Souderton upsets Conestoga in PKS
7yOHU AIflHUbDFK PDdH D pair of saves and the 13thseeded Souderton boys soccer team upset defending District One and PIAA champion No. 4 Conestoga 4-3 on penalty kicks in the district Class AAA second round Thursday night at Conestoga’s Teamer Field.
“We beat the state cham- pions,” Indians coach Tom nuintois said. “And that’s a really good, well-coached team. And that’s a team, it’s fantastic to win that game. I’m so proud of my guys. No words can explain how happy we are.”
After the 80 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime ended with the teams deadlocked 1-1, AfflHUbDFK RSHQHd WKH VKRRWout with a save on Andrew GRQzDOHz. 7KHQ ZLWK WKH teams knotted at 3-3 in the fiIWK URuQd RI 3.V, WKH VHnior keeper denied Sean Tait. With the chance to give Souderton the victory, Nick 6WuOb bHDW BURdy 6FKRfiHOd, sending the Indians to the dLVWULFW TuDUWHUfiQDOV IRU WKH second straight season.
“I love it. It’s what I live IRU,” VDLd AIflHUbDFK RI WKH shootout. “I walked back to my guys and said, ‘This is what I live for, it’s my specialty.’ And I love it. It’s great.”
Souderton advances to face No. 5 Downingtown West at West Saturday in the quarters, with the winner earning one of District One’s fivH VWDWH bLdV. DRZQLQJtown West shut out No. 21 Kennett 3-0 Thursday.
“It’s going to be interesting. It’s a great run that we’re on,” nuintois said. “We’ve been here before. We’re looking forward to this next challenge, Down- ingtown West.”
For the Pioneers, the defense of their district and state Class AAA titles ends after just one postseason game, as they had a bye in WKH fiUVW URuQd. CRQHVWRJD KDd PDdH WKH dLVWULFW fiQDO the past two seasons.
“I think all the credit has to go to Souderton,” Pioneers coach David Zimmerman said. “We knew they
were good. We felt being at home, them having to travel, they had to play on Tuesday, we felt we had the edge. But, they fought back. I thought we had the 1-0 and we couldn’t hold it.”
AIWHU D VFRUHOHVV fiUVW KDOI, Conestoga took a 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the second, as Dave Zipkin got some free space near the top of the box and let loose a shot into the left side of the goal at 37:19.
“Kid was 17, 18 (yards) out, he made a really nice move on (-HII) :ROI,” AIflHUEDFK VDLG. “Nothing he can do, it was a really good move to create space and he just hit a rip.
Souderton, however, tied the game at 14:18 when Wilson Gonzalez ran into the box on a ball played by Ryan Molyneaux and buried it into the back of the net.
“I saw the cross, Ryan made D UXQ DQG KH flLFNHG LW. AQG , just waited until the last second to put it in the net,” Gonzalez said.