Hawks top Edgewood 3-1 to make Senior Night a success


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Viera High honored its seniors -- (from l-r) Nicholas Lockridge, Andrew Scougall, Michael Howell, Andrew Madlener, Braedon Clark, John Dashi, Corbin Lindsey, Tyler McGoldrick and Max Pacheaco -- during Thursday night's 3-1 over Edgewood.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

It was a special night for nine Viera High senior boys soccer players on Thursday.

Not only did the Hawks defeat visiting Edgewood 3-1, but the seniors were honored in a halftime ceremony that featured the players walking with their parents and surrounded by members of the JV team.

“It was really special,” senior Andrew Madlener said. “All the boys … we’ve been together so long. We all play club together. I’ve been brought up with those guys since we were 8 and 9.

“It’s surreal that this is the last time we play here.”

The Hawks (9-2-2) took control in the first half, scoring a pair of goals within six minutes of each other.

Senior Tyler​ ​McGoldrick opened things up with goal off an assist from senior Corbin Lindsey.

Senior Max Pacheaco then made it 2-0 with the help of an assist from Madlener.

The game stayed that way until there was 4:23 remaining to play when Edgewood scored to cut the Viera lead in half. But any thoughts of a comeback by the Indians ended in the game’s final minute when Mads Jensen scored with the assist coming from fellow sophomore Kia​ ​Mohajeri.

“Not bad. I thought we played well,” Madlener said. “We passed the ball around well, kept possession.”

Viera, which was playing very well before the Christmas break, is trying to regain that form before the district playoffs start at the end of the month.

After not giving up a goal in its final four games before the break – including a 0-0 tie with Heritage and a 6-0 win over Sebastian River – the Hawks have now given up six goals in their past three games.

“For us, it’s just about tightening things up on the back end again, getting back to our strengths and, obviously, preparing for the (district) semifinal,” Viera coach Nick Robinson said.

Although district games remain to be played the Hawks appear to have positioned themselves as either the second or third seed, which would mean they would avoid having to play top-seeded Melbourne until the championship game.

And if the Hawks can get through their semifinal – likely against Heritage or Sebastian River – they would advance to the regional playoffs no matter what happens in the district final.

But Thursday night was all about the seniors – Madlener, Pacheaco, Lindsey, McGoldrick, Michael Howell, Andrew Scougall, Braedon Clark, John Dashi and Nicholas Lockridge.

The Hawks will play at Holy Trinity at 6 p.m. on Saturday.