Soud­er­ton ral­lies past Rad­nor in OT

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By An­drew Marcus

A foul just out­side the box re­sulted in a di­rect kick for Rad­nor 30 min­utes into the Class AAAA Dis­trict One play­off game. The set piece strike gave the Soud­er­ton boys’ soc­cer team a chance to feel what it was like to have an un­der­dog on the top.

Af­ter years of pulling their own up­sets in the post­sea­son the 13th-seeded In­di­ans needed to rally against the 20th-seeded Red Raiders if they wanted to ad­vance out of the first round on Tues­day.

If it meant the se­niors had to shake up their typ­i­cal for­ma­tion to do so, that is what they were go­ing to do. Se­niors Wil­son Gon­za­lez and Ryan Molyneaux each moved from their nor­mal po­si­tion to play for­ward and lead the charge.

“Ryan strug­gled a lit­tle bit tonight and he asked to move up top,” In­di­ans’ coach Tom Quin­tois said. “That was his call. He has led us all year and he was big for us tonight.”

Gon­za­lez scored in the 47th minute and Molyneaux made Alumni Field erupt with his game win­ning goal in over­time. The In­di­ans 2-1 win ad­vances them to Thurs­day where they will play fourth-seeded Con­estoga.

“We knew we had to move Gon­za­lez up tonight,” Quin­tois said. “He pro­duced and changed the game. We were not fazed at half­time. We knew what we had to do and we did it.”

Molyneaux has ex­celled all sea­son con­trol­ling play in the mid­field, but the cap­tain felt his ser­vices where needed in front of the net. The Red Raiders’ goalie se­nior Wes­ley Dick­son made eight saves, in­clud­ing two saves right be­fore Molyneaux slammed home the loose ball in the 94th minute.

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