A strong season ended in impressive—and dramatic—fashion for the Boys Varsity Soccer Team, who made it all the way to the state finals before falling to perennial powerhouse Porter Gaud in a hard-fought championship game.
Expectations for the team were high from the start, as evidenced by a preseason #3-in-the-state ranking. With a 14-7-1 record and a strong preseason tournament performance, the team mostly lived up to expectations, and earned a playoff berth—and that’s when things got exciting.
After earning an upset win over Pinewood Prep in the first round, the Highlanders faced off against regional rival Cardinal Newman in one of the most dramatic games in program history. Despite being outshot 29-3, Heathwood held on to win the game 2-1 and advanced to the championship game.
“I can’t put into words what this team has meant to me,” said Head Coach Andrew Richardson in an interview with The State newspaper. “They have done everything I asked for five years, and we knew it was a process.
The team’s strong finish earned Richardson SCISA Co-Coach of the Year honors. Goalkeeper Nygel Vaughn, who notched a historic performance in the Cardinal Newman playoff game, was named all-region goalie of the year. Senior Brandon Hill and Junior Aiden Powers were also named to the all-region team. All three also earned North-South All Star honors and were named to the All State team. Hill departs with the team’s all-time record for goals scored.