|| BOYS SOCCER NEWSLETTER 2017
LEAGUE SCORING LEADERS
All-League Teams Named
Seniors Ronan Higgins of Shipley and Isaac Myran of Germantown Friends led the list of players named to the 2017 All-League team. Higgins and Myran were named by the coaches as All-State and All-Southeast PA. Higgins also made his way onto the all-time FSL goal scoring leaders list (see below). Members of the All-League and Honorable Mention squads will compete against the Public League all-star team in an SPSCA all-star game at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 26th at the Proving Grounds, 725 Conshohocken Rd., Conshohocken, PA.
|Carson Lonner||Friends’ Central||11|
|Peter Ollie Frank||Moorestown Friends||11|
|Matt Dolente||Westtown School||11|
|Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor||George School||11|
|Ingram Dillingham||Friends’ Central||11|
|Pietro Berghella||Germantown Friends||12|
|Isaac Myran #||Germantown Friends||12|
|Phil Cavallo||George School||12|
|David Harvey||Germantown Friends||12|
|Sam Webber||Germantown Friends||11|
|Lucas McGrann||Friends’ Central||11|
|Ronan Higgins #||Shipley||12|
|Phil Evans||Moorestown Friends||12|
|Alex Reichard||Westtown School||11|
|Logan Hillegas||George School||12|
|Declan Durand||Academy of the New Church||12|
|Chakra Wade||Academy of the New Church||10|
|# ALL Southeast PA and all state|
|Jacob Sternberg-Sher||Germantown Friends||11|
|Nick Tuverson||Friends’ Central||12|
|Pierce Eldridge||Westtown School||12|
|Eric Yu||George School||11|
|Evan Schlotterbeck||Moorestown Friends||9|
|Astin Galanis||Moorestown Friends||9|
|Phil Sieg||Friends Select||12|
|Kai Haynes||Abington Friends||10|
FSL Boys’ Soccer All-time Leading Goal Scorers through 2017
Final League Scoring
Shipley Wins Championship; ANC Wins Quaker Cup
On October 31st Shipley topped visiting George School 4-1 to win their ninth title. The Gators jumped out to an early lead with a goal in the 6th minute. Sophomore defender Brian McDaid received a throw-in and lofted a seemingly innocuous ball into the area from about 25 yards out. However, what turned out to be a shot went through the hands of the Cougar keeper. Senior Nolan Hamilton got the assist on the throw. Despite a significant advantage in shots, the hosts could not increase their lead before half time. Within a minute of the start of play in the second half senior Ronan Higgins sent a through ball to junior Johnny Llenart who went one-on-one with the keeper and slid it under him. In the 66th minute Cougar senior Phil Cavallo was taken down in the area and converted from the spot to bring the visitors to within a goal. Just a minute later Shipley answered with Higgins again feeding Lenart. Shortly before the final whistle 8th grader Asher Lackman slid a ball to senior Griffin Gallagher who made no mistake. George School was attempting to match Moorestown’s 2016 run from 5th place to league champion, but were stymied by a Shipley squad which controlled much of the play and earned a well-deserved win.
The championship semifinal games were played on Saturday, October 28th. At Germantown it was deja vu all over again for the hosts who for the second year in a row played 100 scoreless semifinal minutes, only to lose in the penalty kick shootout. George School senior keeper Max Malovsky stopped 4 of 6 Tiger attempts form the penalty spot to lead the Cougars to a 3-2 penalty kick win. Malovsky also made a key double save midway through the first half to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard. The game was played end-to-end with good chances for both sides. The best chance was probably a hard low shot by Tigers junior Sam Webber that just missed the left post in the first overtime period.
Shipley and Friends’ Central played the other semifinal game at Baldwin as they ended the regular season with identical records and their regular season game ended in a tie. This time Shipley had the better of the play on the field and on the scoreboard, blanking the Phoenix 3-0. Higgins opened the scoring after 15 minutes when he knocked in a scrappy goal from 6 yards out after receiving a cross from classmate Emlyn Thorogood, who had initiated a sequence of passes to set up the cross. Higgins had earlier rattled both posts on a shot which threatened, but did not cross the goal line. Fifteen minutes later, freshman John Parsons converted a pass from Lenart to double the Gator advantage before the half. The final goal came in the second half when Higgins had a shot blocked by the Phoenix keeper, but was able to slide the ball across to classmate Ian McGrath who knocked it home. Seniors Kyle Blumenthal and Gerard Sweeney shared the shutout in goal.
The 4/5 first round playoff game was contested on Thursday, October 26th. Moorestown hosted George School and the visitors took home a 1-0 hard earned win. The game was scoreless until the 66th minute when Cougars’ junior Eric Yu beat two defenders and played a ball across to senior Logan Hillegas who finished from 6 yards out. The Foxes had a 16-6 shot advantage, but could not get anything past Malovsky who made 2 saves. The win moved George School into the semifinal round.
The Quaker Cup final was played at Westtown on Monday, October 30th. It was a back and forth game resembling game five of the World Series, just with fewer scores. ANC ended up on top 3-2, scoring first and last, with the hosts evening the score twice during the match. League leading scorer, sophomore Chakra Wade opened the scoring in the 8th minute assisted by junior Yates Pendelton. Just 6 minutes later Moose freshman Joe Lordi knotted the score when he finished a ball bouncing around in the 18. The 1-1 score held through halftime. In the 58th minute Wade was fouled in the box and senior Seamus Hogan converted the PK. Just 3 minutes after that a Westtown shot was saved and bounced to a Lion defender whose attempted clearance deflected off a teammate and into the back of the net for an own goal, 2-2. With 7 minutes remaining Wade rolled a square pass onto the run of Pendelton who netted the game-winner from inside the 18.
The Quaker Cup semifinals were played on Friday, October 27th. At Bryn Athyn, host ANC scored early and often (5 goals in the first 27 minutes) to top Friends Select 6-0. Wade scored the first goal in the 3rd minute and then tallied again in the 21st minute. Other goals came from Hogan, Pendelton, senior Declan Durand and sophomore George Boulajeris. Hogan and Durand contributed assists as did senior Gannon Blair (2) and sophomores Wil Vandergrift and Nandin Rhodes. Freshman Jacob Glenn was in goal for the shutout.
At Westtown, the hosts blanked visiting Abington 3-0 behind a strong effort from their young defensive back four and three saves by junior keeper Cianan Gamble. The hosts scored in the 15th minute on a combination by two freshmen, with Mack Moore feeding Lordi. Ten minutes later the Moose doubled their lead when senior Pierce Eldridge gave a through ball to junior Pau Bacells Sanchez who scored on a breakaway. The final goal was scored by junior Alex Reichard with an assist from sophomore Zak Burgess.
Germantown Clinches Top Seed
Week five of league play opened on Tuesday, October 17th with beautiful fall weather. Four games were contested with Friends Select drawing the bye. At ANC, the Lions scored three times in the first half and blanked Abington 3-0. Sophomore Chakra Wade scored two early goals (3rd and 20th minutes) to lead the way. Seniors David Closterman and Declan Durand provided the assists. In the 38th minute Closterman scored on a penalty kick to provide the final margin. Freshman keeper Jacob Glenn needed just one save for the shutout.
At Moorestown, the hosts scored once in the first half and added two more goals after the break to beat George School 3-0. In the 24th minute junior Brian Cronk converted a square pass from sophomore John Bernard, scoring high from 20 yards. Freshman Evan Schlotterbeck doubled the lead in the 64th minute with a solo effort. Cronk finished the scoring from in close in the 75th minute with an assist from freshman Astin Galanis. Senior Teddy Kinzler made one save for the shutout.
At Germantown a very spirited and entertaining game ended in a scoreless draw between the two undefeated league teams, GFS and Shipley. Both teams’ defenses were strong and met every challenge. Tiger senior center back Isaac Myran and Gator senior striker Ronan Higgins (FSL scoring leader) dueled throughout the game. GFS senior keeper Pietro Berghella made one particularly strong save late in regulation, leaping high to snare a ball before any Gator player could get to it. At the other end, senior Kyle Blumenthal made two great goal-stopping saves, one in each OT period, to keep the game scoreless.
At Westtown the Moose hosted Friends’ Central. For three quarters of the game there was no score although there were good chances for both teams. The Phoenix got on the board with just 13 minutes left to play when sophomore Cole Scott received a long throw from junior Mason Davis, beat a diving in Westtown defender and buried a shot at the near post. Less than 5 minutes later, Westtown finished on a scramble in front of the net but the goal was called back for a handball. The game ended 1-0 to the visitors. Senior GK Nick Tuverson finished with 4 saves and recorded his 5th league shutout.
On Friday, October 20th three games were contested. At Moorestown the Foxes beat Shipley 1-0 on a 26th minute goal from freshman Matthew D’Ottavi with an assist from junior Brian Cronk. Moorestown had the better of the play through the first half, while Shipley had the advantage after intermission. Senior keeper Teddy Kinzler made 2 saves for the shutout. Shipley’s loss, along with Germantown’s win over Abington assured the Tigers of a first place finish for the regular season.
At Germantown, the floodgates opened and the goals poured in as the Tigers beat the ‘roos 7-3. The hosts jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Abington answered with two quick goals. Another Tiger goal came before the half and then in the second half two more and one from the visitors to make this the highest scoring league game of the season. For Germantown senior David Harvey and sophomore James Hobbs-Pifer each scored twice. Senior Eliot Barr, junior Jacob Sternberg-Sher and sophomore Coby Keren each had a goal. The assists came from seniors Isaac Myron (2) and Max Seldin and junior Gray Palmer. For Abington, senior Nick Sinni scored twice and assisted on the other goal, which was scored by Trevi Fleming. Kai Haynes assisted on Sinni’s first goal.
At Friends’ Central, the hosts took a 1-0 lead over Friends Select into halftime and then scored four goals in quick succession in the final 20 minutes to win 5-0 and clinch a tie for second place with Shipley. Select kept the game very competitive until the final quarter, when they ran out of steam. Scott scored twice for the Phoenix and classmate Sevag Yepoyan, junior Zak Laudini, and senior Nick Tuverson each scored once. Junior Miles Johnson contributed two assists and classmate Liam Sullivan set up one goal.
The final regular season contest was played at Germantown on Tuesday, October 24th with GFS winning 2-1. Visiting George School jumped out to a 1-0 lead 15 minutes in when a header from senior Logan Hillegas wrong-footed Tigers’ keeper Pietro Berghella. Classmate Nico Alighieri provided the assist. After that the hosts created numerous scoring chances, but couldn’t convert any of them before halftime. After the interval the Tigers kept up the pressure and it finally paid off with a goal from Harvey from about 6 yards out with an assist from Palmer. Junior Sam Webber scored the winning goal midway through the period with an assist from Seldin. The Tigers pressed for an insurance goal, but were denied by Cougar keeper Max Malovsky who made several excellent saves. The Cougars had some chances to equalize on counterattacks, but could not solve the Tigers’ defense. With the win GFS clinched sole possession of first place for the first time since 2007. George School finished in 5th place and travels to Moorestown on Thursday, October 26th for the first round playoff game.
Shipley and Germantown Remain Undefeated
Three games were played on Tuesday, October 10th. At George School the Cougars and Friends’ Central were scoreless through regulation, but the visitors tallied in the first minute of the second overtime period to secure a 1-0 decision. Junior Carson Lonner netted the goal with an assist from classmate Max Cohen. Prior to the game-winning goal there were numerous chances for both teams, but no one could find the back of the net.
Friends Select scored twice in the first half and held on at Abington for a 2-1 win, their first in the league this year. In the 33rd minute junior John Dinnall received a through ball from classmate Adrian Altieri and deposited it in the goal. Shortly before halftime senior Phil Sieg knocked in a corner kick from classmate Jacob Taranta. Abington closed the gap to 2-1 on an unassisted goal by junior Jack Ballick, but could not get the equalizer.
At Shipley, the Gators had no trouble with Westtown, earning a 6-1 win. Senior Ian McGrath netted a hat trick, while classmate Ronan Higgins and juniors Jude Core and Johnny Lennart each scored once. Lenart added two assists, Higgins had one as did 8th grader Asher Leakman – giving him the honor of being the first 8th grader to earn a point in the history of league play. (Note: 8th graders were just this fall given the green light to be included on varsity league rosters in all sports.) Freshman Brandon Delgado scored for the Moose.
A full slate of games was played on Friday, October 13th with Friends’ Central sitting out with the bye. At Abington, visiting Moorestown tallied midway through the first half and again midway through the second half, before tacking on a last minute score to take home a 3-0 win. Freshman Matt D’Ottavi scored the first two goals with assists coming each time from senior co-captain Jack Burrows. In the 79th minute Burrows scored after a sequence of five passes with an assist from junior Brian Cronk. Teddy Kinzler notched the shutout for the Foxes, while ‘roos keeper Noah Mass made several great saves, including stopping three breakaways to keep the score close.
At Bryn Athyn, visiting Germantown topped host ANC 2-1. In the 11th minute GFS senior co-captain Isaac Myran fed junior Sam Webber whose shot from the right side buried into the lower left corner of the goal. A great save from senior keeper Pietro Berghella was needed to keep the Lions off the board before halftime. In the 60th minute Tigers’ senior David Harvey scored on a hard low shot from the right side to the far post. Just three minutes later, a long ball from senior defender Erik Lindrooth was mishandled by the GFS defense and sophomore Chakra Wade pounced on it, beat two defenders, and narrowed the margin to 2-1. In the final 17 minutes, the GFS defense stiffened and held the one-goal lead.
At Shipley, the Gators handed George School their second loss of the week, 4-0. Higgins scored early on a great header off an assist from senior Nolan Hamilton and then the hosts held on through halftime, thwarting the Cougars with a great save from senior keeper Kyle Blumenthal and some serious luck on a trio of hard shots by the visitors that were blasted into the box and somehow all cleared. The second half was a different story, however, as senior Griffin Gallagher scored twice in a 10-minute span to put the game out of reach. Core assisted on the first goal and Higgins on the second. Core fed Lenart for the final tally.
At Friends Select, Westtown scored three goals early in the first half and then added one more after halftime to top the Falcons 4-0. Sophomore Sevi Horton opened the scoring in the 9th minute on a solo goal around the Falcons’ right side. Five minutes later, senior Pierce Eldridge smacked the crossbar with a shot and freshman Mack Moore scored off the rebound. Eldridge then scored his first career goal on a penalty kick in the 28th minute. Freshman Tanner Cogswell closed out the scoring midway through the second half with a low drive to the near post. Sophomore Sandor Nagy made 5 saves for the shutout.
On Tuesday, October 3rd three games were played. ANC traveled to Friends Select and took home a 5-0 win. Sophomore Chakra Wade took care of business early, scoring a natural hat trick in the first 13 minutes. Two assists came from senior Declan Durand and one from junior Yates Pendleton. Second half goals came from seniors Seamus Hogan in the 55th minute and Daniel Lindrooth in the 70th minute. Senior Gannon Blair assisted on Hogan’s goal. Jacob Glenn made two saves for the shutout.
At Westtown, the Moose tallied just before halftime and then again midway through the second half to blank Moorestown 2-0. Sophomore Sevi Horton scored in the 38th minute and then junior Matt Dolente added an insurance goal in the 61st minute. Junior Cianan Gamble made two saves for the shutout.
Friends’ Central and Shipley played to a scoreless draw at Talen Energy stadium. All the best chances came from set pieces, with Gators’ senior Ronan Higgins hitting a particularly strong shot which forced Phoenix senior keeper Nick Tuverson to make a diving save, one of 8 on the day. Shipley had the better of the play in the second half and overtime, but was denied every time by Friends’ Central’s defense.
Two games were played on Thursday, October 5th. At Shipley, the Gators scored two early goals and then added one more in the second half in a 3-0 win over Friends Select. Higgins had two goals (one on a PK) and an assist. Junior Johnny Lenart had a goal and classmate Jude Corr had an assist. Seniors Kyle Blumenthal and Gerard Sweeney shared the shutout.
At Germantown, the Tigers and Moorestown played to a scoreless tie. The Tigers had more chances and more dangerous chances, but the Moorestown defense, anchored by keeper Teddy Kinzler (5 saves) stopped all of them. Well, all but one; a rocket in the first half by junior Sam Webber struck the intersection of the crossbar and the left post and bounced away. Moorestown’s chances came mostly on counterattacks, but senior Pietro Berghella made three saves for his fourth consecutive league shutout.
The final two games of week three were played on Friday, October 6th. At Westtown the hosts scored three goals in the first half and blanked ANC 3-0. Dolente opened the scoring in the 27th minute and then tallied again 5 minutes later. Senior Pierce Eldridge assisted on the first goal and junior Alex Hemphill set up the second. 30 seconds before halftime a free kick by freshman defender Mack Moore found its way to sophomore Philipp Stoffel who guided the ball over the line. Gamble and sophomore Sandor Nagy each made 4 saves to preserve the shutout.
At Friends’ Central, the Phoenix beat Abington Friends 4-2. Junior Lucas McGrann opened the scoring for the winners in the 26th minute with a header off a set piece assist from classmate Mason Davis. Just before halftime junior Ingram Dillingham doubled the lead with an assist from classmate Carson Lonner. In the 53rd minute the same duo combined again on a give and go. Abington scored within five minutes to tighten the match, but just a minute after that Lonner got his third assist, this time feeding junior Max Cohen for the goal. Abington closed out the scoring with a PK in the 75th minute
On Saturday, October 7th Westtown hosted the JV tournament. Germantown topped the hosts in the championship game, 1-0, after both teams made it through the round-robin with 4-0-2 records.
|FIELD 1||FIELD 2|
|TEAM||WIN (3)||TIE (1)||LOSS (0)||GF||GA||POINTS||GA-GF||RANKING|
George School (4-0), Germantown (3-0) and Shipley (2-0)
All Unbeaten and Unscored Upon
Round three had four games played on Tuesday, September 26th, and all were shutouts. At Westtown, Germantown raised its league record to 3-0 with its third consecutive league shutout. The Tigers scored twice in the first half and once after the break to take home a 3-0 win. Junior Sam Webber was involved in all the goals, scoring one and assisting on the other two, which were scored by senior David Harvey and sophomore James Hobbs Pifer. Senior Pietro Berghella again kept the sheet clean for the Tigers.
At Moorestown six different players scored, three in each half, to lead the Foxes to a 6-0 win over Friends Select. Freshmen Astin Galanis and Evan Schlotterbeck each tallied a goal and two assists. Classmate Matt D’Ottavi added a goal as did seniors Jack Burrows, George Diamond and Calum Boone. Connor Baraldi contributed the final assist. Teddy Kinzler and Mikey Paznokas shared the shutout in goal.
At ANC, Friends’ Central tallied in the 74th minute to top the Lions 1-0. Junior Ingram Dillingham put a through ball to classmate Ben Kollender who split the defense on a counter-attack and slotted the ball past ANC keeper Jacob Glenn who had made several key saves in the first half to keep the Phoenix off the scoreboard. Senior Nick Tuverson made 7 saves for the shutout, including two big saves early in the second half to keep the game scoreless.
Visiting Shipley topped gritty, but undermanned Abington 2-0. The game was scoreless for 68 minutes before the Gators scored twice in a 7-minute span to take home the win. Senior Ronan Higgins and Johnny Lenart netted the goals, with assists from Jimmy Fallon and Nolan Hamilton.
On Thursday, September 28th George visited Abington and took home a 2-0 win. The first half was scoreless, although not for lack of trying as both teams had numerous chances blocked by defenders, keepers or woodwork. Early in the second half the ‘roos were denied again by a combination of the left post and the crossbar. In the 47th minute the Cougars broke the ice when senior Nico Alighieri nodded in a cross from classmate Phil Cavallo. In the 73rd minute Cavallo provided insurance for the visitors as he converted a cross from junior Eric Yu. Junior Conor Stoklosa and senior Max Malovsky shared the shutout, making a total of 6 saves.
Playing their second league match in as many days, George edged visiting ANC 1-0 on Friday, September 29th. In the 5th minute junior Andrew Arth played a corner kick into the mixer and a ducking Cougar teammate distracted the Lions’ keeper just enough to allow it to deflect off of him into the goal. Despite many chances for both sides, the one goal stood up, thanks, in part, to 9 saves by Malovsky. In the end it is important to remember that good things can happen when the ball is put in play in front of the goal.
Cougars and Tigers Open With Two Wins Each
League play opened on Tuesday, September 19th with a full slate of four matches. At George School, the hosts blanked Friends Select 5-0. The Cougars led 1-0 at the half and then tallied twice in the first three minutes after the break to put the game out of reach of the Falcons. Seniors Logan Hillegas and Phil Cavallo each netted two goals and junior Eric Yu scored once. Hillegas’ first goal was a diving header to put the hosts up 1-0. Cougar assists came entirely from their junior class. Andrew Arth had two, with one each from Jordan Valdepenas-Mellor, Liam Mitchell and Charles Yeboah. Junior Connor Stoklosa made three saves for the shutout.
Germantown visited Friends’ Central and took home a 2-0 win to earn a Felsen Cup point. After a scoreless first half, the Tigers tallied about 10 minutes into the second stanza. Sophomore Nolan Grady converted a pass from senior Max Seldin, who, in turn, had received a ball from classmate David Harvey after a left wing run. A few minutes later, with the Tigers putting on pressure, Seldin put his head in the way of a Phoenix clearance to redirect the ball into the net for the final tally. Senior Pietro Berghella kept the sheet clean with six saves.
Visiting Westtown used a goal in the 10th minute of the second half to beat Abington 2-1. The ‘roos opened the scoring with a goal in the 17th minute of the first half. A free kick from 40 yards out deflected off a player at the 18 and directly to senior Nick Sinni who made no mistake. Kai Haynes was credited with the assist. Westtown evened the score within three minutes on a goal by junior Pau Bacells with an assist from sophomore Sevi Horton. Senior captain Aidan Peterson tallied the game winner unassisted and the visitors held on to the slim lead for the final half hour of play.
In a rematch of last year’s championship contest, ANC hosted Moorestown, and just like the last time they met, the first half ended in a scoreless draw. However, things changed in a three-minute flurry mid way through the second period. Senior Declan Durand opened the scoring for the hosts with a hard shot from 30 yards out in the 59th minute. Two minutes later Durand scored again, this time from 25 yards after receiving a square pass from sophomore Chakra Wade. Just a minute later Moorestown got on the board with a goal from freshman Matt D’Ottavi off an assist from senior Larry Miles. After that brief scoring aberration, things reverted to the old normal and the Lions held on for the last quarter of the game to earn the 2-1 victory.
On Friday, September 22nd three second round games were played. Germantown took the short trip to Fairmount Park to play Select and took home a 5-0 decision. Senior Isaac Myran opened the scoring with a successful penalty kick in the 10th minute. The Tigers struck for a second goal before the half and then tacked on 3 more after the break. Seldin, junior Jackson Craig, sophomore James Hobbs-Pifer and freshman Arjun Ratnakar scored the other Tiger goals. Assists came from Hobbs-Pifer, Grady, Harvey and junior Sam Webber. Berghella was not tested for his second shutout.
George hosted Westtown in a Patterson Cup contest and sent the visitors home with a 4-0 defeat. For the second game in a row Hillegas and Cavallo each tallied twice. Hillegas opened the scoring in the 4th minute, tapping in a cross from senior Ricky Park. Westtown had a breakaway shot carom off the cross bar and the half ended at 1-0. In the 50th minute Hillegas took on a ball from Valdepenas-Mellor, beat a defender and knocked in his second goal of the afternoon. The Moose stayed in the game as their keeper denied Hillegas a hat trick and then stopped a penalty kick, but the Cougars had too much fire power and Cavallo wrapped things up with a pair of goals in the 68th and 77th minutes. Senior Niccolo Alighieri assisted on Cavallo’s first score. Senior Max Malovsky kept the sheet clean for the Cougars, including a save on a breakaway early in the second half.
At Friends’ Central, the Phoenix and Moorestown played to a scoreless draw through regulation and two overtime periods. Nick Tuverson made 6 saves for the hosts and Teddy Kinzler turned away 7 shots for the Foxes.
The final second-round match was played on Saturday, September 23rd at Shipley, where the Gators topped ANC 2-0. After a scoreless first half, the hosts tallied twice after the break on goals by junior Jude Corr and Johnny Lenart. Senior Ronan Higgins provided assists on both goals. Kyle Blumenthal and Gerard Sweeney shared goaltending duties for the shutout.