Hampton Boys Soccer Ready for Playoffs

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Hampton Boys Soccer Ready for Playoffs

Hampton’s Gabe Viszlay (16) and Mars’ Luke Harvey (22) compete for a loose ball September 17, 2019 at Mars.
Photo: Trib Live HSSN

Hampton’s Gabe Viszlay (16) and Mars’ Luke Harvey (22) compete for a loose ball September 17, 2019 at Mars. Photo: Trib Live HSSN

Hampton’s Gabe Viszlay (16) and Mars’ Luke Harvey (22) compete for a loose ball September 17, 2019 at Mars. Photo: Trib Live HSSN

Hampton’s Gabe Viszlay (16) and Mars’ Luke Harvey (22) compete for a loose ball September 17, 2019 at Mars. Photo: Trib Live HSSN

Greg Hillman

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The Hampton boys soccer team looks to make a deep playoff run.

 

It was a great season for the boys soccer team this year finishing 13-3-3 in overall play. The boys won 4 of their final 5 games while eliminating Highlands from playoff contention and finishing 2nd behind Mars in the Class 3A Section 1 Conference. 

 

“I mean the whole team is just really excited to see what we can do,” said Senior captain Matt Govi. “We are ready to show everyone that Hampton soccer is no joke.” Govi has stepped up in a leadership role this season with being a captain and senior. HBS pulled out close and blowout wins this season. They scored 61 goals this season 29% of them coming from Matt Govi and Christian Waldschmit. (Govi and Waldschmidt led the team with 9 goals this season.) Hampton has averaged just over 3 goals a game threw 18 games. Gabe Viszlay leads the team with 13 assists averaging about an assist a game. 

 

“Gabe is a crucial part of our team,” Govi said, “He does a lot of the work behind the scenes that doesn’t get a lot of recognition. He definitely plays a huge role on this team.” 

 

Thomas Bradfield has held the fort down well for the Talbots this season posting 11 shutouts. He never allowed a goal against Indiana, Kiski, in 4 games against both teams. Other notable stats, Bradfield in 2 games allowed 1 goal against Armstrong and Highlands, and 2 goals against North Hills.

 

Another factor into Hampton’s success this season has been communication. “We have to communicate on and off the field.” Senior George Kay said. In conference games Hampton has been able to outscore a handful of opponents when playing them twice. They outscored Armstrong 18-1, North Hills 8-2, Highlands 5-1, Kiski 4-0(the first game against Kiski resulted in a 0-0 tie), and Indiana 6-0. Other non-conference wins include: Greensburg Salem 6-0, Obama Academy 2-0, and Deer Lakes 1-0. 

 

Hampton is the 6th overall seed and will have home field advantage in the 1st Round of the playoffs. Ringgold is the 11th overall seed and finished 3rd in the Class 3A Section 3 conference. “The rest of the week we are resting up and removing any weak links in our style of play.” George Kay stated on the mentality going into the playoffs. 

 

Safe to say don’t count Hampton out as contenders for the title. Communication, Good Style of Play, Good Goaltending and goal scoring should help the Talbots make a deep run into the WPIAL and State playoffs.  

The boys host Ringgold on Saturday October 19th at Fridley Field. You can listen to the game on the TribLive HSSN. Bob Orkwis and Justin McCauley have the call of the game, 1:50pm pregame followed by 2:00 kickoff on the TribLive High School Sports Network. Good Luck Boys!