Tonight we honor our Seniors at Kuntz Stadium at 6:30 PM. Come pack the house and cheer on Austin Osburn, Christopher Wagner, Max Elliott, Ben Drake, Myles Drescher, Cheaney Ritter, Humza Mohammed, Shayan Mirtalebi and the Achaeans tonight.
2019 Captains, Austin and Christopher, along with Max have been seen varsity action for all 4 years and have helped bring Herron Back-To-Back Sectional Titles in 2017 & 2018. Their Freshman year, the varsity team had a bit of an unfortunate season. The injury bug came visiting with five concussions and a torn ACL to starters. As you could expect, the Achaeans didn’t win a game that season. What happened in 2017 was just shy of a miracle. From winless to the school’s 1st Sectional title in Herron history. These little sophomores played some big minutes that season and were main contributors to the success.
The 2018 season had another fellow Senior join the varsity team, Goalie Myles Drescher. Myles would start every game that season and help the Achaeans win their 2nd Sectional title. Myles had played keeper for the JV team his Freshman and Sophomore seasons gaining the experience and confidence he needed to face the pressures of being a varsity keeper. In 2015, the JV team not only didn’t win a game, they didn’t score a goal. With Myles in goal in 2016, the Achaeans not only scored several goals, they also won a game. 2017, Drescher played better and notched 2 wins on his belt. The varsity team needed a keeper in 2018 and Myles was the next man up.
In 2019, Ben Drake and Cheaney Ritter joined varsity team. Drake came to Herron in 2018 but was recovering from a broken leg in the Spring club soccer season. He would not be cleared to play until October but he found his usefulness to the team. Drake was used to playing goalie at a high level in club soccer and was able to transfer some of that knowledge to Myles from the sidelines. This season, Ben has helped a young and inexperienced defense grow as a team. His leadership, confidence and abilities are well respected by his teammates. Cheaney Ritter was a two year JV forward. Ritter was part of the 17-18 team that started turning around the program from the JV side. A high school team is only going to get better when you have JV players willing to put in the effort and work at practice. Ritter wanted to make varsity his senior year and worked hard. He has not only made the team but has found a spot in the starting line up. He has played center defense most of the season, a position he has never played before. Coach Durrett expected some bumps but Cheaney has been a wonderful surprise to the team.
Humza and Shayan joined the soccer team in 2019. Humza had never played soccer before. He is a basketball player. Soccer skills were lacking but his heart and drive were not. His first action on the field was at right defense. He played like he had played that position his whole life that game. The team only gave up 1 goal in the first half and he was fired up. Unfortunately the 2nd half didn’t go as well. He did not get discouraged and was a tremendous leader for the younger players. He worked hard all season and through a leg injury. He finally scored his first goal of the season in a scrimmage against the Herron Girls Varsity team on Monday on a PK. SIDE NET!!!! It was like he knew what he was doing. The smile and excitement spread across the field through his teammates and fans. Its never too late to start playing this game.
Shayan Mirtalebi came to Herron from Scecina. He came out for the 2019 season and made JV team but was also a varsity alternate. Coach Durrett saw speed and hustle in him that he thought he could tap into if Mirtalebi could knock some of the rust off since he hadn’t played in a while. Shayan played in the Preseason Mooresville Tournament where he showed off some of his speed. He would start with the JV team. His speed, endurance and dribbling skills were an asset to the team. His season was cut short due to an illness or you might have seen him on the varsity roster.
If you are a fellow student, faculty member, alumni, family or friend, I invite you to come out tonight and honor your 2019 Senior Boys Soccer Players. Being a student athlete is not easy but these eight Seniors wouldn’t have it any other way.