HCHS avenges Denison, advances to Substate soccer final at Lewis Central
DENISON (May 22) -- Avenging a 3-0 loss from the regular season, the Harlan Community boys soccer team went to Denison Wednesday night and beat the 12th-ranked Monarchs 2-1 in a Class 2A, Substate 8 semifinal.
Michael Heithoff’s first-half penalty kick and Levi Culp’s second-half goal put the Cyclones up 2-0 and they were able to hold on for the win. HCHS (14-7) will now play at ninth-ranked Lewis Central (16-3) in Saturday’s Substate 8 final at noon. The Titans won at Perry 1-0 Wednesday night, resulting in a substate final site change to LC.
Denison, which played the last 33:42 a man down after a red card was issued to Adam Frazier for a hard foul, finished the season 11-5.
“We dominated play and didn’t let them build any confidence,” said HCHS head coach Dave Voge. “It was a quality win against a perennial giant in the conference. We have a lot of respect for Denison and this was a big win for us. We are very proud of how our team played tonight. We won most balls and did a great job of defending Denison’s corner kicks.”
HCHS got on the board with 8:24 left in the first half when Heithoff was fouled in the box and converted the resulting penalty kick. The Cyclones later scored a huge insurance goal with 20:40 left in the game when Jordan Fink back-heeled a pass to an overlapping Culp, who drove the ball deep into the 18-yard box and scored to make it 2-0.
Denison cut the lead in half on a Cesar Rodriguez 30-yard free kick with 13:56 to go, but the Cyclones held on to set up another Hawkeye Ten rematch. HCHS shut out the Titans 4-0 at Merrill Field on April 1.
Class 2A, Substate 8 Boys Soccer
First Round Scores: Monday, May 20
Lewis Central 8, Carroll 0 Harlan Community 2, Glenwood 1
Semifinal Scores: Wednesday, May 22
Lewis Central 1, Perry 0 Harlan Community 2, Denison 1
Substate Final: Saturday, May 25
Harlan Community (14-7) at #9 Lewis Central (16-3), 12:00 p.m.
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