Rival retribution

Boys varsity soccer gets first district win of season, 1-0 over Marcus

Junior John Cronin jumps for a header while his opponent challenges him for the ball.

The boys soccer team went up against Marcus High School last Tuesday night, beating their rival 1-0, and earning their first district win of the season.

With an overall record of 3-7-2 [1-6-2 district], beating Marcus [5-7-1 overall, 3-5-1 district] for the first time in a long time, players said it was a huge accomplishment.

“It felt absolutely amazing, beating Marcus was a huge thing for our soccer program,” senior goalkeeper Santiago Lepper said. “This victory over Marcus is just a reassurance that LHS soccer is greatly moving forward and a threat to be reckoned with.”

Forward Christian Hernandez helped the team gain this win by scoring the only goal, being assisted by center midfielder John Cronin.

“It was the second half when I scored,” Hernandez said, “After we scored, not even five minutes later, Marcus scored and we were disappointed, but then the ref counted it off sides and I was relieved.”

Hernandez, a left footer, was excited for his goal since he volleyed it with his right foot into the goal, and because this was his first time playing with varsity.

“I didn’t want to play, because we we’re going to go against Marcus,” Hernandez said. “But coach was like, ‘what if you make the winning goal?'”

Fortunately for the team, Hernandez decided to play.

The team has been preparing for their next match against Hebron High School who is 4-5-4 overall [4-4-1 district], and whom they played earlier in the year, losing 2-1.

“I’m real anxious about it, but we should come out with a win,” Cronin said. “We just need to keep our heads up and work together.”

Lepper said he’s proud of the team’s progress.

“We are growing closer to becoming the team this program has always dreamt to be,” Lepper said.

The boy’s game has been re-scheduled for tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Hawk Stadium in Hebron.