"We just battle," Eagles coach Steve Jakubowski said.
The Quakers held substantial advantages in time of possession and quality chances. They often looked more athletic and more polished, even as their sense of urgency increased.
But West Deptford buried a penalty kick in the 34th minute. And when the Quakers finally scored in the 56th minute, the Eagles responded less than three minutes later on a header by junior Cole Van Dorick.
"My teammate, Dylan Morgan, had a really nice cross and I just got up, saw the ball, and put it in the back of the net," Van Dorick said. "We just never got down; we're always keeping each other up. We always believe we can win."
As West Deptford's offense looked more settled, its defense, led by goalie Perry Corsetti (12 saves), played increasingly inspired soccer, particularly in the final minute with the Quakers pelting the Eagles with quality chances.
"It might not always be the prettiest thing in the world, but we never stop fighting," said Jakubowski, whose Eagles move on to play No. 6 Ocean City, which beat No. 11 Haddonfield, 1-0, in overtime. "We play as a team. And we play with toughness."
The Quakers entered this year as the preseason No. 1-ranked team by The Inquirer. They are the reigning South Jersey Group 3 champions and were the runners-up in last year's Coaches Tournament.
But Saturday's loss is a microcosm of the team's 2013 season. The Quakers played with intensity and energy, created multiple opportunities in which they were faced with wide-open looks directly in front of the net, but they just didn't finish.
"I'm really pleased with most of how we played," Moorestown coach Mike Sutcliffe said. "It's just really frustrating. But we still have the postseason."
Moorestown 0 1 – 1
West Deptford 1 1 – 2
Goals: M-Thomas Dovell; WD-Cole Van Dorick, RJ Eckley.
Saves: M-J.T. Bretschneider 5; WD-Perry Corsetti 12.