Soud­er­ton up­sets Con­estoga in PKS

Souderton Independent - - OPINION - By Mike Cabrey

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.

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