Huskies keep the Mustangs scoreless, 1-0, in first game

In the first game of the 2018 season, the boys varsity soccer team defeated Blue Valley North on Friday Aug. 24, 1-0. Junior Dylan Colle grabbed the goal and improved the Huskies record to 1-0.

Senior Carson Brown strikes the ball against BVN on Aug. 24 at the DAC.

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Ethan Knauth, Online Copy Editor

Attempting to tack on another season opening win against the Mustangs, the Huskies began the game eager to get the first goal. Exactly that happened with 25:12 remaining in the first half, which saw senior Nick Barner slot a ball through to junior Dylan Colle who placed it in the corner. The game would remain the same score as BVNW saw out their first win of the season and head coach Brian Pollack’s first win.

On a hot and humid night, Pollack said he was proud of his team for giving maximum effort and striving through their ongoing cramp issues that could have plagued the team. Pollack also mentioned everyone on the roster was able to play their part, which helped the Huskies piece together a complete game.

“I saw a roster where everybody played a role. I saw everybody giving their all [while] everybody is cramping up. It’s hot and humid, but everybody stepped up to close the game out,” Pollack said. “The win is important, but more importantly it is what those players gave.”

With longtime head coach Rick Pribyl no longer in charge of the program, Pollack started off his tenure with a victory. In a game where tempers generally flare between the school rivals, Pollack said he was happy with his team for keeping their cool and playing their game.

Notching his first goal of the season, Colle provided the Huskies with an early lead. As a third-year varsity player, Colle said he always enjoys facing the Mustangs.

“I was very excited for it,” Colle said. “When we got out there, it was a great feeling.”

As the offense started the game off strong, the defense helped to shutdown the Mustang’s advances leading to a clean sheet in their first game. Senior goalie Andrew Wood said he was satisfied with his defense and their work rate.

“I think there was only one shot. The defense did an outstanding job,” Wood said. “Having a clean sheet against North means a lot.”

Looking to the season ahead, Pollack said the win could very well positively impact future games down the road.

“Whenever you start a season there is still a degree of uncertainty,” Pollack said. “I think this could have a snowball effect. This game certainly put us to the test and will give us a launching pad in terms of moving forward.”

Following the win against Blue Valley North, the Huskies will be back in action in the FAT CAT tournament on Aug. 28 at Blue Valley West seeking to improve on their perfect record.