In the final game of his high school soccer career, Berwick’s Ken Marshman fired a shot past the opposing goalkeeper for the second goal of the game and help spark the Red Team in the Wyoming Valley Conference Senior Classic game on Monday.
“The end of my career is bittersweet because we all go on to college to do bigger and better things, but it sucks to know that I will never be putting on my high school jersey again,” Marshman said. “I was trying to put any shot on goal I could because you know it was technically the last game in high school, even though it wasn’t for my school.
“So, I was out there doing whatever I could to get it in the net.”
Marshman looks to continue his athletic career in college, but whether it will involve kicking a round ball or an oblong one, he is not quite sure yet.
“I plan on either pursuing college soccer or kicking for football, I haven’t decided yet,” Marshman said.
The Red Team won Senior Classic Boys Soccer game, hosted by Wyoming Seminary at Nesbitt Stadium, 9-3.
To open the game, the Blue Team controlled possession of the ball for the first 15 minutes of the game, putting a variety of shots at goal without anything touching net.
Coughlin’s George Oko opened the first score at 23:02 and the Red Team carried the game from there.
Following Oko’s and Marshman’s goals, Wyoming Valley West’s Jake Gurtis squeezed in two more goals and Meyers’ Johnny Torres added another one to give the Reds a 5-0 halftime lead.
“Great competition all around,” Gurtis said. “You get all the best talent, senior-wise, from across the Wyoming Valley Conference, so it was not easy, but we still had a lot of fun playing.
“It was great to represent my team and make a nice impression. Wyoming Valley West has been strong for the past four years, and I hope that can carry on. I wanted to leave a good mark on the conference.”
Starting the second half, Dallas’ David Chopyak from the Blue Team wasted little time getting his team on the board, finding the net only a few minutes in.
Just as fast as Chopyak scored a goal, Red Team’s Nick Bazadona from Wyoming Valley West responded and capitalized on an assist from Meyers’ Corey Manganiello.
“It was definitley a great time going out there and playing with the guys that you’ve been playing against since freshman year,” Gurtis said. “Everyone’s got a lot of great talent, so it was fun to come out one last time.”
Coughlin’s Josh Anstett and Marshman scored the final two goals of the game for the Reds.
“It felt pretty good to score a goal because I usually don’t do it during the season,” Anstett said. “It was nice to have all the seniors out here playing together, and the competition was a lot better than some of the regular-season games. Hopefully, I can play soccer for a few more years.”
Blue Team’s Josh Kalna from Dallas scored at 8:33, while Dallas teammate Andrew Francis put one in with only 14 seconds remaining.
“I’m definitely going to miss it,” Gurtis said. “But I know that everyone will be successful as they go on to play college, or whatever they do. It was a joy playing with them these past four years, and against them.”