MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets boy’s soccer team won a match against the River View Black Bears 4-0 on Senior Night.
The goose-egg that the Jackets imposed on the Black Bears could not have been more timely for such a festive night. The seniors who were honored on Thursday night’s Senior Night were: Carter Lasater, Wyatt Kirby, Isaac Browning, Owen Decatur, Ernesto Garcia and Noah Eddy. (Decatur was ultimately unable to play due to a concussion from a previous game).
“With all these seniors it’s been a coach’s dream to have these guys,” said coach Scott Dapprich. “It was a great night for us, Senior Night, it was great to see that and see them go out on a good note. We had 20 kids come into this program and only six survived to their senior year in this program. The commitment and dedication that they brought us and the loyalty, I can’t say enough.”
The first goal for the Yellow Jackets came at minute 32:20 of the first half of the game and was kicked by Mays Gunderson who was assisted by Bryce Wiles. The second goal of the game was also assisted by Wiles in the second half at minute 37:09 and was kicked into the net by senior Kirby. Wiles finally got a goal of his own at minute 24:47 of the second half, and the final goal of the game was fittingly scored by senior Eddy a minute 7:17 of the second half of the game. The score remained 4-0.
Dapprich was happy for his seniors and how well they played in their final game as Yellow Jackets.
“It was fantastic with our seniors,” said Dapprich. “It’s an emotional night for sure and it’s one of those where our seniors did a fantastic job leading the way and getting us prepared for tonight. I told them that it can go one of two ways. I said ‘Guys, it’s senior night.’ You’re going to be amped up and pumped up and excited and you can maybe get a quick goal for that to happen, and we ended up getting one from that; but the other thing is that all of a sudden all of that energy sometimes quickly runs out.
“But it was fun, our guys played and possessed very well and they did a fantastic job. It was fun from the stand-point of watching our seniors from when they where freshmen, to how they’ve grown, to now. We had some good possession and we had some good passing.”
The Jackets will open play in the Division I Sectional tournament on Tuesday at Yellow Jacket Stadium. They will host Marion Harding beginning at 7 p.m.