Rustin surprises Father Judge

Father Judge's Joey Malvestuto heads the ball over West Chester Rustin's Brandon Garcia.
Father Judge's Joey Malvestuto heads the ball over West Chester Rustin's Brandon Garcia. (DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer)
Posted: November 07, 2013

Matt Smith played the second half five minutes at a time.

The senior right back for West Chester Rustin knew he couldn't think too far ahead with his team's opponent in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA state boys' soccer tournament, Father Judge, The Inquirer's top-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania. So as the clock went from 40 minutes to 35 to 30, he breathed a little sigh of relief. Not too heavy a sigh, though - he had too much work to do.

Five minutes closer to a win, he thought to himself. Five minutes closer.

Eventually, time elapsed and Smith no longer had to count down, as the Golden Knights won the program's first state game, defeating the heavily favored Crusaders, 1-0, Tuesday night at Northeast.

Rustin advanced to play Conestoga Valley in Saturday's quarterfinals at a time and place to be determined.

"We're not supposed to be here," Smith said. "No one expects us to be here, to win any of these games."

Senior midfielder Jay Ringer, who scored the only goal, echoed the thought.

"So many people doubted us," Ringer said. "Even we had doubts, to be honest."

There was no doubting the play of the Rustin defense on Tuesday.

Time and time again, the Golden Knights stopped the Judge pressure. Whether it was a play that started in the midfield or out on the flank, the Knights (17-6) quelled the offensive spurt.

A flick onto a flashing Judge forward? Rustin had it.

A low and hard shot? The ball didn't even reach the goalkeeper.

"We were fit, we were ready to go, and we got off that bus ready to play," Smith said. "It's unbelievable."

Ringer scored in the 26th minute after Chase Morgan sent a ball through to Chris Boyd. It was the only defensive breakdown Judge (20-2) - the Catholic League and District 12 champion - had all game.

But it was all the Knights - the fourth seed out of District 1 - needed.

Ringer won the 50-50 ball and stuck his toe out, sending the ball into the back of the net.

"The goal was right there," Ringer said.

"I'm going to score if I have the chance."

West Chester Rustin 1 0 – 1

Father Judge 0 0 – 0

Goal: WCR-Jay Ringer.

Saves: WCR-Justin Davis 4; FJ-Daniel Sulpizio 2.


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