In the moment, it appeared as if Conestoga was going to tie it, sending the game to overtime. Instead, Fuydal got his head on it as the ball was approaching the goal line.
Fuydal had a much more harmonious reunion with the game ball afterward, when goalkeeping coach Dave Papalia awarded it to him.
"Jon was just incredible," said Patriots coach Dave Moffett, whose team improved to 24-0.
"You just shake your head," Moffett added. "All season, he has been doing that for us."
The remarkable save wasn't the only big-time stop of the contest, as Fuydal stopped a Conestoga shot point-blank with about a minute remaining in the first half.
Fuydal was quick to point out that he was able to be in position to make those saves because of the Patriots around him, highlighting Kyle Hoops, Michael Sprinkel, Jay Nunez, and Jake Miller.
The 15th clean sheet for Great Valley this season was a tight matchup, with the Patriots and Pioneers (18-6-1) pressing hard in the midfield.
Great Valley put up the lone score on an own goal off a corner kick in the 42d minute.
"It's definitely a lot more comforting when you get a 1-0 lead because then you relax and let things fall into place," Fuydal said.
"You could sense they were getting nervous after that."
Great Valley will look to increase its winning streak to 25 games Tuesday in the state semifinals, when the Patriots face Conestoga Valley, which bounced West Chester Rustin in a quarterfinal Saturday night.
For one, Fuydal couldn't exactly put into words his excitement.
"I don't even believe it, but that's our record, right?" Fuydal said.
Conestoga 0 0 – 0
Great Valley 0 1 – 1
Goal: GV-own goal.
Saves: C-Will Smith 3; GV-Jon Fuydal 7.