Independence soccer season ends in road loss

Jose Menjivar takes on two Huskies’ defenders. (Ron Morris)
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Saturday night’s 4A second-round soccer playoff game at Hough High School saw fans covered with blankets as the temperature dipped to 37 degrees.  The fans who braved the cold weather saw the fifth-seeded Huskies score five first half points to take a 6-0 win over the Patriots.

Indy’s Pablo Arguello works around a Hough defender. (Ron Morris)

The loss ended the Patriots’ season at 13-9 overall and a second place finish in the Southwestern 4A Conference.  Indy’s success had earned the team a 12th seed in the state playoffs.

After defeating Ragsdale 2-1 in Wednesday night’s first round,  the Patriots had to travel to Cornelius for the second found of the west region.

Hough wasted no time putting points on the board by scoring its first goal at the 37:06 mark and adding their second goal at the 31:26 mark. One minute and one second later the Huskies added their third goal.

Hough kept up its attack by scoring its fourth goal at the 24:16 mark and finished the first half scoring at the 19:54 mark to take a 5-0 first half lead.

Indy’s Jose Menjivar moves inside the box. Unfortunately his shot missed the goal. (Ron Morris)

At the end of the first half, head coach Tyler Gibson made several adjustments, and the Patriots held Hough to only one second half goal that came at the 23-31 mark.

Hough’s junior Evan Smith scored 4 goals for the Huskies while sophomores Griffin Kiebba and Richie Cano each added a goal as the Hough Huskies took the 6-0 playoff victory over the Patriots.

It was a tough way to end the season, but these team members played their hearts out every night and deserve a lot of recognition and the utmost appreciation for their play.  Great job guys.

Goalkeeper Daniel Locklear gets the ball down the field. (Ron Morris)
Ryan Howe fights against a Hough defender. (Ron Morris)
Ryan Howe tries to move the ball inside the box. (Ron Morris)
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