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Press photo by Bob Brandmeir Whitehall's Javaughn Hussett is hoping to lead Whitehall to the postseason this year. Press photo by Bob Brandmeir Whitehall's Javaughn Hussett is hoping to lead Whitehall to the postseason this year.

Hussett pacing boys team

Thursday, October 9, 2014 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

When he was only six years old, Javaughn Hussett remembers scoring one of his most memorable goals in his career that has grown substantially through some strong family ties.

"I was playing for Tri-Boro and had just started playing soccer," recalled Hussett. "I had a chance at a corner kick and just kicked it toward the net. I ended up scoring a goal and then I knew soccer was going to be my sport."

From there, Hussett has scored plenty of memorable goals in his career and has had plenty of them in this season. The junior leads the Zephyrs with a team-high seven goals and 17 points overall.

His current motivation is fueled by a drive to get his team to gain continued respectability and motivation to the postseason. Hussett believes his team recently has taken both of them steps despite consecutive defeats to East Penn Conference powerhouses Parkland and Emmaus.

With the losses, the Zephyrs entered this week's play with an overall 6-8-1 record.

"We have had a good start," noted Hussett. "We have had our stretches when we have struggled, but we are going to keep heading toward districts. We did gain some more respect in the way we played against Parkland and Emmaus.

"We played as hard as we could against both teams and we proved something to ourselves."

Over the years, Hussett also played for the Olympic Development Team for two seasons and has developed from the experience. He also credits the long line of soccer in his family dating back to the playing days of his grandfather and father as well as two cousins who played for the Jamaican National Team.

"Soccer has been my whole life," said Hussett. "My whole family has been involved and it has definitely helped me. I would like to play soccer in college, but I'll decide later about that."

His coach certainly has appreciated his efforts.

"Javaughn (Hussett) has really grown as a player," said head coach Chris Bastidas. "He is a scorer and a leader. He does all the little things for us and always keeps playing. He'll help this team reach the next level."

With his team still in the postseason hunt, Hussett has noticed a difference in the team's approach and demeanor, one that can help them reach the next level.

The Zephyrs lost to Emmaus on Tuesday night 5-1 and close out the regular season Thursday night against Parkland.

"There is a difference from last year," he stated. "We are more of a close-knit team this year. We have a different outlook and philosophy. We believe we know what we have to do to reach districts. We're all close and believe in each other.

"We're going to keep fighting out there."