PAISAA Soccer Ups and Downs
One can only imagine how much joy was being experienced Tuesday night in the Williams home in Voorhees, N.J.
Inside were three guys who'd helped Penn Charter's boys soccer varsity top visiting Hill School, 2-0, in the quarterfinal round of the PAISAA state tournament.
Brothers Conrad and Harrison Williams were major players on the second-half goals — Conrad scored No. 1 on an assist from Andrew Morris, and Harrison made an impressive leap for a head ball (he plays basketball and, yes, he can dunk) to set up Sean McKee for No. 2. Both tallies were directed into the lower left corner.
In goal most of the way was Jay Jennings. Jay's parents are based in Boston this school year, so Jay is living with the Williams family. He was able to complete the shutout after yielding to freshman Kyle Earley, due to an injury, for about six minutes semi-early in the second half. Kyle was flawless and, upon returning with about 13 minutes left, Jay sprawled to his left to make a sparkling stop on a penalty kick.
In a semi, coach Bob DiBenedetto's squad will travel to Haverford School. Details TBA.
These players were PC's starters:
Goalie: junior Jay Jennings
Defenders: juniors Conrad Williams and Dylan Schwartz, sophs Griffin Barnes and Connor Sullivan, freshman Billy Melnick
Midfielders: seniors Harrison Williams and Drew Shaifer, junior Max Jacobs, soph Andrew Morris
Forward: senior Sean McKee
Girls varsity soccer also was involved in a PAISAA quarterfinal Tuesday. The visiting Quakers and Friends' Central did not score through 80 minutes of regulation play and 10 overtime minutes, then FC won on penalty kicks.
Darci Borski's starters were:
Goalie: sophomore Mackenzie Listman
Defenders: senior Hannah Fox, juniors Macaul Mellor, Alex Hnatkowsky and Brigitte Gutpelet
Midfielders: seniors Dominique DeMarco and Devon Loftus, junior Alex Kuper, soph Gi DeMarco
Forwards: ninth graders Allyson Paul and Emma Maley
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