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City High's boys soccer team honors teammate's memory with win on Senior Night

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

The City High boys soccer team wasn't fighting only for a win on senior night but for a win for a teammate who passed away.

It's been almost two years since their classmate was killed in an accident, but the team showed Thursday night that his memory still lives on.

On July 11, 2016, JC Meardon was hit by a van on Dane Road in Iowa City. Meardon died the next day from his injuries.

Friends, coaches and family members said Meardon loved playing soccer. He would have graduated this year.

On Thursday, the team had its senior night and they made sure to have Meardon there with them in memory.

The team, along with family and friends, wore special shirts in Meardon's honor. Jackson Meyer, Meardon's best friend, made the shirts after his death. The shirts say 'Win 4 Weasel'. Weasel was a nickname of Meardon, given to him by his father.

The shirts go to benefit the JC Meardon Soccer Foundation. Proceeds help put jerseys on the backs of kids that otherwise couldn't afford to be a part of a team.

"He should be here, and just because he's not doesn't mean we can't celebrate him," Meyer said.

The seniors later came out on the field with new black shirts for Meardon that said: "W4W #12 Forever". After the recognition of each senior, a moment of silence was held for Meardon.

"I just think it is just important as a tribute to him. He would have been playing with us, a part of this team. Just for us to show our respect and have him here with us," said Jonah Dancer. Dancer grew up playing soccer with Meardon, like Meyer.

While Meardon wasn't on the field with them tonight, he was there in their hearts. Dancer said the key to winning the game was to come out hard and to fight for JC. He made good on that statement when he put the Little Hawks on the board first, with an early goal off of a penalty kick.

City High finished their last home game of the regular season with a 2-0 win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

Correction: During the story that aired in the 10 p.m. newscast it was mistakenly said that Meardon was blindfolded. None of the boys were blindfolded.

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