Before the season, St. Georges Tech boys soccer coaches Justin Null and Josh Rickner did a quick evaluation of the regular season schedule and figured in at least 10 wins were ahead, maybe even a couple more.


Before the season, St. Georges Tech boys soccer coaches Justin Null and Josh Rickner did a quick evaluation of the regular season schedule and figured in at least 10 wins were ahead, maybe even a couple more.

Entering this week, the Hawks were right on target. St. Georges went 10-3-1, and the only losses came to quality sides at Appoquinimink, Middletown and Hodgson. St. Georges played McKean to a tie.

Head coach Null and assistant Rickner, who both played at Middletown High, said pregame workouts were the key to gameday success.

“We run good practices and make sure the players have ample preparation for whatever they will be facing,” said Null, who considered a 4-0 win over Pencader Charter as a highlight win this fall.

“Once they reach high school, certain habits and skill sets are already established, so we focused a lot on being mentally ready to play.”

Leading the way were captains Steve Condon and Tyler Flanagan, both seniors, and junior sweeper Collin Towner. They were talented enough to play for any team, and led a program that had seniors for the first time and is still establishing its own tradition.

“Condon was a force up top and scored 13 or 14 goals,” Null said. “He was a threat to score any time he touched the ball. Flanagan was very strong in the middle, and Towner was one of the top sweepers in the conference.”

Flanagan was top-notch in the center of the field, along with sophomore Adam Pinder, who had a half dozen or so goals and the same amount of assists. Senior goalkeeper Taylor Jackson was a top-notch communicator with his defense.

The freshman class produced immediately in the varsity setting, led by striker Johnny Brenner. He came out with a bang, but was injured and missed time. Still he managed to average two goals when he was healthy.

Other freshmen leaders were Alex Ricketts, Matthew “Peanut” Adams and Zach Outten, who scored several goals as a substitute.