Junior defender Sean Tarbuck played brilliant in defense despite the 1-0 loss to Massillon Jackson on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Ric Kruszynski).
Brunswick, Ohio – The Brunswick High School Men’s Soccer Team lost to perennial rival Massillon Jackson today, by the score of 1-0, on Brunswick’s Homecoming. Brunswick drops to 4-2- 1 and Jackson, unbeaten since opening night, stands at 6-1- 2. The match featured the #3 and #6 ranked sides in the Greater Akron Coaches Poll and produced a defensive stalemate and a narrow victory for the visitors.
Jackson owns the historical series between the schools 3-1-5.
In the first half, neither team could get going offensively. Brunswick had a very slight edge on shots, 2-1.
In the second half, Jackson had slightly better of play with both goalkeepers contributing fine saves. In the 53rd minute, Jackson senior forward Chase Weatherbee had a close range effort snagged off the ground by freshman goalkeeper Gavyn Ernst. Moments later, Jackson goalkeeper Ryan Wood made a huge save on an attempt from senior captain and midfielder Nick Felician.
In the 59 th minute, a routine throw-in would produce the game’s only goal. Midfielder Nick Adolph took at throw-in deep in the Brunswick end that found the foot of midfielder Jonah Maas who made no mistake in burying the effort to make the score 1-0.
Brunswick would have several chances down the stretch to pull even, but it was not their day.
Head Coach Ben Dotson was accepting of the loss because at times, the team did some very good things. “It was not our day to be honest and that happens sometimes in this game. That’s a very good side over there, we could just not find the key to unlock the door so to speak. We will grow from this and hopefully find a few goals on Tuesday versus Solon.”
One player Dotson was extremely happy with was Sean Tarbuck. The junior defender played fantastic despite the loss and received Man of the Match honors. “Seaney played very well today. He was good in possession, great in group defending and one on one,” said Coach Dotson. “Sean made a lot of great decisions today, very proud of his
Brunswick next plays when they host Greater Cleveland Conference rival Solon on Tuesday night for a 7:00 pm kick- off.
FOR ADDITIONAL BHS MEN’S SOCCER INFORMATION, please contact Head Coach Ben Dotson via telephone at (330) 273-0496 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further BHS Athletics Information, please visit the school’s athletics website at www.bluedevilathletics.org.