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Hawks succumb to Brookstone in physical battle


  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Mar. 01, 2018 - 2:04 AM

The Heritage boys and girls soccer teams were swept at home Tuesday night by visiting Brookstone.

In girls action, Brookstone built a 9-0 lead at the half, and then scored  two quick goals in the second half for an 11-0 lead in a game stopped moments  into the second half by the mercy rule.

The Heritage boys dropped a 3-2 decision to the Cougars.

In a contest that was physical for all 80 minutes, resulting in several yellow cards, both Heritage and Brookstone boys took turns exchanging the momentum.

Brookstone put several shots on goal early in the contest, but Heritage goaltender Jack Hunt turned the scoring chances away.

The Hawks connected on the first points of the game with 17:14 left in the first half when Zach Robinson feed the ball to Hays Burns in the box.

The senior then beat the Brookstone keeper for the 1-0 lead.

Brookstone then scored three times before the end of the first half to take a 3-1 lead at the break.

The Cougars’ first goal came off a corner kick with 11:16 left.

Less than four minutes later the Brookstone scored to go up 2-1.  With less than  a minute to go in the first half, the Cougars added what turned out to be their final score of the game.

The second half turned into a defensive battle between the two teams with both squads playing a game of keep away times.

Heritage cut the lead to 3-2 with 13:02 left to play in the game when Christopher Gmeiner drilled a penalty kick into the back of the Cougars’ net.

The Hawks kept pressure on the Brookstone end of the field late in the contest and had two solid scoring chances in the final minute, but could capitalize on the chances.

In the girls game despite very few scoring chances,  goalkeeper Oliva Ayers showed she has made the transition from basketball to the soccer field by making several key saves.