It was a great Saturday, as we got to jump on the bandwagon and watch Evan's Zionsville Eagles play in the Indiana state soccer finals. The day started out a bit damp and cold, but the weather improved as did the level of excitement. In attendance for the morning game were proud dad Ted, Nana (pink cast and all), Boomie, Jennifer, David, Jim and Susan. Of course Evan's sweet and beautiful sister Dara was there cheering him on as well.
Here is Evan lined up for the morning game announcement of the starting players. It's been a great ride for these seniors, and while they are intense on the field, you can tell they really enjoy playing together.
The finals took place at Kuntz Stadium in downtown Indy, across from the old Busch Stadium. Here, you can see the scoreboard with 1 minute left to go in the semi final match against Lake Central. This team had previously beaten the Eagles, and I don't think those boys were going to let it happen again. It was a hard fought match, with Harrison Petts connecting for the only goal of the game.
After the game, the team posed for a picture. They were happy with their win, but knew they weren't finished yet.
Cheryl and her daughter Samantha made it in from Tampa for the final game.
Dara and her friends combined Halloween and team spirit for some costumed fun.
Evan is ready to go. We're leavin' it all on the field. That's right.
Announcing the starting lineups for the final game. Evan waves to the crowd...
and to the student section behind him.
One more game, guys. One more game.
The final game was between the Eagles and Fort Wayne Homestead. Homestead got an early goal, putting the Eagles behind. They were able to tie it up, then get another goal to lead 2-1 at the half.
Here, Evan heads (or shoulders?) the ball.
Celebrating the second goal, before half time.
Late in the second half, the deal was sealed on a penalty kick by Harrison Petts. Game, set, match, Eagles.
Evan celebrating on the sidelines. We're gonna do this!
Final scoreboard: Homestead 1, Eagles 3. Can you say State Champs!??
Celebrating with the Zionsville student section. If you look closely, you can see Evan doing the Kuntz Leap! :)
Zionsville's team leader Harrison Petts was awarded the Mental Attitude Award. Here he is being interviewed by Fox 59 Sports. He will play soccer at IU next year.
Awaiting the presentation of State Champion Medals.
Dude, these medals rock!
Hoisting the trophy. Evan is to the right of the trophy.
Evan pointing to the trophy as if to say, "That's right, this is ours!"
Zionsville Eagles. 2009 State Soccer Champs. Boo-yah!
A hug for Dad.
A proud little sister.
A night to remember. Proud father and son. Priceless memories.