Goals were taken by Nakamura for the second home game in a row and then by Morimura. It was a 2 goal lead created in a span of two minutes, only to be drawn up soon after by Shonan and then the final goal coming in the second half. It could have been won by either side, but there was some joy to see the massive happiness flowing through the away crowd.
The year ends with a few positive notes for the team.
1) This is the first season out of ten with Mito having a winning season. 21 wins, 10 draws, and 20 losses make this narrowly the first season to have more wins than losses.
2) Before the season coach Kiyama aimed for a top 8 finish in the standings, and the team finished in 8th place.
3) Mito finishes in the top half of the standings for the first time.
4) Mito won the inaugural North Kanto Derby trophy, contested by the J2 teams of Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Gunma.
There are no more events scheduled for the year, but hopefully there will be chances to visit players at practices before some bid farewell.