Malvern Prep holds off GA in In­ter-Ac bat­tle

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Den­nis C. Way dway@21st-cen­tu­ry­

WHITEMARSH >> Ger­man­town Academy brought back mem­o­ries of the fam­ily that spent all day and night fran­ti­cally search­ing for its miss­ing dog.

Then, after find­ing it, was so over­joyed it left the door open again.

After yield­ing an own goal in the first 16 min­utes of its match against ri­val Malvern Prep, the Pa­tri­ots spent the re­main­der of the match striv­ing for an equal­izer.

And when they fi­nally got it, on a par­tial break­away goal by Zan­der Foglia in the fi­nal 13 min­utes of the sec­ond half, they gave it right back.

Billy Coyle scored on a par­tial break of his own with 10:36 left and Malvern had a 2-1 vic­tory and its first In­ter-Aca­demic League vic­tory of the sea­son.

“We didn’t play par­tic­u­larly well,” said Fri­ars head coach An­drew Kum­merer, “but we’ll take the re­sult.

“(GA) put a lot of pres­sure on us, and didn’t al­low us to get into any kind of of­fense in the sec­ond half.”

The Fri­ars got on the board first, via a Malvern cross that went in off the leg of a Pa­tri­ots de­fender.

The goal put GA be­hind the eight ball, but the team re­ally didn’t turn on the jets un­til the sec­ond half, when the in­ser­tion of sopho­more Drew Budin­sky seemed to spark the Pa­tri­ots.

“We re­ally didn’t do that much dif­fer­ently,” said GA head coach Bren­dan Sul­li­van. “But when we put

An­drew into the game he seemed to give us a lift.

“We’ll have to see about giv­ing him more min­utes.”

The Pa­tri­ots went full bore at the Malvern net for most of the sec­ond half, and fi­nally got the break they needed when a Fri­ars free kick was headed out into the mid­field, where Foglia gath­ered it in, sped past a Fri­ars de­fender and slipped a shot past Malvern goal­keeper Jake Hod­loski.

“One of our cap­tains, Mike Ro­man, had a per­fect header right to me, and no one stopped me,” Foglia said.

But the Pa­tri­ots cel­e­bra­tion

hadn’t quite died down when Fri­ars de­fender Lo­gan Cad­die sent Coyle away in the mid­field.

“(GA) just tied it, and they had the mo­men­tum,” Coyle said, “so I gave it all I had on that run.

“I was able to shoul­der the de­fender the whole way in.”

“Billy scores a lot when it mat­ters,” Kum­merer said. “He has six goals in 11 games for us, and most of them have come in big sit­u­a­tions.”

After Coyle struck, the Pa­tri­ots were not able to an­swer.

“It wasn’t that tough com­ing back when we were

down, 1-0,” Foglia said, “but we had a dif­fer­ent mind­set when they went up, 2-1.”

GA huffed and puffed, and even got a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity to tie the match in the clos­ing min­utes off a free kick.

But W. Har­ri­son Combs rock­eted a per­fect pass from Ro­man off the cross­bar, and the Fri­ars were home free.

“Both sides did a lot of muck­ing and grind­ing,” Sul­li­van said. “It wasn’t a pretty game.

“But Malvern got the goal when they needed it, and we just weren’t able to an­swer a sec­ond time.”

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