La Salle tops Roman, claims PCL title
After defeating such powerhouse teams as Conestoga, Garden City ENY), Gilman EMD) and most recently, Haverford, La Salle has been proving itself to be one of the top few teams in the area more and more every day.
The Explorers had something else to celebrate on Monday afternoon at La Salle College High School, as they defeated Philadelphia Catholic League counterpart Roman Catholic, N5-5, in a game which clinched the PCL for the Explorers for the second consecutive year.
La Salle sophomore Travis Miller led the Explorers, who improved to T- 0 in league play, with three goals while leading his team to the convincing victory.
“It felt great to win that and clinch our league,” Miller said. “We worked great as a team and we had a lot of good ball movement and a lot of good chemistry on this team. It just felt good to get out there with the team.”
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“I think what is big is that we got Sean Coleman back a couple weeks ago and he’s been the facilitator of our offense,” La Salle coach Bill Leahy said. “Not having him in there was tough.”
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When asked how far he believes his team could go this year, Leahy wasn’t selling his team short whatsoever with his expectations.
“The state championship – that’s our goal,” he said. “Number four for us.”