Kassak's goal with 25 minutes, 30 seconds remaining was the difference in a physical and emotional battle between the fierce rivals.
Moorestown, the No. 1 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings, improved to 1-0-1 both overall and in the division. No. 10 Delran fell to 1-2 and 1-1.
"We got a little too emotional at the end," said Delran JV coach Kevin Romanik, directing the team in place of veteran coach Mike Otto. "It's frustrating when you have one of those games when you can't finish, but you have to relax."
Otto was serving the first game of a two-game suspension.
Delran carried play through the first half and created several scoring opportunities behind strikers Doug Denny and Ryan Ferrira.
Bretschneider made two spectacular saves in the first half, both on point-blank shots.
"I thought we were very, very fortunate to be even" at halftime, Sutcliffe said. "Every time this team has needed [Bretschneider] to make a play, he's done it."
Moorestown finally broke through when Bretschneider made a save and quickly unleashed a punt that soared over most of the Delran defense. Kassak played the ball off one bounce and fired a shot into the left corner.
"I guess I have a knack for it," Bretschneider said of his assists. "It helps to have great strikers."
Delran continued to pressure, but Moorestown withstood the Bears attack with a tight defensive alignment.
The hard-fought game featured spirited battles for 50-50 balls and lots of contention over officials' calls. Four players received yellow cards.
"It's like the biggest game of the year," Bretschneider said of the Quakers' battle with the Bears. "It's all we've been talking about for the last week and all day in school. It's a huge rivalry."
Moorestown 0 1 – 1
Delran 0 0 – 0
Goal: M-Mike Kassak.
Saves: M-J.T. Bretschneider 11; D-Nick Stone 5.
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