Fossil downs Erie with second hat trick of the year


Dylan Heinrich

Junior Ricardo Peres alongside senior Sterling Belllendir before the second half kickoff.

Dylan Heinrich, Sports Writer

Fossil Ridge soccer won their second consecutive league match, beating the Erie Tigers 5-0.

The Sabercats started the matchup hot, with two goals in the first half from seniors Dylan Whisenant and Matthew Elliot. Fossil’s offense has been electric all year, averaging 2.75 goals per game this season, including 18 goals in their past four matchups.

“Honestly we’ve just been doing a lot of attacking drills in practice, really been getting our passing together. We’ve gotten our finishing down and it’s been paying off,” Whisenant said.

Whisenant scoring his hat trick goal. (Dylan Heinrich)

However, the Sabercats weren’t done yet, as senior Sterling Bellendir scored his fifth goal of the season less than three minutes into the second half. Fossil continued to apply offensive pressure, therefore not allowing Erie to get any shots of their own. 

The Sabercats’ extra push paid off with two more goals, both scored by Whisenant, as he earned himself a hat trick, Fossil’s second all season.

“It’s my first [hat trick] on varsity…It’s a really good feeling, something I’ve been dreaming of,” Whisenant said.

Whisenant attempting an airborne kick. (Dylan Heinrich)

Whisenant plays a very aggressive style, using his larger frame to barrel through opponents in his way. Despite committing plenty of fouls, this unique demeanor allows Whisenant to be the dominant player on the pitch.

“I’m in the gym a lot and it shows as I’m bigger than most of the other high schoolers. It’s a lot of hard work paying off both in and out of soccer,” Whisenant said.

Fossil now puts their 2-0 league record to the test as they take on the Prairie View Thunderhawks this Thursday for the first time ever.