Jacks pummel Brookville on Senior Night, 7-0

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Trotting back down the field, junior defender Jacob Peake smiles and wipes his face with his hands. Fans cheer because Peake has just put the Jacks up 5-0, a fatal blow to the visiting Blue Devils with only 17 minutes left.After a slow start, the Jacks, lead by senior captains Andrew Dickerson, Ben Georgin and Zach Harmony, put away Brookville on Tuesday night, winning 7-0. The Jacks moved to 13-1-2 overall on the year, and 10-1-1 in SWBL play.
In the first half, the Jacks kept near Brookville’s goal, making it a busy night for Blue Devil defenders. After many blown attempts, the Jacks struck first with just 6:18 left in the first half, as Harmony headed in a corner kick by junior midfielder Bryan Koenig. The Jacks would maintain their 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

“We seemed a little bit sluggish in the first half,” head coach Jeremy Storost said.

After intermission, the Jacks started to pile on the points. After scoring within the first minute, the Jacks’ scored again with 23:14 left on a free kick by senior midfielder Alex Gardner.

Just fifty seconds after Gardner’s strike, Dickerson pounded in another Jacks goal, putting the home squad up 4-0. Peake, Dickerson, and senior midfielder Max Snyder all added goals in the final eighteen minutes to seal the deal for the Jacks.

A light breeze wafted through Mack Hummon Stadium on Tuesday night, and with sixteen minutes left in the match, Storost put all of his seniors proudly back onto the field.

“[The seniors] have just done an outstanding job all the way from the off-season to now,” Storost said.  “The captains have done a great job of leading by example.”

The seniors were not put in the game to put more points on the scoreboard, but to allow them to enjoy their last regular season game on the grass of Mack Hummon Stadium. It is not their final home game, though.

Seeded fourth in the district, the Jacks will host the Franklin Wildcats next Tuesday night in the first round of tournament play. The match will start at 7pm.

Oakwood has outscored Franklin 16-0 in two matches this season, and if they win next Tuesday they will advance to play the state-ranked Alter Knights.

If the Jacks do, in fact, advance to round two, Storost is confident that his team will compete with the prominent Knights.

“It will be a very close match,” Storost said.

The Jacks hope to make a run for the state title, as they were stopped by future state-champion Carroll in a close 2-1 contest during the second round of last year’s tournament.

– Grant Pepper

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