Cru­saders top­ple O’Hara

Souderton Independent - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter

With an of­fense in­tent on tak­ing bet­ter ad­van­tage of its scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, the Lans­dale Catholic boys soc­cer team earned a 5-1 win over Philadel­phia Catholic League ri­val Car­di­nal O’Hara Tues­day af­ter­noon.

“(Fin­ish­ing) has been our weak­ness,” Cru­saders coach Joe Wil­son said. “Ev­ery game we played in this year, we con­trolled the game 80 per­cent of the time but we hadn’t been DEOH WR fiQLsK. WH ZRrkHG on it, and hope it con­tin­ues to move along.”

Two goals by Michael Lewis helped the Cru­saders get to their sec­ond-high­est scor­ing out­put of the sea­son, as they im­proved to 2-3 in the PCL and 5-4-1 over­all.

“Michael had an ex­cel­lent game,” Wil­son said. “He’s been work­ing very hard and he’s been key in ap­ply­ing pres­sure and also get­ting as­sists.”

Lewis moved into dou­ble dig­its for scor­ing this fall, notch­ing his ninth and 10th goals of the sea­son.

He broke the score­less tie about eight min­utes into the con­test, con­vert­ing on a pass from John Me­chiorie. James Sw­eriduk scored unas­sisted to boost the mar­gin to 2-0 by half­time.

O’Hara, in the midst of a re­build­ing sea­son, was un­able to keep LC out of its end. The Cru­saders won their sec­ond in a row with con­stant pres­sure, and an­other goal by Lewis shortly af­ter the break ex­tended the Cru­saders’ lead to 3-0.

Goals by John Pic­cini and Chris Quasti gave LC a 5-0 lead with 17 min­utes to play, and with about 15 left, Matt Spurrier scored to break the shutout for O’Hara.

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