Raider Boys’ Soccer claimed the Regional title on Saturday, October 18.
After defeating Fishers 1-0 on Thursday, the Raiders took home the Regional title, winning 4-0 against Kokomo.
Junior Mathew Roop took control of the game early when he scored the Raider’s first goal in the first three minutes.
Following Roop was sophomore Alex Webb with the Raiders second goal.
Soon after Webb’s goal, Kokomo answered back with a goal of their own.
With 15 minutes left in the half, senior Rickey Gonzalez found the back of the net and secured the Raiders lead by two.
Kokomo did not let up however, by half time the Wildkats cut Harrison’s lead 3-2.
The Raiders knew they could not let up on Kokomo and needed to secure a stronger lead.
Junior, Nathan Campbell, was next to score early in the second half extending the Raider’s lead and final score 4-2.
The Raiders will play their first semi state match on Saturday, October 31 against Homestead.
Raider Boys’ Soccer finished the 2014 season after a tough 0-2 loss to Homestead in the first round of Semi-State.
Senior Anson Call said, “We went pretty far in the tournament. I am really proud of our team. We had a lot of fun this season and I think our record speaks for our play.”
Although their season ended earlier than they would have liked, the Raiders walked off the field with their heads held high.
Boys’ Soccer defeated Frankfort, McCutcheon, Fishers, and Kokomo throughout the State Tournament, earning both Sectional and Regional titles.
After a competitive run in the tournament they finished their season 19-2-2.
Although the Raiders will graduate four seniors (Christian Stiverson, Jacob Spahn, Ricky Gonzalez, and Anson Call) talented underclassmen will return next season.
“This season taught us a lot and now we know what is expected of us. I think we will be able to play just as well next year, if not better,” said junior captain Mathew Roop.
Key returning players include: junior captain Mathew Roop, goalie Kyle Bugay, Nathan Campbell, and Cole Boyer.
The 2014 season was an impressive one for the Raider Boys’ Soccer team and they expect nothing less next year.