By Brandon Baker
The Greenbrier East boys’ soccer team had one of the more successful campaigns in school history, but also one of the more tumultuous and stressful as well as the COVID-19 pandemic sent waves through the sport just like it has with everything else.
The Spartans, who were ranked nationally at one point, finished 11-2-1 on the year.
Adam Seams led the way for East with 17 goals and 15 assists. Lanty Rose had 13 goals and seven assists, both very impressive numbers. Steven Martinez scored eight goals.
Matthew Cook and Jacob Hixenbaugh each had three goals, Evan Vogelsong had two, and Zack Taylor, Ian Hamilton and Cole Baldwin all contributed one apiece. Ryan Wagner was third on the team with four assists.
Joe Cochran had a big year as the goalkeeper.
He had 46 saves and five shutouts.
East ended their season with a loss to Woodrow Wilson in the sectionals after two nice victories over Spring Valley and University to conclude the regular season.
Head coach Lucas Lemine was dealt a tough hand before the sectional contest with the Eagles because of the lack of practice time after the positive COVID-19 tests at the school.
“We went into that game not physically seeing each other since the previous Saturday against University due the COVID-19 case at the school. I certainly don’t want to make an excuse, but I can guarantee it didn’t help us not being able to practice for three days and go straight into the most important game of the season, but that’s how the cookie crumbles,” Lemine said.
Even though the season was basically cut short, Lemine still feels he was blessed from start to finish.
“It was a great season statistically, mentally and emotionally for the student athletes who have had a pretty rough 2020 due to [the coronavirus-19]. I feel as though we were blessed in that we were able to have as many games as we did,” he said.
So with soccer taking up much of the late summer and mid fall season, Lemine has a positive outlook for now and also, for next season.
“Looking forward to the off season with increased family time and ability to sit back and reflect on something that was so positive during a negative time. As a couple of my other coaches have said, we will be back next year and stronger than ever,” Lemine concluded.
The WVDN would like to thank Coach Lemine and Bren Pittsenbarger for their hard work and dedication in providing great information all season long for these articles and interviews to be possible.
The following boys soccer athletes received postseason recognition:
Joe Cochran #99: 2nd Team All Region Goal Keeper (and the only freshman receiving honors)
Matthew Cook #7: 2nd Team All Region Defender
Steven Martinez #11: All State Honorable Mention Forward and 1st Team All Region Forward
Lanty Rose #27: 2nd Team All State Forward and First Team All Region Forward
Adam Seams #10: Midfielder of the Year, 1st Team All State Midfielder, Region 3 Player of the Year, 1st Team All Region Midfielder
Lucas Lemine: Coach of the Year, Region 3 Coach of the Year
We would also like to congratulate GEHS Lady Spartans players receiving honors:
Larah Ratliff #0: 2nd Team All Region Goal Keeper
Gracelynn Denning #15: 2nd Team All Region Midfielder
Elinor McLeod #21: 2nd Team All Region Forward
Maggie Bartenslager #14: 2nd Team All State Forward, 1st Team All Region Forward
Emma Dotson #12: Co-Midfielder of the Year, 1st Team All State Midfielder, Region 3 Player of the Year, 1st Team All Region Midfielder