It is the postgame story no fan wants to see–the season ending one. And tonight we see just that, as the # 2 ranked Oak Mountain Eagles Varsity Boys Soccer team fell on the road to the # 1 ranked Hoover Bucs, 2-0 to end the season for Oak Mountain.
The contest was everything you would expect in the first 40 minutes, with the two heavyweights battling it out, and very few chances earned by either team. In the 64th minute, however, Hoover found an opening and squeezed in the game-winning shot.
Corbitt Grundhoeffer nearly provided the equalizer for the Eagles with 5 minutes to play as the ball was played to the right side, and he placed a shot just off the top crossbar.
Hoover scored a meaningless penalty kick with 15 seconds to go for the final margin.
Not only does the contest end the season for the outstanding Boys Varsity Soccer team, but it ends the career for some very fine senior soccer players, and even better young men. Oak Mountain bids a teary farewell to Seniors Zay Brown, Collin Cartwright, John Long, Ben O’Neil, Jose Nunez, Sullivan Ortega and Cody Wells. The Senior class collectively contributed to three season-ending high school tournament championships (two varsity, one junior varsity), carrying on the deep-rooted tradition of Oak Mountain High School Soccer.
The Seniors will be missed, but the future is bright for Oak Mountain High School, the best soccer program in the State of Alabama and supported by the best student fans in the State of Alabama. Once again, the “Goom Squad” showed up and overwhelmed the Hoover faithful, just as they did Monday night in Oak Mountain’s playoff victory at Vestavia Hills High School.
Oak Mountain may have lost a contest, but they will never remain defeated. To the underclassmen, we expect big things from you in the future. Thank you to the coaching staff, coach DiPiazza, coach Lyon, thanks to the parents, the incredible student fan base of Oak Mountain High School, the administration, and thank you once again, Seniors. You laid the groundwork for future championships for Oak Mountain through your hard work, great play, and leadership. You will not be forgotten.