Ches-Mont soccer showdown goes to Rustin

Posted: September 28, 2012

The opposing coach called the goal "tremendous" and "unstoppable," and his own coach called it "brilliant."

You also could call it the game winner.

But Nick Rohleder couldn't even bring himself to call it the biggest goal he has ever scored.

Rohleder's first-half goal was the difference Thursday night in a matchup of unbeaten Ches-Mont League soccer sides, as West Chester Rustin defeated Great Valley, The Inquirer's third-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1-0.

"This is a huge game. It was worth a lot. We needed it, but I don't know if it is the biggest goal," Rohleder said.

"It is all about timing," Rohleder added. "How you put it in the back of the net is just placement and concentration. It all came together."

The goal by Rustin (9-0 overall, 6-0 league), scored with 17 minutes remaining in the first half, came off a defensive miscue by Great Valley (8-1, 6-1), when a bad touch was controlled by Rohleder.

The senior took a few touches and let a shot rip into an upper corner of the net.

It was only the second goal the Patriots have allowed all season.

"It was a very gritty game between two very good teams that are going to do well in districts," Rustin coach Dave Tordone said.

With the teams evenly matched, there was a playoff-like feel on the field, with every player battling for every ball. Four yellow cards were given out in the second half.

The Rustin defense, anchored by three seniors, shut down the Patriots in the last third of the field, and while the Patriots got off 17 shots, only eight were on frame. Zach Haines played a large role defensively for the Golden Knights, breaking up passes and making hard tackles.

"I thought we created a ton of chances," Great Valley coach Dave Moffett said. "We have to do a better job of finishing our chances. I think we put the pressure on and we were right there."

West Chester Rustin   1 0 – 1

Great Valley   0 0 – 0

Goal: Nick Rohleder.

Saves: WCR-Billy Lockfeld 8; GV-Hector Palos 5.


Contact Kate Harman at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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