Car­di­nals earn vic­tory over PW

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Tom Ker­rane

When it rains, it poursK bven though it did not start to rain real hard on the fiHOG unWLO ODWH Ln WKH fiUsW half, Up­per Dublin High made it seem to Ply­mouth Whitemarsh as if the skies had opened up in the mid­dle of the halfK

The Car­di­nals scored three JRDOs Ln OHss WKDn fiYH PLnutes, from the 19th minute to the 23rd minute, to take com­mand of Mon­day’s soggy boys soc­cer match as Up­per Dublin pulled away to a 5-1 vic­tory in an im­por­tant Subur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence bat­tleK

Up­per Dublin is now 101-2 in the con­fer­ence (121-2 over­all) as it chases Wis­sahickon at the top of the league stand­ingsK The Colo­nials (T-4-2 league, T-T-2 over­all) are chas­ing the CardsK Both teams had earned a tie against the Tro- jans over the past two weeksK

Up­per Dublin was able to take care of busi­ness Mon­day, pro­vid­ing the team with some sep­a­ra­tion in the standLnJs DW WKH sWDUW RI WKH finDO week of the reg­u­lar sea­sonK

“It is a real im­por­tant win,” said Michael Con­nelly, who fed Dan Dem­chick in the 19th minute to get the scor­ing started, then put his goal in at the 23-minute mark for a 3-0 leadK “vou know they wanted to come out and show who they areK

“We needed this win to stay on top of things and keep our mo­men­tum go­ingK”

The Cards will com­plete their league sea­son by host­ing Up­per Me­rion on Wed­nes­day, then play a non­league match with Hat­boroHor­sham on Fri­day be­fore await­ing Sun­day’s Dis­trict One seed­ing meet­ingK

Last year, seed­ing day was a dev­as­tat­ing blow to Up­per DuEOLn, wKLFK finLsKHG WKH year at 11-5-1 yet did not re-

ceive a post­sea­son bid.

This year, the Cards have been mo­ti­vated to erase any doubt in the seed­ing com­mit­tee’s minds that they be­long in the Class AAA play­off tour­na­ment, which be­gins next Tues­day.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant IRU uV WR finLVh RuW WhH ODVW few games,” rp­per Dublin coach Rick Sch­midt said. “A lot of these guys were here last year, they re­mem­ber what it was like last year and re­mem­ber where we were, then look at this year.

“We learned last year you can’t count on any­thing. We have to do ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing we can to keep push­ing all the way.”

Dem­chick started the scor­ing and John Roos dou­bled the lead 70 sec­onds later. Con­nelly ended the suc­ces­sion of three goals, but rp­per Dublin would go up, 4-0, with three min­utes to play in the fiUVW hDOI whHn 7yOHU WhLWH­head’s long kick was put in by Glenn sanOr­den.

By now, not only the Colo­nials thought it was pour­ing. The rain was fall­ing hard on the turf at PW. The Colo­nials got on the board with a minute left in the half as Conor Moore made it 4-1 at the in­ter­mis­sion, whHn HYHUyRnH Rn WhH fiHOG headed for cover.

Brian Schae­fer added a goal late in the sec­ond half to close out rp­per Dublin’s scor­ing. By now, even the rain had slowed down some.

“Con­di­tions-wise, in this kind of sit­u­a­tion, you have no idea what’s go­ing to hap­pen,” Sch­midt said. “You’ve got to get out in front. Those three we had in rapid suc­ces­sion, that SuW WhH FRn­fiGHnFH bDFk Rn WhH fiHOG WhDW wH’UH whHUH we need to be. You have to play the con­di­tions.”

The Cards are well aware about deal­ing with ad­verse con­di­tions late in the sea- son.

“Last year was real frus­trat­ing,” Con­nelly said of not mak­ing the dis­trict playoffs. “Most of us were here. We don’t want that to hap­pen again. We want to make playoffs.

“We’re try­ing to do as well as we can at the end of the year.”

The team’s goal all sea­son has been to not al­low last year’s omis­sion to be re­peated this fall. Mon­day’s de­ci­sive vic­tory over its near­est pur­suer in the league was a big step to­ward that end for rp­per Dublin.

The Cards are hop­ing to keep it pour­ing un­til Sun­day’s meet­ing.

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