GCHS soccer seniors celebrate season together

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By Matt Birkholtz

The original plan was to have the boys and girl’s soccer teams celebrate senior night on separate nights, but Mother Nature had other plans.

During the ceremony as the Braves were walking onto the field, a voice recording of themselves talking about their favorite moments rang through the speakers at the stadium, coordinated by Denise Schork of Vintage Clover Photography.

“I think it was pretty cool, but at the same it was sad, because it is going to be the last time I step on that field as a member of the Grant County boys soccer team,” Brian Chapman said.

The boy’s soccer team celebrated the careers of Oscar Aguazul, Chapman, Darren Darlington and Terry McDaniel.

Braves soccer coach David Schmitt said it will be hard to replace these seniors. Schmitt said they all set good examples on and off the field with their leadership and for the younger players to grow upon and excel at their level.

For the Lady Braves senior night was celebrating the careers of Kristin Keeton and Emily Tillman.

Lady Braves coach Sarah Boone has coached them for only one season and she said that is the saddest part of senior night for her.

“I am definitely heartbroken,” Boone said. “I feel like I am just getting to know them and what great people they are. I got emotional and it put me in tears. The recordings were special.”

Boone said for Tillman, she has been the “behind the scenes,” silent leader and that Keeton’s and Tillman’s attitudes help the other girls on the field.

“I can’t believe I am losing them already,” Boone said.

Senior night was emotional, especially for Keeton, since her mother has been in the hospital fighting lymphoma.

Her mom was able to come to the game to celebrate with Kristin.

“It was upsetting to see her crying,” Keeton said. “But it was nice to see her at the game instead of the hospital and I know she was excited to be there.”

Chapman, Keeton and Tillman agreed they liked sharing the night instead of having two separate nights. Also they agreed that speaking out on tape about their experiences was better than it being written or spoken by someone else.

The soccer teams will wrap up their regular season this week and will head to Maysville next week for the 23rd District Tournament Oct. 10-14. The Braves will face the winner of Pendleton County and Walton-Verona. The Lady Braves have a first round game with Mason County.