October 6, 2014 |
When teams built on strong goalkeeping, solid defenses, and aggressive offenses collide in soccer, their game can easily end in a draw. Consider the Catholic League boys' matchup of rivals Archbishop Wood and Father Judge on Saturday. In a battle for sole possession of second place in the league, the host Crusaders tied Wood, 1-1, through two overtimes. "It was a typical Catholic League game, tough and hard-nosed," Father Judge coach John Dunlop said. "We came out the first 20 minutes trying to execute our game plan, which I thought we were doing.
October 5, 2014 |
THE CITY'S all-time leader in receiving touchdowns was busy last night. La Salle High senior Jimmy Herron caught four more touchdowns as the Explorers overcame a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to stun previously unbeaten Archbishop Wood, 35-31, before an overflow crowd at William Tennent High. He now has 33 career receiving TDs. However, Herron isn't an all-he-does-is-catch-touchdowns wideout. The 6-1, 185-pound defensive back also recovered a late fumble and broke up Wood's last gasp on a fourth-and-15 from the 50 with under a minute remaining.
October 5, 2014 |
Archbishop Wood, with 333 rushing yards, led comfortably by 17 points late in the third quarter Friday night in its showdown against La Salle. That's when a near-certain win began to evaporate. The resilient Explorers, fueled by the spectacular play of Jimmy Herron and two turnovers, flipped the switch, scored three times in the final 12 minutes, and emerged with a 35-31 victory before an overflow crowd at William Tennent. "It's just great," La Salle coach Drew Gordon said while his players celebrated the improbable triumph.
October 2, 2014 |
Judging by the records alone, St. Joseph's Prep's 1-0 win over Archbishop Wood should have registered as a titanic soccer upset. In the Catholic League, they call that Tuesday. Michael Carr's breakaway goal late in the second half gave the Hawks the major victory they've been on the verge of all season. Andrew Magiera, who had come in as a substitute, made the pass to spring Carr. Francis Maniscalco had six saves. The Prep (3-3-4 overall, 3-2-1 league) had won just one of its previous seven games, but that doesn't tell the story.
September 30, 2014 |
The average annual gas price was $1.08. President Bill Clinton was embroiled in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. And the Eagles, under coach Ray Rhodes, went 3-13 and placed last in the NFC East. The year was 1998. It marks the last time Catholic League powerhouses La Salle and Archbishop Wood squared off on the gridiron. That 16-year break ends Friday night when the Vikings, undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, and the No. 2 Explorers meet at William Tennent for area bragging rights.
September 28, 2014
SOCCER CATHOLIC LEAGUE La Salle 2, Father Judge 1: The Explorers remained undefeated in league play after beating Judge, the No. 7 team in The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania rankings. The hosts scored twice in the first half, including James Hughes' first tally of the season. The junior center back headed in Sean Clinton's cross from the left side. Senior Clint Ormsby had nine saves for La Salle. Archbishop Wood 6, Bishop McDevitt 0: R.J. Liszewski's hat trick was enough for the No. 1 Vikings to stay undefeated.
September 28, 2014 |
THE START was inauspicious for Archbishop Wood until the young man who was one of the best-dressed 5-year-olds in West Oak Lane history jumped into action. It was a fourth-and-6 early in the first quarter against Archbishop Ryan when three penalties on their opening drive appeared to scuttle the Vikings' momentum. That is, until Jake Cooper took a direct snap on a fake punt and flared a pass to Gianni "G-Money" Cruel, who was uncovered in the middle of the field. After a quick juke and a burst of speed, Cruel capped off the subterfuge with a 48-yard touchdown.
September 27, 2014 |
Garnet Valley, which has rebounded nicely from an opening loss to Unionville, is considered by many the favorite to repeat as Central League football champion. But two others, Conestoga and Springfield, are strong contenders for top league honors. In a key matchup between unbeatens, the Pioneers (4-0 overall, 3-0 Central) will visit Springfield (4-0, 3-0) at 7 p.m. Friday. While averaging 30.5 points, Conestoga has been spurred on offense by quarterback Tim Miller, running backs Parke Schweiter and Corey Manning, and wide receiver Martin Dorsey.
September 24, 2014 |
Before he became the most dangerous player on Shipley's bench, Ronan Higgins was the most promising fan in Shipley's crowd. But coach Thom Schauerman always hoped Higgins would follow in his older brother Conor's footsteps and suit up for the Gators boys' soccer team. So far, the younger Higgins has been everything his coach envisioned. On Monday afternoon, the freshman headed home Ian Hamilton's corner kick with 18 seconds remaining in double overtime to send the host Gators to a 2-1 nonleague victory over Roman Catholic.