The Herron Achaeans were coming off their epic win over Speedway in Round 1 of Sectionals faced an George Washington team who they had beaten 6-0 earlier in the season. All signs pointed to a possible upset with Herron overlooking their opponent and on to the Championship against rival, Bishop Chatard. The Achaeans came out passing around Washington but with little success in the final third of the field. In the 8th minute of the game off a corner kick, the Continentals tried clearing the ball and ended up with a hand ball in the box. Senior captain, Jaden House, stepped up and scored off the post from the penalty spot. Achaeans up 1-0.
Herron continued to control the time of possession but could not seem to get any good opportunities to score. The Continentals continued to hang around. With 3:30 left in the first half, Freshman Jack Wagner sent a low liner from the corner kick towards the near post. Sophomore Roarke Annarino streaked in and sent a flying volley past the keeper. Achaeans up 2-0 going into the half.
The 2nd half opened up just like the 1st when Herron dominating the time of possession but unlike the great teams, Herron seemed to be passing themselves asleep in this night game. With 31 minutes remaining in the game, centerback Jahir Mancia Guajaca would leave his position with the ball and carry it through the midfield past a couple Continentals. All of a sudden, a turnover occurs and Washington is on the attack. No one stepped to the ball to apply pressure and then a rocket came off the foot and past goalie, Ethan Goodwin. Achaeans are only up 2-1. Washington seemed to have the momentum now.
With 24 minutes left, a beautiful through ball was played down the middle of the field by the penalty mark to Wagner who was upended by 2 Continentals. Senior Kyle Breen stepped up to take the penalty kick where he had stood two nights prior and all but put the nail in the coffin of the Spark Plugs. Herron had not missed a PK all season. 9 for 9 on the season. Breen hits it right at the keeper and he stops it.
Continentals continue to hang around. Herron is content to pass the ball around on their back line. Washington starts pressing high and a slow pass back to the keeper turns into a potential tie scoring 1 on 1 opportunity. Goodwin comes out and makes a sliding save. Surely now Herron will wake up?
Senior, Deigo Wong would be substituted onto the field in hopes to provide some spark. With 6:51 left to go in the game, Mancia Guajaca would send in a corner kick into the box where Wong would volley a shot into the back of the net. The Herron Achaeans would end up winning by a score of 3-1.
SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME DETAIL: Saturday 7:00 PM at Bishop Chatard against the Trojans. We need past and present ACHAEAN NATION to show up and bring the energy. Bring the Trojan Horse into their house and lets surprise them.
PRIOR MEETINGS: Bishop Chatard has won 3 games in a row. Game 2 of the 2020 season, BC won 3-0. 2019 Sectionals, BC won 8-1.
STATS: Bishop Chatard 7-9-0. Goals For: 31 Goals Against: 28 / Herron 7-9-0. GF: 35 GA: 43