BY TIM TAYLOR
Tioga County Sports Report
SPENCER / CANDOR - SVEC took on the challenge of playing up this season and met with mixed results. After winning the IAC South Small School division in 2016 and 2017, and competing in Class C at the sectional level, realignment moved the Eagles up to the highly-competitive Class B and IAC South Large School ranks.
"We struggled against large school opponents, finishing 2018 with a 1-8 record against IAC large school competition," said head coach Kurt Bastian. "We finished with a 6-0-1 record against IAC small school competition."
SVEC would finish the regular season with a 7-7-1 overall record, going 2-0-1 in double overtime games. The Eagles were seeded ninth for sectionals, ending their season with a 2-1 loss to Union Springs / Port Byron.
With Mother Nature being uncooperative at times, there were occasions when the Eagles would get little or no practice between games. They played three games in three days in mid-September and three more in a 5-day span in late-September. In each case, SVEC also had a double-overtime game in the mix.
Just past the mid-point to the season, the Eagles put together a 4-game win streak. However, SVEC stumbled late in the regular season, going 0-3-1 in the final 10 days. Two of the losses were to Notre Dame and Waverly, both ranked among the top 10 in the state at the time. The team also dealt with a couple of late-season injuries.
Throughout the season, SVEC was competitive and received solid contributions from several players. Among them were center midfielder Ava Bruehwiler (16 goals, 6 assists) and forward Searra Allen (18 goals, 5 assists). Allen, Paedyn Whitmore and Leah O'Connell would be selected for the IAC Exceptional Senior Game.
SVEC had an explosive offense which scored 60 goals. The Eagles allowed 43.
IN PHOTO: Searra Allen led SVEC in scoring with 23 points.
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