Second-half Miller goal leads Vikes over South Side in sectional

Brady Henline (middle), a sophomore on the Huntington North High School boys’ soccer team, fires the ball past South Side defender Eduardo Vazquez during a semifinal game at the New Haven Sectional on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The Vikings defeated the Archers, 1-0, and advanced to the sectional championship game.
Brady Henline (middle), a sophomore on the Huntington North High School boys’ soccer team, fires the ball past South Side defender Eduardo Vazquez during a semifinal game at the New Haven Sectional on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The Vikings defeated the Archers, 1-0, and advanced to the sectional championship game. Photo by Steve Clark.

A second-half goal by senior Peyton Miller lifted the Huntington North High School boys’ soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Fort Wayne South Side in the semifinals of the New Haven Sectional on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

With the win, the Vikings, 12-5-1, advance to the sectional championship game on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. Coach Steve Saddington’s squad will face Homestead, 7-11, which punched its ticket to the title game with a 7-2 decision versus New Haven, also on Oct. 9.

After a first half that saw Huntington North’s offense dominate the time of possession, but fail to crack South Side’s defense, the Vikings finally broke through in the second. At the 19:22 mark, senior Tyler Christle fired a pass just ahead of Miller, who outsprinted a pair of Archer defenders to the ball, then shot it past South Side’s keeper for what proved to be the game-winning goal.

Goalie Aidan Hosler made the score stand up for Huntington North. The senior finished with three saves to notch the shutout in goal.

With the loss, South Side finishes the season 4-9-1.