Lewis lifts LC past Faith Christian
In non-league boys’ soccer action on Tuesday the schedule paired up two teams, Lansdale Catholic and Faith Christian, both dealing with the same early season situation. Both the Crusaders DnG WKH LLRns KDvH firsW yHDr JRDOLHs DnG fiHOG SODyHrs Ln new roles.
While the roster makeover is a challenge, the expectations stay the same. Both Crusaders’ coach goe Wilson and Lions’ coach oyan Clymer believe their teams have enough talent to be up for the task of competing for a league title in their respective leagues.
One aspect that looks to be in good shape for both sides is their strikers. The Lions’ junior Dylan Papiernik put in both goals in the 6-2 loss to the Crusaders. It was junior Michael Lewis’ fourgoal effort that was the difference maker.
“We are still making some silly mistakes,” Wilson said. “But overall the performance was encouraging.”
“They were a wellcoached team,” Clymer said. “They spaced well and I was impressed with the way Lansdale Catholic came out and played today.”
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“Michael Lewis is going to be an exciting player,” Wilson said. “He has really IRunG WKH DELOLWy WR finG WKH nHW DnG LI wH finG D wDy WR get him open, he is going to have a big day, like he did today.”
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“We had a forward that was held out because of two yellow cards in the last game,” Clymer said. “So, Dylan kind of had to be the top target today. We had kids come off the bench today and there play was encouraging.”
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With Philadelphia Catholic League games right around the corner, coach Wilson is pleased see his team starting to hit their stride.
“They are starting to gel,” Wilson said. “We have been working on a couple different things and it takes a little bit to get it going. They are starting to get a good understanding of the system we put in.”
North Penn quarterback Austin Shearer looks for a receiver during Friday’s non-league, season-opener against La Salle