Souderton rallies past Radnor in OT
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.”
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“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.”
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“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.”