Up­per Dublin blanks Spring­field

The Ambler Gazette - - SPORTS - By Mike Prince

Up­per Dublin’s boys’ soc­cer team didn’t waste much time in cel­e­brat­ing its Se­nior Night, hav­ing the cer­e­monies just a few weeks into the sea­son. And af­ter hon­or­ing all of the se­niors on the ros­ter, the Car­di­nals wasted lit­tle time in mak­ing sure they had some­thing else to cel­e­brate.

Though it was a night to honor the se­niors, three dif­fer­ent ju­niors scored goals for the Car­di­nals in the game’s open­ing 31 min­utes and helped them to a 4-0 win over 6SULQJ­fielG LQ D 6ubuUbDQ 2Qe Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence matchuS DW 8SSeU DublLQ HLJh School on ted­nes­day night.

2Q D veUy PLlG QLJhW DQG while play­ing in front of a very siz­able crowd un­der the lights, Up­per Dublin’s of­fense took over from the very start, dom­i­nat­ing ball pos­ses­sion for nearly the eQWLUe fiUsW hDlI, FDSLWDlLzLQJ three sep­a­rate times.

“It was a great win to come out with on Se­nior Night,” Up­per Dublin coach Rick Sch­midt said.

Roughly 13 min­utes into the con­test, Up­per Dublin’s Tyler thite­head was fed with a per­fect pass to the left of the box, where he sent the ball to wac Arnold, who scored out of midair to put the Car­di­nals up 1-0.

Less than two min­utes later, Up­per Dublin’s John Roos took a pass from thite­head DQG beDW 6SULQJ­fielG JRDl­keeper Colin Axel to put the Car­di­nals up 2-0. In the 31st PLQuWe, Alex BURZQGRUI WRRN a per­fect pass from Dan Dem­chick and chipped it in to the right cor­ner of the net for a 3-0 Up­per Dublin lead.

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“te didn’t pos­sess the ball well and do well of­fen­sively, which is some­thing I thought we’ve been good at Dll yeDU,” 6SULQJ­fielG FRDFh Dan Meder said. “They had trou­ble get­ting the ball up- fielG DQG hRlGLQJ RQWR Whe ball and I don’t know if it was not be­ing used to play­ing on the turf or be­ing ner­vous as a team, but they just didn’t re­act well.”

tith the game not in GRubW, Whe CDUGLQDls (5-1, 4-1) FDPe RuW LQ Whe seFRQG half and con­tin­ued to con­trol the tempo and keep the ball in the Spar­tans’ end for the ma­jor­ity of the half. Up­per Dublin did add a sec­ond half goal, as se­nior Michael Con­nelly scored in the 62nd minute to put the Car­di­nals up 4-0 and cap the scor­ing.

“It was great to see them not let up,” Sch­midt said. “This was one of the fastest games I’ve seen them play all sea­son and they just kept it up the whole time. It was re­ally fun to watch. And the se­niors are great. They’re an­chor­ing this team, they all work to­gether from top to bot­tom and I think they’re lead­ing the way while still in­clud­ing the other grades. There is a level of co­he­sion that is re­ally nice to see right now.”

:hLWe­heDG, ZhR fiQLsheG with the two as­sists, was happy of the turnout that the Up­per Dublin fans had on ted­nes­day.

“It was a great turnout tonight and the sup­port of our fans was great,” he said. “te’re look­ing for­ward to that for the rest of the sea­son.”

Up­per Dublin ju­nior goal­keeper Scott texler wasn’t tested much, stop­ping the only shot he faced in the shutout ef­fort. Axel stopped seven shots in net for Spring­fielG ZhLle WDNLQJ Whe lRss.

tith the com­fort­able lead, Sch­midt was able to play his sub­sti­tutes and younger play­ers for much of the sec­ond half.

The win moves Up­per Dublin to an im­pres­sive 4-1 in league play, with a home meet­ing with mly­mouth thitemarsh next on the sched­ule.

“te’re a game down in the league, so we’re not where I want to be, but these guys are com­ing to­gether and they have po­ten­tial to get there.”

6SULQJ­fielG lRRNs WR JeW back in the win col­umn and re­bound when it hosts Up­per More­land on Fri­day.

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Up­per Dublin’s Michael Con­nelly gets a header be­tween Spring­field’s Ten­zin Wangyal and Peter True­man.

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