East Juniata lands six all-stars, MVP after sensational season
Editor’s note: Due to a reporter’s error, one of this year’s TVL soccer all-stars did not appear in this story when it was published. Due to the nature of the omission and the keepsake value of the article, it is being reprinted in its entirety.
After a strong season that included another Tri-Valley League title, East Juniata garnered six all-star selections in the league, all of which were first team in boys soccer.
“These six players definitely all had a huge impact on the success we had this year,” Tigers coach Don Troutman said. “But without each and everyone of the players on our team we would not have the success we enjoyed as a team.”
Four of the six are seniors including league MVP Trevor Goodling, who scored 21 goals and three assists for a total of 45 points. Goodling also made all-state.
“Trevor was the other part of the trio that made our attack so explosive,” Troutman said. “He can strike the ball well with both feet, he has a great understanding of the tactical part of the game. Trevor makes everyone around him a better player, he plays with such passion and energy which helped us to play and attack quickly and made us very difficult to defend.”
The other three seniors who were selected were mid-fielder Gabe Coder, defender Noah Brackbill and keeper Clay Sheaffer, who allowed just six goals this year along with 32 saves and a save percentage of 84.
“Gabe has great ball skills and can strike the ball with both feet,” Troutman said. “He finished and distributed the ball really well which helped us get to the and win the TVL championship and into states and his leadership helped to make us a better team on and off the field.”
“Noah did a great job of marking up one of the opposing teams top offensive players,” Troutman continued. “Noah did a great job of communicating with Adam and our outside backs to help make us solid defensively. Clay did a great job in goal, he made some great saves to help keep us in games and made some great saves to help us win games. He is so quick and his instincts are so good, those are intangibles that you can’t teach.”
The two juniors that made first team are defender Adam Finkbiner and striker Trent Watts, who had four goals to go along with 14 assists.
“Trent did a great job for us up top, he created a lot of chances for us and scored some goals in big games like the TVL championship game,” Troutman said. “He worked extremely hard when we were attacking and when we were defending. He was part of the trio in the middle that helped create an explosive attack that was very hard to defend.
“Adam did a great job defending one-on-one and also was strong in the air, which helped us to defend set pieces,” Troutman continued. “Adam has really good ball skills and did a great job of getting the ball out of the back and transitioning to our attack quickly. His passing was very accurate which also helped in our attack.”
Despite struggles in the TVL ending with a 4-7 record in the league, Juniata scored a second team selection in sophomore defender Cade Richardson. Richardson often made key plays that kept opponents offenses at bay.
“Cade is a very techincal player who sees the game very well, he worked extremely hard for us,” Indians coach Clint Brackbill said. “He was very solid and consistent for us this past year, he is a very solid defender and was our go to defender if we had a player that needed special man marking. Cade also had the versatility to push to the midfield if needed and help with controlling the middle and aiding with the offensive support and attack.”
Greenwood went 7-3-1 in Tri-Valley League and made it all the way to the TVL finals against East Juniata.
Greenwood had five selected to the all-stars and coach Aaron Stine was named coach of year.
“I am honored by the nomination from my peer coaches in the league, but the Greenwood soccer players deserve the nod of being the most improved team,” Stine said. “Without the players’ hard work and determination of getting better each practice and game, we wouldn’t have been on the radar. I am really proud of our kids’ commitment and competitiveness throughout the entire season — that is what makes for a great team.”
Senior defender and team captain Chase Stalvey is the lone first-team selection.
“Chase has been the definition of a team player and a captain, a leader on and off the field,” Stine said. “A dedicated player to his team, that never stopped learning and growing as a player. Chase negated and started attacks by stepping into passing lanes and marking some of the best best in the business.”
The other four, all second team, include junior striker Tyus Yeingt (12 goals, four assists).
“Tyus doubled his goals from last year,” Stine said. “His speed and work rate continually drew attention from opposing backs. Tyus is matured as a player and became a student of the game this year. He wants to be good, and he unselfishly changed his style of play to suit our team. We were better as a whole because of his newfound love of assists and playing back to the goal.”
Others include midfielders Josh Kline and Ike Bryner and defender Trent Hess.
“Josh has really grown into a great midfielder,” Stine said. “He is a versatile player that could play in the back, negate transition in the midfield or lead an attack with his distribution. Josh is the kind of guy every team needs.
“Ike night in and night out was one of the smallest but hardest working player on the field,” Stine continued. “We asked him to be relentless and tire out opposing outside backs from the wing position. Ike made us dangerous when serving timely serves or finishing on the back post with some great goals. Trent went from a forward last year to a potential winger this year, but after a few games we needed him to make another change. He made us formidable at the outside back on both sides, with both sides we were able to now keep pressure up and keep the game small. Trent’s willingness to make that change showed his team first mentality and just how good of a player he could be.”