The TSSAA has officially canceled spring sports for the 2020 school year. With that comes the abrupt end for seniors across the county. Some will have the luxury of moving on to play college ball in their respective sports, but the harsh reality is that most kids will never get to play the game they grew up loving anymore.
We at Main Street Preps want to do something to honor these seniors. It is not much, but we are hopeful these senior spotlights will shed light on stellar careers enjoyed on the fields.
This particular article will focus on the Hendersonville Commandos soccer seniors: Andrew Briley, Luke Cripps, Tucker Dunn, Cade Good, Isaiah Ireton, Jacob Newton, Carter O'Bryan, Joseph Schmitz, Zachary Sweat and Carson Tighe.
“I think over the last four years this group has shown its resiliency,” Hendersonville boys soccer coach Alex Tummons said. “This group always kept trying and coming back and kept working hard. As a coach, that is all you can ask for out of your players.”
The Commandos were only able to get in limited practice before the shutdown, and even a few scrimmages and one win over Father Ryan. Despite the little time on the pitch, Tummons expected this team to do extraordinary things on the field.
“Every year at Hendersonville, we have high expectations,” he said. “This group was no different, in fact, maybe the highest expectations of any group that we have had in a while. They took little steps over the past four years to get to where we wanted, and we were starting t find those bonds on the field in the preseason. The biggest disappointment of it all is not seeing that potential fulfilled.”
Andrew Briley, Luke Cripps, Tucker Dunn, Cade Good, Isaiah Ireton, Jacob Newton, Carter O’Bryan Joseph Schmitz, Zachary Sweat, and Carson Tighe will all be missed moving forward, but there is no doubt that the legacy each player leaves behind will be felt for years to come.
“Andrew Briley has been a great goalkeeper and leader for us the last four years,” Tummons added. “He matured over the last four years and became one of the best players we had.
Luke Cripps was an extremely hard worker and one of the more courteous and responsible players we had. He grew from his freshman to his senior year and was a great teammate. Tucker Dunn always had a great attitude, was a great teammate, and would do anything for anyone. He knew his role on the team and grew as a person throughout his career. Cade Good is one of the more intelligent soccer players in our program. He matured and became one of our more skilled and dangerous players. Isaiah Ireton is super athletic and did a lot of good things for us for over four years. He played through injuries and ups and downs and always tried his hardest for the team. Jacob Newton is one of our more reliable players. He was dependable and always led by example: a great teammate and pushed people as the leader. Carter O’ Bryan is very athletic and grew a lot on the field as time went on. He became one of our best players on the field and a good leader for all the young guys. Joseph Schmitz came on this past year and was one of the funnier guys on the team, helped set the tone in the locker room and was a great leader. He developed throughout his career. Zachary Sweat originally started as a field player but transitioned to keeper, and the strides he made were unbelievable. He is a quiet person, but he always came to work every day and tried his best. Carson Tighe loves everything about soccer. He is one of the hardest-working players on the team and a very level headed player. He was a good teammate and a good player for us.”