La Salle blanks Cru­saders

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter khunter@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

The La Salle boys soc­cer team gen­er­ated con­stant pres­sure and con­sis­tent scor­ing through­outI as the bx­plor­ers earned a 4-M win on a windy Thurs­day af­ter­noon at Lans­dale Catholic.

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“That’s what we were try­ing to do — get up on them quickI and I think we started to set­tle downI” Grasela said.

The bx­plor­ers dou­bled the lead to O-M on a goal by AnGUHZ 6FKLHvHO MuVW EHIRUH half­time. The Cru­saders were per­sis­tent with their plan.

“We just wanted to try and pos­sess the ballI try to work it in from the out­side and stretch this team outI and try to get some through balls into the mid­dleI” Cru­saders coach Joe Wil­son said.

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An­other goal by Grasela and a score by Jack Dus­ing put the game away in the sec­ond half for La SalleI which raised its re- cord to 14-O-1I in­clud­ing a 1M-1 mark in the PCL.

The Class AA Cru­sadersI who are in the midst of three games against top-notch AAA squadsI fell to R-R-1 in the league. With a play­off spot al­ready se­curedI the Cru­saders will next face Arch­bishop Ryan un­der the lights on Tues­day at Ryan as the reg­u­lar sea­son winds down.

A lineup that in­cludes a half dozen se­niors in Bobby hellyI Matt HullI Dan McMe­nam­inI wach NeriI Chris nu­asti and goalie Alex Downey will look WR WKULvH LQ WKH uQGHUGRJ UROH and make a deep push into the post­sea­son.

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