Seabreeze’s boys’ soccer team was knocked out of contention for the 5A state championship final with a 3-0 loss to the Stanton Blue Devils Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Both teams were energized and ready to compete as the whistle blew for the Region 1 final kickoff. Within the first five minutes, Seabreeze’s second top scorer with 13 season goals, Noah Korfant, was forced out of the game with a knee injury. Down an experienced forward, the Sandcrabs were in for an uphill battle against the Blue Devils, known for their defensive style of play. Stanton did not disappoint as defender, Ethan Alesch, maneuvered the ball into position for a Devils’ highly contested first goal.
Stanton continued their onslaught, scoring two more unanswered goals prior to halftime. In an attempt to offset Seabreeze’s goal deficit, coach Jon Kinsler changed the team’s tactics at halftime.