Adam Siegelin has been Eastbrook’s leading goal scorer this year, and in the first sectional game against the Blackford Bruins, he showed why as he collected a hat trick (3 goals in one game) to propel the Panthers to an 8-1 drubbing of the visiting Bruins. Cole Kennedy and Garrett Sisson added 2 goals each, and Noah Ross also connected for a goal on the night.
The Bruins brought a noisy and boisterous crowd to this game, cheering them on with lots of team spirit. Unfortunately for them, the spirit did not transfer to the legs of the players on the field. The Panthers dominated much of the game, using crisp passing and keeping possession for a majority of the time as they scored early and often to end Blackford’s season on Wednesday night.
The onslaught started 7 minutes into the game as Siegelin connected for the first of his 3 goals. The Panthers had a free kick from about 25 yards out, and Siegelin kicked it directly into the top right corner of the goal, eluding the Bruin goalie.
Several minutes later, the Bruins mounted one of their only real shots, almost turning it into a tie game. They got the ball to one of their forwards on a breakaway toward the Panther goal. The shot sailed wide to the right, however, keeping the one goal advantage intact for the Panthers.
About midway through the first half, Siegelin connected on his second goal of the night, taking a low hard shot from the left side, about 15 yards out. The ball ricocheted off the goalie and into the net, netting the Panthers a 2 goal lead, 2-0.
The deficit frustrated the Bruins, leading to a lot of foul calls. Brodie Barnes, a senior Bruin forward, was given a yellow card for an illegal tackle late in the first half. Two minutes later, Garrett Sisson connected for a goal, assisted by Cole Kennedy, to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead at halftime.
The Bruins came out with a little more fire in the second half, possessing the ball a bit more, but the scoring deluge continued for the Panthers as they scored 4 more goals in the span of 5 minutes in the half. Six minutes into the half, Noah Ross connected on a high arching shot over the goalie. One minute later, Cole Kennedy stole the ball from a Bruin defender and beat the goalie for a close range goal. Three minutes after that, Adam Siegelin completed the hat trick with this third goal of the night on a breakaway, assisted by Cam Wilson. Less than a minute later, Cole Kennedy scored another goal with an assist by Logan Gunning.
The scoring barrage gave the Panthers a huge 7-0 lead, at which point coach Adam Hallis started substituting players, giving the starters a well deserved rest. The subs gave up the only goal of the night to the Bruins with about 11 minutes left in the game, as a defensive breakdown allowed Bruin Mark White to find the back of the net on a close range shot into the right side of the goal.
Garrett Sisson added his second goal of the night with 2:39 left in the game. Sisson controlled a Bruin goal kick and dribbled the ball forward to create a one on one with the Bruin goalie, beating him to the right side to create the final margin of victory at 8-1.
The Panthers take on the Eastern Comets for the sectional championship on Saturday October 10 at 2pm at home. Eastern earned the right to play in that game earlier Wednesday evening, beating Oak Hill 5-1. Come out and support your Panthers boys soccer team!