Routine helps C.B. South's Weigner

Goalkeeper Matt Weigner, in action last year against Souderton, has led C.B. South to six wins in its last seven games.
Goalkeeper Matt Weigner, in action last year against Souderton, has led C.B. South to six wins in its last seven games. (RON CORTES / Staff)
Posted: October 10, 2013

Before the whistle blows and the ball is kicked off to start the game, Matt Weigner walks to the goal area, kisses his glove, and touches the crossbar.

The senior goalkeeper for Central Bucks South then takes a couple of steps inside the 6-yard line, making sure to check the field before settling in and thanking God.

This is Weigner's routine before minding the net for the Titans, a sequence that has become second nature to the three-year starter.

As many goalies are, Weigner is superstitious, and this routine is one thing he can control, even when the events on the soccer field aren't going the way he would like.

Early on this season, that's exactly the situation in which he found himself.

The Titans (8-5 overall, 5-4 Suburban One Continental) started the season 2-4, a frustrating stretch for Weigner, one of only three starters returning from last year's Continental-championship squad.

Three of the losses were to league opponents. Worse yet, all came by a single goal.

"It was tough because we have a lot of young guys on the roster. There are only a few returning varsity players," Weigner said. "We are just trying to find our chemistry, and now we are hitting midseason form, which is looking a little bit better for us."

Now winners of six of their last seven, the Titans have recorded three straight shutouts, thanks to strong goalkeeping and a defense that has found its groove.

Weigner said he sees his squad getting stronger every game, especially the back line, adding that he has been impressed with the way the sophomores have stepped up.

"You have to go in with confidence and lead your team from the back," Weigner said.

"I'm a bit more experienced," he added. "With winning the conference [last season], now we know what to expect."

The Titans have five games remaining in the regular season, all against Continental opponents. At only two games behind conference leader Central Bucks East, South could defend its title in a showdown with the Patriots in the final game of the season.

In each of those games, Weigner will kiss his glove, touch the crossbar, and get acclimated to his box.

But he won't just be going through the motions of a routine, afraid of breaking superstition. No, Weigner has a bit more of a swagger in his walk these days.


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