Upper Dublin blanks Springfield
Upper Dublin’s boys’ soccer team didn’t waste much time in celebrating its Senior Night, having the ceremonies just a few weeks into the season. And after honoring all of the seniors on the roster, the Cardinals wasted little time in making sure they had something else to celebrate.
Though it was a night to honor the seniors, three different juniors scored goals for the Cardinals in the game’s opening 31 minutes and helped them to a 4-0 win over 6SULQJfielG LQ D 6ubuUbDQ 2Qe American Conference matchuS DW 8SSeU DublLQ HLJh School on tednesday night.
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“It was a great win to come out with on Senior Night,” Upper Dublin coach Rick Schmidt said.
Roughly 13 minutes into the contest, Upper Dublin’s Tyler thitehead was fed with a perfect pass to the left of the box, where he sent the ball to wac Arnold, who scored out of midair to put the Cardinals up 1-0.
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“It was great to see them not let up,” Schmidt said. “This was one of the fastest games I’ve seen them play all season and they just kept it up the whole time. It was really fun to watch. And the seniors are great. They’re anchoring this team, they all work together from top to bottom and I think they’re leading the way while still including the other grades. There is a level of cohesion that is really nice to see right now.”
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“It was a great turnout tonight and the support of our fans was great,” he said. “te’re looking forward to that for the rest of the season.”
Upper Dublin junior goalkeeper Scott texler wasn’t tested much, stopping the only shot he faced in the shutout effort. Axel stopped seven shots in net for SpringfielG ZhLle WDNLQJ Whe lRss.
tith the comfortable lead, Schmidt was able to play his substitutes and younger players for much of the second half.
The win moves Upper Dublin to an impressive 4-1 in league play, with a home meeting with mlymouth thitemarsh next on the schedule.
“te’re a game down in the league, so we’re not where I want to be, but these guys are coming together and they have potential to get there.”
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Upper Dublin’s Michael Connelly gets a header between Springfield’s Tenzin Wangyal and Peter Trueman.