November 1, 2014
Goshen Tops Brebeuf Jesuit to Claim First State Championship
In a defensive battle, Goshen edged out Brebeuf Jesuit 1-0 with the winning goal with less than seven minutes to go in the match to claim the Class 2A boys soccer state title.
Both teams showcased stout defenses as the match remained scoreless most of the way. With about 10 minutes to go, Isaac Huerta got loose and hit the left post on a near-miss. Then, in the 73rd minute, Huerta sent a cross from the right corner towards the goal where Brebeuf Jesuit was called for a hand ball inside the box. Goshen senior midfielder JT Plavchak converted the ensuing penalty kick that gave the Redskins a 1-0 lead. Plavchak’s score held up for Goshen's first boys soccer championship and first state title of any kind in 26 years.
The Redskins only surrendered one goal during the state tournament and finished six straight shutouts including three overtime games. Brebeuf outshot Goshen 11-9 for the match with Goshen keeper Tyler Born saving five and Brebeuf keeper Austin Bodner with four.
Goshen was coached by Viratham Mounsithiraj and ended its season 20-2-1. Brebeuf Jesuit finished their year 19-5 under coach Carlos Zavaleta.
Goshen's Isaac Huerta wins Mental Attitude Award
Isaac Huerta of Goshen High School received the 2014 Mental Attitude Award for Boys Class 2A Soccer after being selected by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee.
The Redskins captain is the single season and career record holder for goals scored at Goshen High School. He was named to the All-Northern Lakes Conference team in 2012 and 2014, and the ISCA Academic All-State team for the past two seasons.
The dual sport athlete is a three-time letter winner in basketball, and is also a member of the National Honor Society. He is a peer tutor and spends time volunteering within the Goshen community.
Isaac plans to attend Goshen College to study civil engineering.
The IHSAA Executive Committee presented a scholarship check for $1,000 to Goshen High School in the name of Isaac Huerta. Since 1989, more than $840,000 in college scholarships has been presented to deserving high school students in Indiana.