Pa. Boys: Tues. Pa. boys: Ryan takes down Prep

Posted: October 24, 2013

Visiting Archbishop Ryan made itself at home in Tuesday night's 2-1 victory over St. Joseph's Prep in the Catholic League boys' soccer playoffs. And for good reason.

The second-seeded Hawks technically hosted the seventh-seeded Raiders in the first-round match, despite the game being played at Ryan because of the lights the field provided. The result was a raucous crowd and a great game.

"We agreed to play it here because of the environment and the quality of the field," first-year Ryan coach Mike Bradby said.

"It was good soccer for both teams. It was a huge crowd, and you honestly couldn't tell who was pulling for which team. You could just tell that the kids loved playing in that atmosphere."

The game was knotted, 1-1, after regulation. Monte Guess launched a counter attack off a St. Joe's Prep corner, taking the ball 50 yards downfield before he found junior Joe Stock, who netted a breakaway goal to win it.

Despite the offensive heroics, Bradby was quick to heap praise on his goalie.

"Jarred Ott is the reason we won today," Bradby said. "He made 16 saves, and several off corner kicks and long throw-ins. He was there on the initial shot and the rebound."

Lansdale Catholic 3, La Salle 1 - The fifth-seeded Crusaders avenged last week's loss as they toppled the fourth-seeded hosts. La Salle won a game between the teams by a 2-1 final just six days ago.

With the game tied nearing halftime, Lansdale Catholic's Jake Saba ripped what coach Joe Wilson described as a "straight laser" to move the Crusaders in front.

The shot came on a free kick from 35 yards.

Wilson praised his team's resilience after it fell behind, 1-0, early in the game.

"Even being down, they stayed on the plan," Wilson said. "They recollected themselves and stayed in control the whole game. We regained our composure . . . and once we did that, we could feel the momentum lifting."

Roman Catholic 1, Archbishop Wood 0 - AJ Umile's overtime strike moved the host Cahillites, the third seeds, past the No. 6 Vikings. Roman's Mark Tobin made a diving save on a penalty kick in the 60th minute.

In Saturday's semifinal doubleheader at Ryan, the host Raiders will face Father Judge at 11 a.m. and Lansdale Catholic and Roman Catholic will play at 1 p.m.

District 1 Class AAA Soccer

Joel Klapper netted the winning goal in the 73d minute to move 10th-seeded Central Bucks West past No. 23 Radnor, 1-0 in a first-round playoff.

Klapper's strike from inside the box was assisted by fellow senior Stephen Warner. Redd Brown made three saves to earn his ninth shutout of the season.

West Chester Rustin 3, Strath Haven 2 - The No. 14-seeded Golden Knights scored two second-half goals to edge the No. 19 Panthers.

Ryan Fincher's free kick with eight minutes left took a bounce and found the net for the winner.

Conestoga 1, Perkiomen Valley 0 - Dave Zipkin tapped in what prove to be the winning goal in the 58th minute to lift the No. 20 seeds over the host, No. 13 Vikings.

Ridley 2, North Penn 1 - The No. 26-seeded Green Raiders won on the road, stunning the seventh-seeded Knights. Ridley advanced on penalty kicks, 5-4.


Junior Andrew Willner of Conestoga shot a 4-over-par 76 in the final round of the PIAA Class AAA state championship and was the highest local finisher at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center in York, Pa.

Willner's 76 brought his two-day total to a 7-over 149, good for second place overall.

Liam McAnally (Downingtown West), Sam Soeth (Marple Newtown), Brandon Vance (Methacton), and Kevin Conners (Bishop Shanahan) each placed in the top 10, earning medalist honors.

Roland Massimino, of New Hope-Solebury - grandson of the former Villanova basketball coach - fired a 73 for a two-day total of 145. The junior placed third in the Class AA tournament.


Spring-Ford's Cameron Simmons, a junior outfielder and righthanded pitcher, has committed to Virginia.

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