HNHS boys’ soccer goes into OT, PK’s

Huntington North High School soccer player Kolten Foster moves the ball downfield against his Homestead High School competitor during the Wednesday, Oct. 7, sectional competition. Foster had one assist during Wednesday’s game.
Huntington North High School soccer player Kolten Foster moves the ball downfield against his Homestead High School competitor during the Wednesday, Oct. 7, sectional competition. Foster had one assist during Wednesday’s game. Photo by Katelynn Farley.

The Huntington North High School boys’ soccer team traveled to Columbia City High School on Wednesday, Oct. 7, to compete against Homestead High School in their first IHSAA sectional match for the 2020 season.

The Vikings took the lead early in the game, with senior Alex Gass making the first goal of the night with 34 minutes left in the game. The Vikings kept their 1-0 lead through the entire first half.

Homestead and HNHS both made goals in quick succession of each other near the beginning of the second half, with sophomore Aric Hosler making the Viking’s second goal.

The Vikings made an unfortunate blunder of scoring on their own goal, resulting in a 2-2 tie by the 20 minute mark of the second half.

The Vikings took Homestead into overtime, keeping their opponents at bay for the entirety of the 14 extra minutes. This resulted in the sectional game going into penalty kicks.

Homestead ultimately won with five successful penalty kicks to the Vikings’ three successful kicks, ending the Viking’s 2020 season.

Taking the win, Homestead advanced to face Fort Wayne South Side on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Overall, the Huntington North varsity record for 2020 stands at 6-8-1.