Mag­dalin­ski leads Tro­jans past Spring­field (D)

The Ambler Gazette - - LETTERS - By Mike Prince

Af­ter tak­ing the Subur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence Ey sWRrP, finLsKLnJ ZLWK Dn un­de­feated league record, and fol­low­ing a 15-game unEHDWHn sWrHDN WR finLsK WKH sea­son, Wis­sahickon’s boys’ soc­cer team started its run at a dis­trict ti­tle on Tues­day.

And af­ter a meet­ing with 6SrLnJ­fiHOG-DHOFR, WKH 7rR­jans are one step closer to reach­ing that goal.

Wis­sahickon ju­nior Pat Mag­dalin­ski scored late Ln WKH firsW KDOI, JLYLnJ WKH Tro­jans all the of­fense they would need in a 1-0 win over the Cougars in a Dis­trict One CODss AAA firsW rRunG SODy­off at Wis­sahickon eigh School.

Mag­dalin­ski headed a shot into the back of the net fol- low­ing an ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful and per­fect cross from sopho­more Shane Fallen from the left cor­ner, putting the ninth-seeded Tro­jans (15-1-2) up 1-0 in the game’s 30th minute.

“ft was a beau­ti­ful ball by 6KDnH ()DOOHn) DnG Py firsW thoughts when the ball was in the air was to just get it in the back of the net and that’s what put us ahead,” Mag­dalin­ski said.

Af­ter be­ing able to con­trol the tempo for the re­main­der of the con­test, Wis­sahickon cruised to the vic­tory, mark­ing the 16th con­sec­u­tive game in which the Tro­jans have come out with at least a tie.

“This un­beaten streak gave us a lot of mo­men­tum go­ing into the playoffs,” Mag­dalin­ski said, “and it

will continue to give us a lot of mo­men­tum. It makes us a bet­ter team.”

The Tro­jans are 14-0-2 dur­ing their 16-game un­beaten streak, which ex­tends all the way back to the third game of the sea­son af­ter Wis­sahickon dropped its sec­ond game for its only loss of the year.

While the Wis­sahickon of­fense did its job in Tues­day’s PHHWLQJ wLWK 6SULQJ­fiHOG, ju­nior goal­keeper Neal Guaglianone kept the 24th-seed- ed Cougars (8-8-1) off the score­board, stop­ping three shots while earn­ing the win.

“De­fense has been the strength of this team,” Wis­sahickon coach Stu­art Mal­colm said. “Not just de­fense, but WHDP GHIHQVH DOO RvHU WKH fiHOG. :H WUy WR PDNH LW GLI­fiFuOW IRU the other team to cre­ate stuff and get be­hind us. We wanted WR OLPLW 6SULQJ­fiHOG’V WKURwV as much as pos­si­ble from what we read about them and we did a good job of that by push­ing and play­ing a good por­tion of the game in their KDOI RI WKH fiHOG. , WKRuJKW our de­fense did a real nice job han­dling them.”

7KH 7URMDQV fiQLVKHG wLWK seven shots on goal to three for the Cougars.

The vic­tory moved Wis­sahickon to the sec­ond round of dis­tricts where it will play in the win­ner of Tues­day’s meet­ing be­tween Cen­tral Bucks East and Avon Grove.

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