PV puts clamps on Wiss, moves onto states

Springfield Sun - - SPORTS - By Barry Sankey For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

GRATERFORD » For the first time in school his­tory, the Perkiomen Val­ley High School boys soc­cer team has qual­i­fied for the PIAA state tour­na­ment.

The ninth-seeded Vik­ings achieved that feat with a 1-0 vic­tory over 11th-seeded Wissahickon Satur­day night at PV’S Thomas J. Keenan Sta­dium in the Dis­trict 1-4A fifth place, state-qual­i­fy­ing game.

Ju­nior mid­fielder Brian Love’s goal in the 71st minute, and se­nior goal­keeper An­drew Dauben­speck’s blank sheet, with the aid of his strong de­fense against the Tro­jans’ abun­dant pres­sure, high­lighted the Vik­ings’ ef­fort.

Love was as­sisted by ju­nior de­fender Brian Holmes on a kick from 30 yards out as he then found the net from the left side. The score came af­ter a pair of Perkiomen Val­ley cor­ner kick op­por­tu­ni­ties with ju­nior for­ward Max Chamorro putting the ball into play from the home side of the field.

Perkiomen Val­ley will en­ter the state play­offs, which start Tues­day. The Vik­ings will face Dis­trict 3 champ Hemp­field, a 3-0 win­ner over Cum­ber­land Val­ley.

“We get a lot of flack for how we play,” said Perkiomen Val­ley coach Bob Mccabe, who is in his 21st year at the helm of the Vik­ings. “But our de­fense is out­stand­ing and our goal­keeper. Those are our strengths, and we play to those.

“We are not gen­er­at­ing 20 chances. We are get­ting two, three or four. So we have to cap­i­tal­ize on one of those.”

With the vic­tory, PV es­tab­lished a new school record for wins (17) in a sin­gle sea­son as well as shutouts (13).

“They keep amaz­ing me,” said Mccabe, whose Vikes com­pete in the Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Lib­erty Di­vi­sion. “Our play is not the pret­ti­est, but it’s been work­ing.”

Mccabe noted that his team will not only rep­re­sent the school at states, but the en­tire PAC. He also felt his squad took ad­van­tage of its home grass field against the Tro­jans, whom he termed “a great team.”

Wissahickon coach Stu­art Mal­colm felt his team con­trolled play most of the game but just came up short in the fi­nal out­come.

“We had a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties down there,” said Mal­colm. “We worked to our striker all the time and took care of the back. They had a cou­ple of cor­ners, and the ball bounced for them. That is the name of the game. We have to ac­cept it. We had the ball most of the time, but they won the game. Credit to them.”

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