Tuesday, February 10, 2009

ATH: OLH Season ends, but great season

i'm proud to say that Shane played for me at Tivy and has become an outstanding coach . . .

Hawks come up short in first round

, Published February 10, 2009

After an 0-4 start to the season, Our Lady of the Hills boys soccer coach Shane Heffernan thought he’d be in for a rough first year in TAPPS District 3-Division 3.

But with seven wins in the next eight games, the Hawks (7-8 overall) earned themselves a first-ever spot in the TAPPS playoffs.

“It was a pleasant surprise to say the least,” Heffernan said. “You can’t say enough for how hard they worked. And they’ve gotten a lot of respect in this district in one year.”

But the Hawks’ sensational turnaround came to an end on Saturday when District 1 Champion Irving Highlands shutout visiting OLH 3-0 in their opening regional playoff game.

“We were in this game, but the referees killed us,” Heffernan said. “I hate to say that, but two of the goals were the referees’ faults. One came of a penalty kick that shouldn’t have been, and the other one a guy was way offsides and they didn’t even call it.”

Highlands scored first in the 22nd minute and then again right before halftime to take a 2-0 lead. They would add their final goal late in the contest.

Junior goalie J.D. Salinas had nine saves

Despite the loss, Heffernan said the season as a whole was still a success.

“They exceeded my expectations for sure,” Heffernan said.

With the team’s two leading scorers — junior Spencer Brown and sophomore Dalton Fierst — expected to return next season, along with Salinas in goal, the Hawks have high expectations for their second year in District 3.

“I think we’re either district champion or runner-up [next year] because the teams that played really well this year are losing lots of players and we’re losing one,” Heffernan said. “And a couple of kids that will be coming in to play for us are strong players.

“... I think we’re poised to make a really good run next year,” he added.

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