Southeastern Pa. boys' soccer notes

Posted: September 19, 2012

The Great Valley boys' soccer team started the season with a 1-0 upset of the defending state champion, Conestoga. The win made a statement, especially because the Pioneers had beaten Great Valley by one goal in the each of the past two seasons.

But after the big victory, Patriots coach Dave Moffett was adamant about taking the season one game at a time.

Since then, the Patriots have played four more games, and they've recorded four more shutouts.

"We are improving in some areas and trying to prove ourselves," Moffett said. "That's the fight with high school kids and young athletes. They start looking ahead and thinking ahead too much. As a coach, I have to remind them they have to go out and perform the next night."

The Patriots haven't just been winning but also winning decisively. They have outscored their five opponents, 12-0.

"If a goal comes against us, a goal comes against us, which we know inevitably it will," Moffett said. "It's not a focus. Yes, we want to play great team defense and try to get a shutout every game, but we know [allowing a goal] is inevitable in the game, so we have tried to mentally prepare for when that does.

"We've talked about it," Moffett added. "All that matters is the team and the team getting the win. However it happens, it doesn't matter."

Six players have scored goals for the Patriots this season, and that trend encourages Moffett.

On defense, junior Jay Nunez has stepped up as the holding midfielder, winning balls in the air and shutting down the opposing team. Nunez filled the role after senior Tyler Wellener suffered a sprained ankle early in the season. Wellener hopes to start running by the end of this week.

The Patriots, 5-0 overall and 3-0 in league play, are tied atop the Ches-Mont League with West Chester Rustin. The two will face off Sept. 27 at Great Valley.

Harriton's strong start. Through five games this season, Harriton has outscored opponents, 25-1. In four games, the Rams have scored five or more goals, including an 8-0 victory over Academy Park.

The Aoyama brothers, Justin and Jansen, have provided much of the offense, with one or both scoring in four of the five games. Jansen Aoyama, a sophomore, has seven goals, and Justin Aoyama, a senior, has three.

Freshman Cody Wax also has been a factor for Harriton, scoring three goals this season, including the winner in the season opener against Phoenixville.

Junior goalkeeper Sam Blumenthal recorded shutouts in the first four games.

The stellar start is a contrast to last season, when the Rams started 0-3 during an 11-6-1 season.

Tied with Conestoga atop the Central League, the Rams (5-0, 2-0) will face the Pioneers on Saturday in one of eight straight league games for Harriton.

Suburban One. Almost three weeks into the season, it looks as if the Suburban One League's Continental Division is going to be a dogfight.

Three teams are atop the division with 3-1 records - Central Bucks South, Souderton, and Central Bucks West - and Central Bucks East and North Penn are one game back.

C.B. South and C.B. West will play each other Wednesday during a stretch of three straight league games for South. The Titans will host Souderton on Saturday, followed by a Monday matchup at C.B. East.

Among the three teams tied for first, it's anybody's to win, as C.B. West defeated C.B. East, 1-0, early in the season but lost to Souderton, 3-0. As for Souderton, it defeated West but lost to East, 1-0.

C.B. South's conference loss was to North Penn.


Contact Kate Harman at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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