2018-09-13 / Sports

Heritage soccer pulls out 3-0 win over Chargers

By Lamont Lenar


Brenden Trier, from Heritage, and Sully Whalen, from Valley Lutheran, chase down the ball during the match on Sept. 4. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Photo by Lamont Lenar Brenden Trier, from Heritage, and Sully Whalen, from Valley Lutheran, chase down the ball during the match on Sept. 4. Photo by Lamont Lenar Photo by Lamont Lenar The Heritage and Valley Lutheran soccer teams faced off on Tuesday, Sept. 4, with the Hawks getting the 3-0 win over the Chargers.

The squads played an even first half. With neither able to control the midfield, each team was able to get into the opposing zone.

Both had scoring chances, with several kicks going just wide, or off the post. Each defense kept the nets clear.

In the second half, Valley Lutheran had an early breakaway with a chance to score, but the Heritage defense continued to hold.

The Hawks began to take control of the game, getting two goals in under a minute with Hashim Akhtar scoring first at 33:56, and then at 33:14 Shayaan Aqil scored to put Heritage up 2-0.

Heritage then held the advantage at midfield, limiting the Chargers chances to get into the Hawks’ zone.


Hashim Akhtar takes the ball at the sideline and clears it out of the Hawks’ zone, in the Sept. 4 match against Valley Lutheran. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Hashim Akhtar takes the ball at the sideline and clears it out of the Hawks’ zone, in the Sept. 4 match against Valley Lutheran. Photo by Lamont Lenar Heritage scored once more with 12:06 left, with Owen Smiley finding the net for the 3-0 final.

Heritage coach Brian Lechel said the players found their chances in the second half, that they spread the field and made the extra pass which led to the Hawks’ scoring opportunities.

Valley Lutheran coach Doug Guenther said the team showed its speed in the first half, but lost a step in the second while Heritage gained a step.

This was the first game for the Chargers in two weeks, after rain caused cancellations. Coach Guenther said he was happy with the team’s play. “We’re going in the right direction,” he said. “We have to play games like that to be competitive.” Shayaan Aquil, from Heritage, cuts behind Valley Lutheran defender Parker Krause during the Hawks’ and Chargers’ Sept. 4 match.

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