Heritage soccer puts up fight against Dwyers

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The varsity boys soccer team faced off against the William T. Dwyer High School varsity boys soccer team Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The game ended in a draw as both sides gave it their best. 

For almost the whole first half, neither side was able to score. With 2 minutes left in the first half, the guests made a counter attack and scored the first goal. Heritage made two strong attacks which unfortunately did not result in goals. 

After encouraging words from their coach and a new game plan, the Patriots got back on the field. Despite their efforts, it was the away team that struck again. 

With 21 minutes left, senior Chase Perry, #11, scored the first goal for Heritage. With the score at 2-1, the Patriots kept fighting.

Nearly 10 minutes later,  #10 senior captain Rodrigo Keiserman-Blumental notched the second and final goal. 

“They started out rocky but they were able to pull a great twist the second half,” junior Ava Miller, who makes an effort to show up to each game for her boyfriend who is on the team, said. 

In the final 12 minutes, the team made sure to control the tempo, specifically #2, senior Leonid Levitan, who worked hard to keep the ball in their opponent’s half. As a team, Heritage made sure to not let another ball get past their defenses.

“We started off kind of slow because the other team put us under a lot of pressure by pressing our defenders high,” captain Keiserman-Blumental said. “We figured out how to deal with it in the second half which allowed us to score points.”

For their next game, they will face off against St. Thomas Aquinas High School this Friday. “It is a big rivalry and I expect it to be entertaining because our last game with St. Thomas Aquinas ended in a tie also,” captain Keiserman-Blumental said. The tie against Dweyer is just another motivation for the team to win.

Although the team did not manage to score in the first half, they picked up the pace in the second, securing two goals. “I enjoyed observing how they communicated with each other throughout the game to improve their play,” junior Ava Miller said. (Photo/Kayra Dayi)

Kayra is a rising junior who is passionate about art and journalism. She loves expressing herself and the issues she cares about through her writing and artworks. She holds officer positions in Newspaper, Quill&Scroll, and the National Art Honor Society. When not studying, Kayra loves to read nonfiction books, hangout with her friends, cook healthy meals, listen to music while creating art, and spend time with her cat and family. She is looking forward to her junior year as she prepares for AP Art and new articles to write.