Heritage did well in its Continental League start but hit a wall against crosstown rivals Arapahoe. Heritage High School boys soccer fought Arapahoe …
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Heritage did well in its Continental League start but hit a wall
against crosstown rivals Arapahoe.
Heritage High School boys soccer fought Arapahoe to a 0-0 finish
Sept. 18 at Arapahoe High School in Centennial for non-conference
The stalemate came after a Continental League win for the Eagles
on Sept. 13 against hosts Highlands Ranch 5-0 and a win at home
Sept. 15 over Ponderosa, which Heritage shared the league title
with last season, by a 2-0 final.
Against Arapahoe, defense and goalkeeping was on display with
the Eagles’ Tim Erwin finishing with 13 saves and the Warriors
Ethan Hovarth with 10. However, both offenses struggled to put
their chances on the scoreboard.
Heritage coach Adam Busek, in his first season taking over the
reins for longtime Eagles coach Tony Hurt, said playing in a
crosstown rivalry game is good for the players, regardless of the
outcome. Even though it was a non-conference game, since Arapahoe
made the jump to the Centennial League three seasons ago, the
Eagles still got to play in a pressure game. They also benefited
from playing against a strong physical team like the Warriors,
since Heritage plays a strong physical style as well.
“We really haven’t faced anybody else who has been that strong,”
Busek said. “Dealing with the pressure and physicality is good for
Defensively, senior Brian Chamberlain, senior Zach Jennings and
junior Sampson Ramsey were three of several bright spots in the
Eagles backfield against Arapahoe, the coach said.
In addition, the team chemistry has been strong this season.
“The guys work hard for each other,” Busek said. “We have
created a lot of good chances in front of goal.”
If there’s one area Heritage struggles so far in the season,
it’s consistency. Busek said that is usually the case with high
Having replaced Tony Hurt as head coach, it has been Busek’s
intent to making sure his players understand he is simply trying to
present things that will help the Eagles win.
“The tradition at Heritage High School is very strong, so taking
over for [Hurt] is not that easy,” Busek said. “I’m not trying to
take anything away from coach Hurt. He’s obviously done a great job
with the program. My principles are the same as most coaches — hard
working, do it the right way and play to win. It’s pretty simple,
and the guys have bought into it. There haven’t been any
“The tradition is there. The talent is here. I think we’re going
to be very competitive, as they’ve been before.”
In the game against Highlands Ranch, senior Jeff Whitney scored
two goals, while junior Christian Vargas scored one and assisted
another. Senior Cody Melphy assisted on two goals. Senior Tanner
Swenson and junior Isaac Witte each found the back of the net too.
In goal, Erwin had four saves to preserve the shut out.
Vargas and Jennings each had a goal in the Ponderosa game.
Junior John Bruno and Witte each had an assist.
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