Heritage secures second seed in playoffs, Wakefield loses goalkeeper on Senior Night.
by Marty Simpkins
RALEIGH — It was a grim Senior Night for Wakefield soccer. Not only did they lose the game to Heritage, 3-2 on Monday, but they also lost their senior goalkeeper, Dylan Scherr for the rest of the season with a broken left arm.
While going up for a save, Scherr landed awkwardly on his arm when he came down, screaming out in pain. The senior had just gotten off of an ACL surgery in the spring and now he has a broken arm that will keep him out for the rest of the season. Not only that, he is also a drummer in a band, which means he won’t be playing music any time soon. Coach C.J. Komons talked about moving forward without him.
“Luckily we have three very good goalkeepers,” Komons said. “It’s going to be a mental loss, but we do have those other goalkeepers that will step in and help us finish the season.”
The game started out well for the Wolverines. Edwin Umanzor scored in the 29th minute to help Wakefield take the lead. His first shot was blocked by a defender, but he hustled after the ball, shot the ball again and sent it flying into the back of the net.
Heritage would answer back 10 minutes later with a goal of their own. Their free kick bounced off the hands of Scherr and to the waiting feet of freshman Trevor Berk. The game was tied 1-1 heading into halftime.
Wakefield took the lead in the 57th minute after David Adams gave a nice feed to Marcus Shenkar-Tauris, who kicked it in the corner of the goal.
The Wolverines looked like they were going to get the win, but Heritage Coach Scott Sloan had different plans.
“We had to get this win,” Sloan said, “knowing that if we wanted to lock ourselves in that second spot, we had to get this one.”
Senior captain and Cap-8 assists leader Hunter Weiland scored the game-tying goal with nine minutes left in the game. It was also the play where Scherr broke his arm.
When Scherr got injured, there was a long delay on the field while waiting for the ambulance to pick him up.
Two minutes after the delay ended, Cameron Jarvis threw the ball in and Logan Shytle jumped up and knocked in a header to take the lead, 3-2. Shytle is the conference leader in goals, scoring his 19th on that play.
“We were scrambling and surviving,” Sloan said. “That long break took us out of the game mentally. At that point it’s not even about soccer. We had a good break, we had a good throw-in and we got a good head on the ball. Wakefield pressed and it wasn’t like we had anything on goal after that.”
Wakefield had multiple scoring chances at the end of the game to tie it back up, but they just couldn’t finish as Heritage won their fourth game in a row.
Now 10-9-1, the Wolverines need to win their last game of the season at Leesville Road if they want a chance to make it to the state playoffs. Komons knows that his team is going to have to fight even harder now with the loss of Scherr.
“You have to keep playing,” Komons said. “Every day is a new day and you’ve got to keep playing for the next day. You never know what happens in the state playoffs. We just have to keep pushing on.”
Heritage is now second in the conference behind Broughton with an 11-6-2 record. They will have to play both Millbrook and Broughton before the end of the week and Sloan thinks that with the right mentality, they will finish the regular season on a good note.
“The last eight games have been playoff games for us,” Sloan said. “We had that poor of a start and now we’ve won four in a row. Every game is a must-win game for us and here we are. So we’re still in it and we’ve got two good games coming ahead of us and we want to treat them as if they’re playoff games and then we’ll go from there.”