Delta High School (DHS) Big Dog

The Delta Huskies Co-ed Soccer team finished well this year. Traveling to the regional tournament over the weekend, the Huskies faced off against Lumen Christi in the first game of the tournament. The Huskies started off a bit sluggish, but Luke Schmidt stepped up and scored back to back goals, getting things rolling, followed by Jacob Anderson who put two in the goal with assists by Schmidt. Zack Wiggins put in a goal following a corner kick by Schmidt, giving Schmidt four assists for the game. The Huskies ended the game with a final goal by David Novotarskiy.

The Huskies faced Wasilla in the semi-championship to go to the State finals. It was a great match. Delta fought hard. The only goal of the match was by Luke Schmidt on an assist by Zack Wiggins. 

The Huskies were in a rematch with Su Valley in the finals. It was a fantastic game with Su Valley scoring first. Austin Durham was absolutely amazing on the goal. He didn’t just have many saves; he had some ridiculously difficult saves which kept Delta in the game.

Durham picked up the goalie duties earlier this year after James Caslin suffered a broken leg earlier in the season. He finished the season with nearly 100 saves and only allowed seven goals. I am extremely proud of him for stepping up in his first year, under pressure and giving it all he had.

As the game progressed, it was junior Kai Elkins who punched in a shot off a corner kick from Luke Schmidt to tie the game at one apiece. The pace picked up and the Huskies did a great job fighting. With three minutes left in regulation, a Su Valley player threw a Husky defender to the ground and shot the ball into the net to go up 2–1. The goal was allowed, and the match ended 2-1. 

All-Tournament players were Carlie Hennager, Jacob Anderson, and All-Tournament MVP Luke Schmidt.

All-Conference selections were: Carlie Hennager, just one vote shy of MVP; Jacob Anderson; and Conference MVP: Luke Schmidt.

I would like to thank Joseph Mock for his time working with the team. I would also like to thank Terri Hennager for helping organize fundraisers, Terri & Sara Moss for driving and chaperoning, and all the parents who helped. I would like to thank James Caslin and Kevin Vertz for remaining part of our awesome team, even after both suffered broken legs this season. Their support to the coaches and team was very appreciated. Thank you to Cheyenne Paine for being our manager, you were great!

I also want to thank Coach Colin Barnard for his commitment and dedication to this team in his fourth year as a volunteer coach. Coach Barnard has done a tremendous job preparing our goalies – many goalies over the past years.

The Huskies finished second in the conference with a record of 16–2–1.