by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
WAKEFIELD — Wakefield’s offense took more shots than its opponent, but could not finish off as many opportunities and the Heritage High Huskies made off with a 3-1 win over the Wolverines in a Cap 8 conference match Sept. 18.
The Wolverines produced 14 shots to outshoot their visitors 14-7.
However, the Huskies, 10-4, 4-2, were able to finish more of their attempts, including a penalty shot to claim the win.
“It’s not unusual for us to be outshot by our opponents,” said Heritage coach Scott Sloan. “We like to pass and throw the ball around and Wakefield’s style of play is more direct.”
Wakefield, 4-6, 2-3, also had nine corner kicks while their defense allowed Heritage with just two.
“If we can score on that many corner kicks, we would be pretty dangerous,” said Wakefield coach C J Komons. “Hopefully, we can get to that point.”
“We had a lot of opportunities to score,” Komons added. “We just could not find the other end of the net.”
The Wolverines held possession for the majority of the first half and created numerous offensive opportunities along the sideline, many of which were either flushed out by Heritage defenders or turned into corners that they could not capitalize on.
Heritage finally broke through in the first half with a goal at the 27:12 mark on a shot by freshman forward Hector Oropeza to give the Huskies the first lead of the game, one that they would not relinquish.
Wakefield continued to press with shots but again was unable to get the ball past Heritage goalkeeper Calvin Hamblet.
Jack Adams attempted one of his four shots at the 13:19 mark in the first half that was deflected by Hamblet.
The Wolverines tried again five minutes later but was unsuccessful and the Huskies preserved a 1-0 halftime lead.
“I thought we were fielding the ball well,” Komons said. “We just got unlucky and gave them their first goal.”
Heritage got their second score of the night just two minutes into the second half when forward Logan Shytle took the ball down the middle and fired it inside the net.
Shytle leads the Huskies in goals with 10 this season.
Shortly after, Heritage’s Fernando Morales threatened to score but his shot just missed.
Wakefield came close to retaliating with three offensive opportunities but none of the chances turned into goals.
At minute 19 in the second half, the Huskies took a dominate 3-0 lead after Hunter Weiland converted a penalty kick.
The Wolverines got on the board at the 6:35 mark when David Adams’ kick found the inside of the net.
Wakefield had the ball in Heritage’s zone for the last three minutes of the game and set up a couple of scoring chances but could not get a shot off before time expired.
“It was not the best game we have played, but we fought until the end,” Komons said. “The players showed heart and effort and continued to play.”
“We almost came back in this game,” Komons added.
Sloan said his team played their best second half of the season.
“We came out and played with energy,” he said.
“This is a rivalry game and the boys know each other,” Sloan added. “It was an intense and emotional game and everything I expected it to be.”
Heritage will host conference opponent Leesville Road tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m.
The Wolverines played at Sanderson yesterday (Wednesday) but results were not available at press time. Wakefield will travel to Enloe on Monday, Sept. 30.