HARKER HEIGHTS Nick Merutka won two district goalkeeper of the year honors and set three Harker Heights school records for saves. Still, Mary Hardin-Baylor head soccer coach Brad Bankhead and the Cru soccer team had to convince the Knights' senior goalie to not hang up his gear. "I had initially looked into the school. I had applied and got accepted, but it was just in the back of my mind as I looked for other places because and I didn't know if I wanted to play soccer, honestly," Merutka said. "Then (UMHB head soccer coach Bankhead) talked to me and I said, 'Maybe I can do it.' And, I practiced with them and it was a good feeling."
After making such an integral and lasting impression in just two years at Harker Heights, Merutka committed to play for the Cru on Monday morning at a ceremony in the Harker Heights cafeteria.
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