Varsity Boys Soccer · Elk-Beaver Battle Ends in Draw

It was senior night as the Elks hosted rival Beavercreek at the football stadium.  Early in the contest, Luke Thomas took a feed from Brian Flynn and launched a strike that forced a keeper side-dive to contain.   Minutes later Captain Justin Niswonger performed the forward-diving gut-clutch maneuver to save a shot on frame.  Flynn took a shot from the baseline that rolled up the full length of the body of a defender to produce an arched trajectory and an easy catch for the keeper.  Near the midpoint of the half, Neil Banerjee made a statement by clearing an attack with a slide tackle in the box.   Cameron Zengel took a crack on goal that was just wide.  With 13 minutes remaining in the half, a slowly evolving Creek attack culminated in a dangerous shot that Niswonger went lateral to scoop.  A few minutes later the Elks threatened to score, starting with an open look by Zengel and ending with the keeper making the catch as he flipped over an Elk attacker.

Following a scoreless first half, Evan Paul’s headed advance of a throw-in was easily contained by the keeper to commence the second.   Moments later Creek countered with a shot on frame, snuffed by Niswonger.   The Elks next generated a highly threatening sequence where Flynn held the ball at the 10 with a defender and keeper between him and the goal and wisely passed back to Zengel whose dangerous rocket sailed just barely over the top, yet fired up the Elk fans.  A minute later Creek’s corner opportunity was headed wide.   A poetic Elk sequence was initiated by an Aaron DeVilbiss slide tackle steal that was fed to Thomas who carried to the baseline and crossed to Zengel whose blast was deflected to earn an Elks’ corner.  Still just 9 minutes into the half, Captain Andrew Ludwig launched a cross that the keeper came out into traffic to make the catch.  A subsequent defection on the opposite end was caught by Niswonger.  Two minutes later Niswonger made a dandy catch of a Creek headed relay.   Niswonger followed with a very nice save of a grounder free kick from the sideline 20.

DeVilbiss launched what appeared to be intended as a cross that became a bouncing shot on goal that the keeper had no trouble in containing.   DeVilbiss followed with a defensive head-away from the front of the goal of a throw-in sequence.  With 13 minutes remaining, Luddy released a grounder towards the post that the keeper had no trouble in containing.  Minutes later Niswonger made a nice catch of a loft from the 30.  Zengel’s free kick from the 40 looked promising but sailed just over the top.   With minutes remaining, Kenny Morgann carried the ball from midfield and released a shot that prompted the keeper to come forward and make a diving scoop.   Creek stepped up their game in the final minutes, but Niswonger was prepared as he saved an advance of a volley.   With a minute remaining Creek was awarded a corner that lingered in front of the goal .  Creek then made a point blank strike and Tommy Seebacher became an instant hero and game MVP as he emerged from the goal to head-away what would otherwise have been a gut-busting Creek score.   The 0-0 draw extends the Elks season record to 9-3-3.  The Elks post season begins on Wednesday October 16th, hosting Little Miami.