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Harrison boys soccer avenges sectional loss to Jeff, 2-1
August 28, 2013Lafayette Jefferson High School
The initial sting of a season-ending loss to a county rival may only last a few days.
Then comes the real pain — the months-long parade of knife-turning reminders from competitors who are also friends, neighbors and offseason teammates.
“Every single chance they get, they bring that back,” Harrison senior Austin Webb said of an upset loss to Lafayette Jeff in last season’s Class 2A sectional semifinals. “And it hurts worse every single time.”
Motivated to recapture bragging rights and silence taunts, Harrison beat the Bronchos 2-1 at Scheumann Stadium on Tuesday.
A year ago, Harrison defeated Lafayette Jeff 8-0 during the regular season and entered the sectional favored to repeat as champion. But the Bronchos surprised with a 3-0 sectional semifinal victory before falling to another rival, McCutcheon, in the championship.
“The season, it does matter, but when it comes to sectional time, you’ve got to come to play,” Jeff sophomore goalkeeper Alejandro DelReal said. “... We’ve got another chance at it, so we’ve got to keep working on it in practice, day by day.”
Jeff (0-4, 0-3 Hoosier Crossroads Conference) limited the Raiders’ chances, but Harrison (2-1, 1-1) capitalized twice on corner kicks. Webb knocked in Nestor Sededji’s feed with 2:55 left in the first half to break a scoreless tie.
With 16:05 left, Matthew Roop was credited with heading in another corner to make it 2-0. DelReal said that one actually deflected off another Broncho.
“We work on getting that ball in the middle and putting it in the mixer and see what can happen,” said Roop, a sophomore. “It just proves that in soccer, sometimes those just go your way, and you have to capitalize when you get those opportunities.”
Jeff senior Chris Gaeta scored in the 72nd minute to halve the Harrison lead. The Bronchos couldn’t put another shot on goal.
Two Harrison starters — senior Hector Rosado-Sanchez and junior Ricardo Gonzalez — transferred from Lafayette Jeff over the summer. According to Webb, they weren’t shy about reminding their new teammates which colors came out on top last season.
“They gave us a hard time, but now they’re Raiders,” Webb said. “They’re working hard for us, and we’re working hard to get a sectional title back.”