: Will Roark, Lucas Eshbaugh All-League GWOC South Second Team: Murrie Affini, Ibrahim Alsalhi, Kyle Bussard All-League GWOC South Special Mention: Kip Schenck All-Area Dayton South First Team: Will Roark All-Area Dayton South Second Team: Mason Schacherer All-Area Dayton South Third Team: Murrie Affini, Ibrahim Alsalhi, Lucas Eshbaugh KMC Sportsmanship Award: Brandon Siroki OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award: Ibrahim Alsalhi
Most Valuable Player: Will Roark , Murrie Affini Most Improved Player: Nick Brundage Best Offensive Player: Ibrahim Alsalhi Best Defensive Player: Ryan Zech
Coaches Viking Award: Lucas Eshbaugh
Booster Scholarship Winner : Patrick Zengel
Week 8 for the Vikings was a good one.
The Vikings only had 1 game this week hosting the Troy Trojans on their Senior Night. They celebrated Patrick Zengel, Ibrahim Alsalhi, and Wyatt Reeser. The starting 11 was Roark in goal, Cardenas, Zech, Bussard, and Reeser on defense, Schacherer, Affini, Eshbaugh, and Schenck at midfield, Alsalhi, and Teaney up top. Patrick Zengel was unable to play unfortunately on senior night due to a season ending injury earlier in the year. The play began with the Trojans trying to establish their dominance and prove they deserve the #4 tournament ranking. The play was mostly in the Vikings half with an occasional counter attack from Alsalhi. The Vikings were trying to establish their quick passing game but Troy’s pressure kept them from sustaining possession long enough to gain an advantage. Just 5 minutes into the match the pressure paid off for the Trojans and they scored to make the game 1-0. The Vikings however did not put their heads down and quit. They rallied around their seniors and dug in not letting Troy have the momentum. The play evened out with the Vikings gaining the possession and Troy content to play the ball long hoping to outrun the Defense. Roark had 8 saves in the first half to hold the score line. A penalty kick was awarded to Troy in the first half but the player could not keep his shot on frame. This motivated the Vikings and they established more pressure on the defense of Troy putting several shots on frame and challenging the keeper. None would fall and the score at half remained 1-0 Troy. Coach Randolph in his halftime speech told his players to man mark better. He felt they had a couple of good players we needed to tighten up on and quit letting them see the ball so often. He also pointed out they want to play long ball and all we need to do is pass and possess and keep shooting on frame to tie the game up and eventually take the lead. Many players commented that we are a better team than them and we just needed to score. The second half began with the Vikings putting pressure on Troy and them clearing the ball for a counter attack. Both teams were very good and playing their own game. Vikings possessing and Troy putting ball long and counter attacking on the outsides. The Vikings got their break when Alsalhi was taken down in the box and a penalty kick awarded to them. Sophomore Mason Schacherer had been asking his coach for an opportunity to take one and his coach awarded him. Schacherer placed a well taken shot into the left side netting to easily beat the keeper and tie the game 1-1. The Remaining 20 minutes of the game was an intense one with the Vikings really stepping up and wanting the win and Troy bending but not breaking. Both teams had great chances to score. Troy found the net with less than 10 minutes to play but the Viking defense had put the player off sides and the goal was disallowed. The Vikings pushed hard the last 10 minutes and had several shots but could not find the net. The game ended 1-1 with a good feeling of playing well by both teams. Good games were had by Schacherer, Roark, Zech, Bussard , Reeser, Alsalhi, Eshbaugh, Siroki, and Affini.
The JV squad finished up their season with a 3-12-0 record . The young squad played well and learned a great deal that will help each player in years to come on the Varsity field.
Week 7 for the Vikings had a High and low
The first game of the week the Vikings traveled to Lebanon to continue their quest for a league title. The starting 11 was, Roark in goal, Siroki, Zech, Bussard, and Schacherer on defense, Affini, Eshbaugh, Schenck, and Cardenas at Midfield, Teaney and Brundage up top. The game began at a very fast pace with both teams trying to establish possession and score first. The Vikings were passing the ball well, defending well, and getting into the Warrior defensive third but could not get any shots off. They have been an unselfish group the whole season but this quality was not helping them in shooting. The Warriors however had no problem shooting from all over the Viking half of the field. Roark had 15 saves in the first half. The Warriors got on the board quickly when a deflected shot got past Roark. The Vikings only created 2 shots on goal in the 1st half and neither of them were any trouble for the Warrior keeper. Halftime score was 1-0 Lebanon and Coach Randolph begged his team to shoot the ball. He felt if we challenged their keeper and kept a fast paced passing game we could come out on top at end of the game. The second half began the same way the game had at a fast pace and both teams wanting to possess and score quickly. The Vikings did shoot more putting 6 on frame but again none were very dangerous. The Warriors got their 2nd goal with just 10 minutes to play off a corner kick. Roark got his hands to it but couldn’t secure the ball before a Warrior forward poked it in. The game ended 2-0 Lebanon and the Vikings quest for a league title eliminated. Coach Randolph stated “The boys played very well tonight. We are a very good team in possession and Defending, and passing, we need to shoot the ball more often and create more chances to score.” Good games were had by all that played.
The second game of the week the Vikings hosted West Carrollton and their past Coach in the annual game for the Gary Kimmel traveling trophy. The Starting 11 was Roark in goal, Cardenas, Zech, Bussard, and Schacherer on Defense, Affini, Eshbaugh, Schenck, and Siroki at midfield, Alsalhi and Teaney up top. The Vikings went on the attack right from the whistle and seemed to finally figure out how to shoot the ball again. The quick passing and off ball movements of the Vikings had the Pirates chasing the ball and trying to keep them out of their half. Midway through the first half The Vikings got on the board first with a nice cross from Wunderlin and a great goal from Brundage. With the score 1-0 the Viking players relaxed and felt they could slow down the pressure and pass the ball around the Pirates. This annual game is always highly emotional and intense. The Pirates were never going to quit trying to win this game and got a good counter attack to tie the score at 1-1 before the half. At halftime Coach Randolph challenged his team to increase the pressure back to where it was and never let up again. He instructed his team that West Carrollton would not stop playing no matter the score or time remaining, and to score quickly then retrieve the ball to the center spot and go right back at them. He asked them to do this for the remaining time in the game. “Do not take any pressure off them, play fast and press hard for 40 more minutes no let downs “ . The second half began and the Vikings responded to their coach playing fast and possessing the ball and shooting. The Pirates came out inspired as well and the game had an intense feeling with both teams pushing hard to dominate the other. The Vikings got on the board again with Teaney finding the ball on the back post from a cross by Schenck and he finished nicely. The Vikings did just as asked and returned the ball to the center circle and prepared to attack the ball again. Brundage got his 2nd goal of the game later in the half with a pass from Schacherer to increase the lead to 3-1. The Vikings did as asked and kept pressure on them but the Pirates are well coached and had opportunities late in the game to change the score. Roark had 6 saves in the game to keep the score at 3-1. This game was well played by both teams and good sportsmanship was obvious. Good games were had by, Brundage, Teaney, Schenck, Schacherer, Wunderlin, Siroki, Roark, Zech, Bussard, Cardenas, Affini, Eshbaugh, Alsalhi, and Reeser. The Vikings Kept the trophy for the 8th year in a row.
JV record is 3-10-0