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Vikings advance to sectional championship game

Huntington North High School (HNHS) varsity soccer player Brady Henline (right) leaps up to head the soccer ball during the second round of sectional play at New Haven High School on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The HNHS Vikings won 2-1 against the Homestead High School Spartans that night to advance to the sectional championship.
Huntington North High School (HNHS) varsity soccer player Brady Henline (right) leaps up to head the soccer ball during the second round of sectional play at New Haven High School on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The HNHS Vikings won 2-1 against the Homestead High School Spartans that night to advance to the sectional championship. Photo by Katelynn Farley

Monday, Oct. 4, marked the start of sectional tournament time for the Huntington North High School varsity boys soccer team. The squad took on the South Side High School Archers during the 7 p.m. match that night, battling both their opponents and a  rainstorm to earn a 3-0 win. Senior Kolton Foster earned one of Huntington’s goals and junior Carlos Cuadrado earned the other two.

Keeper Hunter Shepherd, a junior, spent 70 minutes in goal and had three saves during the shutout game. Senior Keeper Cruz Fuentes spent 10 minutes in goal.
With that win, the Vikings advanced to the second round of sectional play on Wednesday, Oct. 6, against the Homestead High School Spartans. The Spartans advanced to round two after defeating Fort Wayne Wayne High School in the 5 p.m. game on Monday, shutting Wayne out 9-0.

Shortly into the Wednesday, Oct. 6, game, the Vikings earned their first goal of the night, thanks to the efforts of senior Lucas Riggers. With 18 minutes left in the first half, Cuadrado earned the second Viking goal. Assists were made by Gabe Castillo and Aric Hosler.

Homestead finally answered with 10:25 left in the first half when senior Noah Smith earned their only goal for the night. Senior Kaden Cassedy earned the assist.

Huntington kept the Spartans at bay for the rest of the night and Shepherd had a total of three saves out of four shots on goal, spending all 80 minutes in goal.

This punched HN a ticket to the sectional championship game on Saturday, Oct. 9, vs. Columbia City High School.