Young Bearcat soccer team gains valuable experience as their season comes to an end

GHS Boys Soccer 2020 Soccer Team in no particular order: Conor Goldizen (19), Wyatt Price (8), Cody Abraham (10), Gage McVicker (7), Gavin Wolverton (21), Markus Carder (17), Garin Chambers (14), Layne England (15), Bryson Kittle (0),Levi Miller (22), Zach Nibert (16), Colton Sanders (13), Devin Weaver (4), Justin Gainer (30), Alex Himes (18), Landen Hulley (5), Adrian Joyce (3), Landen Miller (23), Jude Minard (2), Head Coach Arthur Knight, Assistant Coaches Jack Wolverton and Keith Skaggs.

GRAFTON—The 2020 Bearcat Boys Soccer program concluded last week. The Bearcats finished the season with a 4-12-2 record.

This was a rebuilding year in some respects for the Bearcats as they had to replace eight seniors from last year’s squad.

With a season fraught with COVID concerns and dealing with the “new normal” it added to the pressures of an already youthful team.

“I think the younger players figured out that our high school schedule is a little more demanding than what they are used to coming from middle school and rec soccer. We are undoubtedly in the toughest conference for soccer in the state and our nonconference opponents are some of the best programs around. We had some cancellations and some movement to our schedule because of COVID conditions in other counties, which added to the frustrations of the season,” explained head coach  .

This season wasn’t without its high points though.

“Our team was fortunate enough to have two seniors serve as our captains that truly exemplified what a team player is all about. Conor Goldizen and Wyatt Price gave 100 percent every time they stepped on the field and whether it was for 80 minutes or eight minutes, they were leaders and played with so much passion for the game,” Knight added.

Coach Knight and his staff are looking forward to next year, and a chance to guide this team onward as they will be returning 17 players who all gained valuable varsity experience this past year.

“Next year can be as good as we want it to be.  We can’t wait until next August to start prepping for the season, and try to play catch up with the other dominate programs in our area,” Knight exclaimed.

Knight and Assistant Coaches Jack Wolverton and Keith Skaggs would like to thank the county and school administration, along with athletic director Coach Bord for all their help and guidance during this eventful season.

Additionally, they really want to thank the citizens of Taylor County for not only supporting them on the field, but for doing their absolute best at keeping the COVID numbers low and allowing the team the chance to compete all year.


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