Perk Val­ley blanks Phoenixville, 1-0

The Phoenix - - LOCAL NEWS -

Through­out the week, the Perkiomen Val­ley boys soc­cer teamhad been keep­ing an eye on the Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence stand­ings.

No doubt, they had Wed­nes­day’s di­vi­sional cross­over game against pre­vi­ously un­beaten Phoenixville cir­cled on the cal­en­dar.

A quick strike fromMike Weir in the early go­ing fol­lowed by a steady game­l­ong de­fen­sive show­ing­was key to the Vik­ings’ 1-0 win over the vis­it­ing Phan­toms.

“We knew we were go­ing up against a good team,” said Perk Val­ley head coach BobMcCabe. “They weren’t 7-0-1 by mis­take, so we wanted to come out the first five min­utes and es­tab­lish that we weren’t just gonna sit in our own end the whole time and let them just pep­per us.”

That ap­proach was su­per­charged within the first minute of reg­u­la­tion.

The Perkiomen Val­ley de­fense picked off Phoenixville dur­ing the first minute, as the Vik­ings then worked the ball in front of the net be­foreWeir fin­ished a shot fromMax Chamorro for the game’s lone score just over a minute in.

“It all kind of went quickly,” said Weir of the goal, his fifth of the sea­son. “We’ve been go­ing back a lot on kick­offs, so we wanted to push for­ward. We had a good ball across and it just sort of landed in my path.

“That gets the boys fired up right from the start,” he added. “It tells the other team ‘We’re here to win.’”

The re­sult sends Perk Val­ley to 5-2 against PAC op­po­nents and 6-3 over­all while they re­main at 2-2 amid their di­vi­sion. The loss, Phoenixville’s first of the sea­son, drops the Phan­toms to 5-1 against PAC op­po­nents and 7-1-1 over­all, while they boast a 4-0 record in the Fron­tier Di­vi­sion.

For the game, Perk Val­ley put 10 shots on goal while lim­it­ing the Phan­toms to just seven. PV goal­keeper An­drewDauben­speck­made seven saves in goal for his fifth shutout of the sea­son — and the Vik­ings’ fourth 1-0 win so far this year.

“It would have been nice to salt this one away with a

THOMAS NASH - DIGITAL FIRST ME­DIA

Phoenixville’s Tyler Siefer (6) bat­tles for pos­ses­sion with Perkiomen Val­ley’s Mike Weir (10) dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s game.

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