Miller’s late goal helps Con­estoga stay per­fect

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bruce Adams badams@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @mline­s­ports on Twit­ter

TREDYFFRIN » With the score 0-0 in the wan­ing min­utes of Con­estoga’s District 1 4A sec­ond-round play­off game against Abing­ton Thurs­day evening, the Pi­o­neers’ per­fect record was in jeop­ardy.

The score was tied 0-0, and top-seeded Con­estoga was strug­gling to score in the rainy con­di­tions. Then, with about 10 min­utes to play, an Abing­ton shot on goal hit the cross­bar. “If that ball had been a cou­ple of inches lower, it could have gone in, Abing­ton goes up 1-0 and then they lay back and play de­fense,” said Con­estoga head coach David Zim­mer­man. “That could have been the game right there.”

Just a few min­utes later, Con­estoga se­nior for­ward Ma­son Miller took mat­ters into his own hands, nail­ing a scor­ing shot from about 25 yards out with 6:11 to play that gave the Pi­o­neers a 1-0 win against 17th seed Abing­ton.

Con­estoga (19-0) ad­vances to the third round of Dis­tricts to play No. 8 Cen­tral Bucks East Satur­day.

Miller de­scribed his gamewin­ning goal: “We did a 1-2 touch pass through the mid­dle, [Con­estoga se­nior mid­fielder] Blaise Mi­lanek split two de­fend­ers, and saw me open. When he sent me the ball, I took my shot and saw it go into the lower left cor­ner of the goal.”

Con­estoga has played in rainy con­di­tions ear­lier this

sea­son — against Ri­d­ley, they won 6-0 Sept. 29 in wet weather — and on Thurs­day evening, they got ac­cli­mated to the wet con­di­tions in the sec­ond half, ac­cord­ing to Miller.

“The rain made it more dif­fi­cult to keep the ball on the ground and do our 1-2 touch pass­ing, but I think in the sec­ond half, we got [ac­cus­tomed] to the con­di­tions, and started to play our style more,” said Miller.

Zim­mer­man said, “In the sec­ond half, I think we did a bet­ter job of keep­ing the ball in Abing­ton’s zone. We were play­ing into the wind in the first half. Blaise Mi­lanek did a great job win­ning balls for us in the sec­ond half.”

Con­estoga’s 1-0 win Thurs­day was its eighth one-goal vic­tory of the sea­son — and three of those vic­to­ries were by a 1-0 score.

Zim­mer­man said, “Our back line did a good job tonight. [Ju­nior de­fender] Mike McCarthy an­chored the back line for us, played 80 min­utes and was very

steady back there. Abing­ton put pres­sure on us, but we lim­ited their chances.”

For Abing­ton, which had de­feated No. 16 seed Down­ing­town West 2-0 Tues­day to ad­vance to Thurs­day’s con­test, it was a valiant ef­fort by the Ghosts’ de­fense, and ju­nior goalie Ni­cholas Brown­holtz made a num­ber of nice saves to keep the game score­less un­til the wan­ing min­utes.

Abing­ton head coach Randy Gar­ber said, “We did a nice job tonight – Con­estoga’s a very tal­ented team, and they kept pos­ses­sion. Our whole de­fense played a good game tonight, and it was un­for­tu­nate for us that their one goal was on a great in­di­vid­ual ef­fort, where he got a good look at the ball from the cen­ter of the park.

“We didn’t get the ball in the of­fen­sive third enough tonight, but we’re a young team. I think we’ll [im­prove] next year.”

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Con­estoga’s Lo­gan Schwartz (2) tries to head the ball as Abing­ton’s Michale Burstein (24) de­fends. Con­estoga won, 1-0, to ad­vance in the play­offs.

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