He had the ball on the Hoyas’ side of the field when he noticed the Raiders’ goalkeeper was out of the goalie box. From there, Deltac crushed the ball with all his might and watched it soar all the way to the goal and into the back of the net, for what he estimated was a 67-yarder.
“Most players wouldn’t have even tried what he tried,” Harrison coach Jonathan Gross.
If Gross had just a few words to describe his junior midfielder, he would say that “he’s got sharp technical skills, and he tries things that other players won’t.”
Harrison went on to lose that game against Walton and begin its season with a 0-3-1 record after graduating 80 percent of its scoring from last year’s state semifinal team.
But with Deltac and his 17 goals patrolling the midfield, he helped a younger Hoyas team get through the early-season adversity. Once they settled in, they bounced back to go 14-6-2, defend their Region 4AAAAAA championship and make a return run to the Class AAAAAA state semifinals.
For his efforts, Deltac is the 2014 Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
“No one thought we could do it, but we worked so hard and made it all the way back to the semifinals,” Deltac said. “We had five or six injuries to our best players. We had to get (younger players) to work as hard as we did. We told them they could do it and were just as good as the players coming off the field.”
The game that appeared to turn Harrison’s season around was its 1-0 win over Campbell in the region opener March 7. The Hoyas scored early and had to play defense against a Spartans team known for its scoring.
“We had to work our butts off to keep the lead,” Deltac said. “It was a hard game for everyone. Campbell had some scorers. We all had to spread it out, keep the ball and not let them score.
Deltac’s role as an attacking midfielder was to push the ball forward and either distribute it to one of the forward or attempt to score himself. He had three assists on the year to go with his 17 goals.
Deltac accounted for all four goals in Harrison’s 4-2 win over Hillgrove, had two goals in a 4-0 win over Pebblebrook and provided a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over North Cobb.
“With his first touch and ability to take people on, he can play as well as anyone I’ve seen at his age,” Gross said of Deltac. “He plays with a lot of courage.”
Deltac, who is being recruited by Georgia Southern, said his priority during the offseason will staying in shape and keeping his energy level high.