Alec Mingorance (23) snags a Heritage crossing pass
Sports Action Images by Chas Sumser, VivaLoudoun Photographer
Lansdowne, VA (Apr 19, 2016) – The Heritage Pride visited the Riverside Rams for a warm spring night of boys soccer. Heritage entered the game with an unblemished 5-0-1 mark while Riverside record was relatively modest at 2-2-1. Although in different conferences, matches between Loudoun County high schools are always competitive. Chas Sumser was there to cover the action and posted a varsity gallery of 118 images and a JV gallery of 80 images.
JV Game: Heritage 1 – Riverside 0
The JV game was a well-played affair. The run of play belonged to the Pride, but the Rams were equal to the challenge giving away just one goal on a corner kick that was lofted high and twisted in the wind. Riverside’s keeper got his hands on it, but could not bring it under control, and the Pride nailed the rebound. And that was all that was needed for the win.
Varsity Game: Heritage 3 – Riverside 3
Sporting no seniors, but led by a strong junior class, Riverside entered the varsity match a decided underdog. Conversely, Heritage opened up with the earned confidence of a conference leader, and masterfully worked the ball around the field looking for chances to strike. The Rams were well organized and kept the Pride at bay until, late in the first half, a seemingly innocent Heritage throw-in from 35 yards out became an incredible 30-yard strike from Giovanni Vasquez. But Vasquez received a red card ejection just before the break making the Pride’s 1-0 lead seem tenuous.
As the second half began, Heritage retained control, but more of the run of play was in their defensive end. Suddenly, at fifteen minutes in, Riverside’s Michael Zhang hit his own laser from 25 yards out to tie the score.
The next 25 minutes were a thrill ride. The Pride took the lead back on a goal from Andres Villalon, but Zhang tied the game again with his second goal. The Rams went ahead for the first time on a goal from Mahari Jackson, and it seemed like a big upset was at hand. But Heritage’s Kosta Nika raced through the Riverside defense and tied it again at 3-3. Two overtimes later, that’s the way the score remained.
You can see more photo galleries by Chas Sumser at VivaLoudoun.