Soud­er­ton ral­lies past Rad­nor in OT

Souderton Independent - - OPINION - By An­drew Marcus

A foul just out­side the box re­sulted in a di­rect kick for Rad­nor 30 min­utes into the Class AAAA Dis­trict One play­off game. The set piece strike gave the Soud­er­ton boys’ soc­cer team a chance to feel what it was like to have an un­der­dog on the top.

Af­ter years of pulling their own up­sets in the post­sea­son the 13th-seeded In­di­ans needed to rally against the 20th-seeded Red Raiders if they wanted WR DGvDQFH RuW RI WKH fiUVW round on Tues­day.

If it meant the se­niors had to shake up their typ­i­cal for­ma­tion to do so, that is what they were go­ing to do. Se­niors Wil­son Gon­za­lez and Ryan Molyneaux each moved from their nor­mal po­si­tion to play for­ward and lead the charge.

“Ryan strug­gled a lit­tle bit tonight and he asked to move up top,” In­di­ans’ coach Tom nuin­tois said. “That was his call. He has led us all year and he was big for us tonight.”

Gon­za­lez scored in the 47th minute and Molyneaux made Alumni Field erupt with his game win­ning goal in over­time. The In­di­ans 2-1 win ad­vances them to Thurs­day where they will play fourth-seeded Con­estoga.

“We knew we had to move Gon­za­lez up tonight,” nuin­tois said. “He pro­duced and changed the game. We were not fazed at half­time. We knew what we had to do and we did it.”

Molyneaux has ex­celled all sea­son con­trol­ling play iQ WKH PiG­fiHOG, EuW WKH FDS­tain felt his ser­vices where needed in front of the net. The Red Raiders’ goalie se­nior Wes­ley Dick­son made eight saves, in­clud­ing two saves right be­fore Molyneaux slammed home the loose ball in the 94th minute.

“They got a free kick, tran­si­tioned well, and made the most of it,” Red Raiders’ coach Joe Caruolo said. “Wes did well. He came out on a few crosses, punched it well, and did not give up many re­bounds. We com­peted.”

Wil­son Gon­za­lez can usu­ally be found play­ing right de­fen­sive back, where he uses his speed to chase down op­pos­ing de­fend­ers mak­ing their long runs. But with se­nior Matt Hay­den lost for the sea­son coach nuin­tois de­cided Gon­za­lez’ quick­ness was best served as the In­di­ans’ tar­get.

“It was some­thing new, some­thing spe­cial,” Gon­za­lez said. “I had to make the most it and I am thank­ful I did.”

GRQzDOHz VSHQW WKH fiUVW 20 min­utes at for­ward and then moved back to his usual po­si­tion. How­ever the se­nior was back up top at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond half when he put his team back into the game with the equal­izer.

“We worked very hard for this and it feels great to keep on go­ing with these guys,” Gon­za­lez said. “It feels great to have ev­ery­one’s sup­port. I think we have the team to be a top con­tender for the ti­tle.”

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