Heritage girls soccer coach Scott Sloan looked at Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Wake Forest as a prime example of the Huskies’ season thus far.
“I think the only consistent thing we’ve seen from our team is the inconsistency of it,” Sloan said. “We won four games in a row then we lose two in a row. We’ve been able to put together a really good first half and backed it up with a really poor second half.
“I think that’s the one thing we’re missing in any regularity is that consistent play for 80 minutes and then putting games together. We’ve got some strong players. I don’t think we have a group of players that’s considered the best in the conference, but any night we can have two or three of the better players on the field and I think we just have to find that tone of the game, that tempo of the game, where our better players are showcasing their skill.”
Heritage (9-6-3; 4-5-2 in Cap Eight) was the aggressor throughout the entire contest, outshooting the Cougars 18-3 in the game. But the Huskies sat scoreless at halftime as shots sailed wide of the goal, hit the crossbar, were called off because of a pre-shot foul or were stopped at the goal line.
“We didn’t have any composure in the first half,” Sloan said. “From a technical standpoint we were trying to smash everything. It’s a rivalry game, and I think we get that. We understand but the technical players have to stand out and be composed. I think we lacked composure in the first half and I think we gained a little bit, bits and pieces in the second half, it was a little bit better.”
Heritage got on the board in the 50th minute when Marisa Sloan found Christina Fillipino for a shot past Wake Forest goalkeeper Madison McNally and into the left corner of the goal.
Nine minutes later, Nara Mendez followed two halted Huskies attempts with an arching shot from 30 yards out for the final goal of the night.
The crosstown rivalry had a chippy start — three yellow cards were given in the final 10 minutes of the first half.
“I told the girls at halftime playing chippy benefits (Wake Forest) and that’s not how we’re going to progress in this game. Again, (the second half) was better, but I didn’t think it was great.”
Wake Forest coach Jeremiah Mattingly said he’s also looking for progress from his team, which is 3-12, 0-10 this season.
“We’re young,” he said. “We have two seniors, so the big thing is we’re trying to get better every day, and I think we are. It’s not really showing in the scoreboard and that’s really hard. It can be tough for the players, but with that said, they stay positive. They’re young and they know it, so they know there’s room for improvement. We know we’ve got four games left and we’re just looking forward to competing in all four. One day at a time.”
The Huskies move on to face two of the league’s top four teams: Millbrook on Thursday and Wakefield on Monday.
“We took a big dip after spring break and I feel like we’re starting to get it back, but we’ll find out Thursday,” Sloan said. “One thing is doing it against the bottom half of the table another thing is doing it against the top half of the table.”