Late lev­eler earns Perk Val­ley draw with Spring-Ford

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Tucker Ba­gley

ROY­ERS­FORD >> Spring-Ford and Perkiomen Val­ley played 100 min­utes of soc­cer Mon­day night at Coach McNelly Sta­dium, but it wasn’t enough to de­ter­mine a vic­tor as the two ri­vals bat­tled to a 1-1 draw in a matchup of the Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Lib­erty Di­vi­sion un­beaten teams.

“I’m a lit­tle bit­ter,” Spring-Ford de­fender Ai­den Hudon ad­mit­ted. “We re­ally wanted to get a win tonight since we were play­ing at home.”

Colin Trainor fin­ished a Hudon free kick early in the con­test for Spring-Ford but PV’s Max Chamorro broke through with a late equal­izer in reg­u­la­tion to force over­time in the heated af­fair that re­sulted in three red cards and a 16-man shov­ing match.

Af­ter Mon­day night’s draw, both teams re­main un­de­feated in the PAC, with the 4-0-1 Rams hold­ing a slight edge over the 2-0-2 Vik­ings, but each coach knows they still have a long way to go, with their next meet­ing sched­uled to close out their con­fer­ence sched­ule.

“We haven’t beaten Spring-Ford in three years,” McCabe said. “Ob­vi­ously I wanted to win, but to come out of this with a tie is a step in the right di­rec­tion for our kids. I’m ex­cited to be able to play them at our place to end the sea­son.”

The Rams jumped out to a quick lead as Hudon found Trainor on a free kick and the ju­nior redi­rected the ball into the back of the net.

“Be­fore the game, Trainor was our big­gest pri­or­ity on de­fense,” Perk Val­ley head coach Bob McCabe said af­ter the game. “We knew he was their big­gest of­fen­sive weapon, but sure enough, he was able to get free and put us in a hole.”

Spring-Ford had a chance to ex­tend their lead just a few min­utes later, but Bran­don Duke missed a shot wide af­ter beat­ing the Perkiomen Val­ley goal­keeper.

Perkiomen Val­ley con­tin­ued to chase the elu­sive equal­izer into the sec­ond half when a throw-in gave them a qual­ity scor­ing op­por­tu­nity, but a bi­cy­cle kick was headed out of dan­ger by a SpringFord de­fender.

The Rams’ one-goal lead con­tin­ued to hold as the clock ticked into the 78th minute, but with un­der two min­utes re­main­ing, Vik­ings for­ward Chamorro gath­ered in a deep pass and sprinted around the Rams de­fense be­fore he de­posited the ball in the back of the net.

“Even as we fell a man down, we didn’t want to sur­ren­der an­other goal,” McCabe ex­plained. “We were fi­nally able to get a de­cent clear up to Max, who did the rest of the work.”

Nei­ther team could muster any de­cent scor­ing chances dur­ing the two over­time pe­ri­ods and the game fin­ished as a draw.

“I def­i­nitely thought we should’ve won,” Spring-Ford coach Brent Kis­sel said. “If we didn’t lose our heads and our fo­cus, we could’ve built on our lead and got­ten the vic­tory.”

A large shov­ing match high­lighted the phys­i­cal con­test that saw 5 yel­low cards along with the three reds be dealt to var­i­ous play­ers on both teams.

“I al­ways tell our kids this is a ri­valry game and they got a taste of that tonight,” Kis­sel added. “They saw how phys­i­cal these games can be and we now know what we have to do in order to re­main fo­cused and win.”

BARRY TAGLIEBER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Perkiomen Val­ley’s AJ Hansen (18) con­trols the ball as Spring-Ford’s Bran­don Duke pres­sures.

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