Written by Mark Griffin
Friday, 17 October 2008 14:45
Eastwood put two more boys’ soccer awards in the trophy case this fall.
Fourth-year coach Frank Schemenauer's Eagles won the Suburban Lakes League with a 5-0-3 record, and tied Liberty-Benton for the Midland Suburban Soccer League championship this season. Both teams finished 7-0-1. The Eagles' last SLL title came in 2006, when they tied with Genoa.
On Monday, Eastwood defeated Rossford 4-1 in the Division II sectional tournament opener at Central Catholic.
"This year's group plays a great game of possession and they really pass well," Schemenauer said. "When we play as a team, it’s a very tight-knit passing group. They communicate well. Passing and ball control and excellent foot skills are their strengths. We've scored more goals this year than we have quite some time."
Eastwood has outscored opponents 65-13 this season, with seven shutouts. Sophomore keeper Aaron Brinker has 43 saves.
"He's a good communicator and he has good positioning," Schemenauer said. "He talks well and takes good angles."
Eastwood has gotten balanced scoring this season, led by junior forward Dakota Wendt and junior midfielder/forward Prescott Sexton, who both have 11 goals. Sophomore midfielder Sasha Ashton has nine goals, while senior Tyler Mohre and junior Simon Ashton have six goals apiece.
"Our all-senior defensive line in the back - Crosby Schemenauer, Todd Haas, Jon Sanders and Tyler Brogan - has kept shots low on our keeper and helped with our number of shutouts," coach Schemenauer said. "We're doing a pretty good job back there. They've been pretty solid all year."
The second-seeded Eagles enter the sectional finals against Oak Harbor on Saturday with a 12-1-4 record. Ryan Sieving had two goals and Sasha Ashton and Sexton both added goals in Eastwood's win over Rossford on Monday. A win by the Eagles, whose only loss this season is to Napoleon, will advance them to play either Genoa or Central Catholic.