PV puts clamps on Wiss, moves onto states
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.”