HCHS boys rout Creston, win seventh in a row

Cyclones finish regular season with T-C and AL, open substate play May 20

 HARLAN (May 13) -- As the halftime buzzer sounded Monday night, Harlan Community boys soccer coach Dave Voge muttered aloud that the Cyclones’ 2-0 lead over Creston could have been 8-0 if not for missed opportunities.
 HCHS never quite got to eight goals, but Voge was much more pleased with the second-half execution as the Cyclones extended their winning streak to seven games with a 6-0 victory over the Panthers at Merrill Field.
 Jordan Fink led the team with two goals and Michael Heithoff had three assists as HCHS improved to 11-6 overall and 6-1 in the Hawkeye Ten, clinching a share of the conference title with Denison-Schleswig and likely Lewis Central if the Titans beat Atlantic on Thursday. It marks the second time in three years the Cyclones will own a piece of the H-10 championship.
 Harlan needed just 98 seconds to get on the board vs. Creston (7-7, 2-4 H-10) when Kyle Knudson scored from short distance on a cross by Josh Felix that went off the goalie’s hands.
 The next 20 minutes were filled with frustration, however, as HCHS misfired on some good looks at the back of the net. Fink broke the drought with 10:16 left in the half, taking a pass from Heithoff, driving through traffic to the center of the 18-yard box and putting a left-footed shot off the right post and in to make it 2-0.
 The Cyclones stayed on the attack in the second half with three more goals, plus an own goal that was put in by Creston’s Andrew Mills off a cross by HCHS junior Colton Barnes.
 Cole Kramer and Fink both scored breakaway goals - one-on-one with the goalie - after long assists by Heithoff, but the most impressive goal of the night came off freelance with 18:35 remaining. Chasing down a pass that appeared destined to roll out of bounds to the right of the goal, Kramer volleyed the ball perfectly to the front of the net where Cody Christensen was positioned for a header goal - his first of the year.
Playoffs start May 20:
 HCHS will close out the regular season by hosting Tri-Center Thursday and playing at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (10-5) on Friday night. The Cyclones will then face Glenwood (6-10) in a Class 2A, Substate 8 quarterfinal Monday (5:00 p.m.) at Lewis Central. The winner travels to face No. 13 Denison on Wednesday.

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