Player Spotlight: Nick Heckt

By Reid L. Walmark

This month’s player spotlight features the anchor of the South Windsor boys’ varsity soccer team.  Senior captain Nicholas Heckt has had a season to remember while leading the Bobcats to a 15-3-1 record and a trip to the second round of the Class LL State Tournament.

Like any good captain, Heckt is not only a presence in the locker room, but also on the field.  With 12 goals in the last month, including a hat trick in their opening round of the state tournament against Norwalk, Heckt has been fun to watch.

“It’s huge for me to set an example for the guys. Last season should have been big for me and it wasn’t so, in my last year I want to go out with a bang,” said Heckt.

South Windsor has won its share of easy games this season, but even in tight situations, Heckt has stepped up and been clutch for his team when they needed him most.

“It would have to be one against Manchester where I beat a defender one-on-one, cut inside, and hit a left foot bender around the keeper for a game winner,” said Heckt while describing his goal of the season.

Every player likes individual awards, but a great player covets team success and that is exactly what Heckt is focused on during his senior season, knowing each game could be his last during this state tournament.

“I’ve played with all these guys since I was seven and we all want to go out on top,” said Heckt.

After an impressive 4-1 win over Norwalk, South Windsor dropped a tough 2-1 decision to Hall-West Hartford.

Heckt finished the season with 31 goals and will look to continue his soccer career in college at either Assumption or Eastern Connecticut State University.

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