Summary by Bob Ashby:
The Firebird Faithful were treated to a West win in what turned out to be the highest scoring game in the 21 year history of the East-West boys soccer series. The Firebirds, led by a Linden Eberle hat trick, outscored the Thunderhawks, 4-3, running the game goal total up to a record high of seven. The previous high had been six when West won the inaugural event in this 25 game series by a score of 5-1 back in 1997.
Eberle scored an unassisted goal on a breakaway in the 24th minute to open the scoring. This was soon followed by another West goal in the 26th minute when Colin McEwen picked up a ball following a shot deflection save by the East goal keeper and put it in the back of the net.
It appeared that the game might turn into a route following an Eberle goal assisted by Joel Allison giving the Firebirds what appeared to be a comfortable three goal lead with 25 minutes remaining in the contest. This cushion was short lived however as the Hawks came back with goals in the 61st and 64th minutes to put themselves back in the game, 3-2.
Then it was back to Eberle again as he scored on a penalty kick in the 67th minute raising the West lead to two, 4-2. This was not only his third goal of the game but also the 59th goal of his high school career tying the Firebird school record set by Lakota Hall of Famer,Josh Hutson (West class of 1998). Coincidently Eberle is committed to play in college for Wright State, Hutson’s alma mater.
Lakota East scored the final and record setting seventh goal of the game in the 78th minute.
This match was originally scheduled to be played at Cummin’s field but was moved to the Firebird Stadium field turf because of wet conditions and the prospects of more rain as the evening progressed.