La Salle blanks Crusaders
The La Salle boys soccer team generated constant pressure and consistent scoring throughoutI as the bxplorers earned a 4-M win on a windy Thursday afternoon at Lansdale Catholic.
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The bxplorers doubled the lead to O-M on a goal by AnGUHZ 6FKLHvHO MuVW EHIRUH halftime. The Crusaders were persistent with their plan.
“We just wanted to try and possess the ballI try to work it in from the outside and stretch this team outI and try to get some through balls into the middleI” Crusaders coach Joe Wilson said.
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Another goal by Grasela and a score by Jack Dusing put the game away in the second half for La SalleI which raised its re- cord to 14-O-1I including a 1M-1 mark in the PCL.
The Class AA CrusadersI who are in the midst of three games against top-notch AAA squadsI fell to R-R-1 in the league. With a playoff spot already securedI the Crusaders will next face Archbishop Ryan under the lights on Tuesday at Ryan as the regular season winds down.
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