Sophomore Riley Smith pushed in the game’s lone goal in the 10th minute as New Hope-Solebury boys’ soccer erased Springfield, 1-0, on Friday. The Lions held a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Solebury School girls’ soccer went down to Calvary Christian, 2-0, on Thursday. “Tri-captain Julie Meisinger-MacDonald made a couple key defensive plays by recovering and catching a few girls on breakaways,” Spartans head coach Lisa Bernardini said. “Tavorsia Talley, Solebury’s goalie, also made some huge saves to keep Calvary Christian at one goal in the first half. Tri-captain Cassidy Patterson had a great free kick in the first half that hit off the crossbar. The second half was fought hard by both teams. Solebury had a few shots by Patterson and newcomer Erynn Lynch, all being great chances, but unfortunately couldn’t find the back of the net. Solebury’s defense did a good job of holding off some close chances by Calvary Christian in the second half, but with about 15 minutes left, Calvary slipped past the defense and was able to score on a breakaway, which put them ahead by two.”
New Hope-Solebury boys’ soccer was blanked by Holy Ghost Prep, 4-0, on Thursday. The Lions took only two shots. Sophomore Joey Braun scored three goals for Holy Ghost Prep.
Faith Christian boys’ soccer, a sparkling 14-0 on the season, dropped the hammer on host Plumstead Christian in the second half Thursday. The Lions prevailed, 6-0, thanks to five second-half tallies, including two each by senior Jack Henley and classmate Elijah Bartholomew. Trevor Chew scored in the first half for Faith, and Dylan Papiernik connected in the second half.
Solebury School girls’ soccer picked up its first win of the season Wednesday against Perkiomen, 2-1. “Perkiomen came out in the first half and got an early goal in the first minute by Eliza Kuehner; however, Solebury kept fighting and the defense held strong and didn’t let anything else in that first half,” Spartans head coach Lisa Bernardini said. “Both teams were very evenly matched throughout the game. The ball was going back and forth on both halves of the field, so it was a great fight by both teams. In the second half, both teams had some close chances to score, but Solebury got on the board first, to tie up the game 13 minutes in, when tri-captain Cassidy Patterson took a line-drive shot from far outside the 18-yard box that hit off the head of a Perkiomen defender and went in the back of the net. This gave Solebury some extra confidence and a little boost of energy, which led to its second and game-winning goal, in the 23rd minute. Again, a blazing line drive by Patterson, outside of the 18-yard box that beat the goalie. It was a fight to the finish after that, with Perkiomen getting some corner kicks and crosses in, all of which Solebury’s defense was able to clear and defend safely out of the box. Tavorsia Talley, Solebury’s ’keeper, also made some great aggressive plays and saves that helped her team stay in the game. It was a great team effort by Solebury, getting its first win of the season.”
Matt Ludak and Milo Luciano each had a goal and an assist as Solebury School boys’ soccer blanked Calvary Christian (N.J.), 2-0, on Tuesday. Both goals came in the second half. Dakota Morrow made nine saves for the Spartans. Solebury is 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the Penn-Jersey League. “Evan Lynch and Cornelius de Weever played well in the midfield, while Matt Keefe kept the defense strong to notch the first shutout of the season,” head coach Eric Soroka said.
Doane Academy shut down Solebury School boys’ soccer, 3-1, on Saturday. Doane outshot the Spartans, 14-12. Dakota Morrow amassed eight saves for Solebury, which fell to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the Penn-Jersey League. “With the score knotted at one at the half, Doane Academy put the pressure on and came away with two second-half goals. Strong efforts for Solebury were delivered by Matt Ludak and Jiri Valtr,” Spartans head coach Eric Soroka said.
Solebury School girls’ soccer fell by a 1-0 count Saturday to Doane Academy. “The field was pretty rough to play on, extremely bumpy with high grass patches all over, especially by the goals,” Spartans head coach Lisa Bernardini said. “Doane got a little shot off on the ground and it seemed to hit a bump that threw our ’keeper, Tavorsia Talley, off a bit and she wasn’t able to get to it. Overall, though, we played great. We kept them to one goal in the first half, and denied any chances the rest of the game. Carol Wright really stepped up and made some great tackles today in the back, and the whole back line in general worked really well together. Serious improvements are being seen.”
Villa Victoria Academy came out firing with four goals in the first half in a 4-2 victory Thursday over Solebury School girls’ soccer. “Solebury’s second half was a big improvement,” Spartans head coach Lisa Bernardini said. “The defense really stepped up in the second half, denying crosses and making some great saves by our ’keeper, Tavorsia Talley. Maya Brewington nailed a shot from about 10 yards behind the 18-yard box that went right under the crossbar and past the goal; it was a beauty. Hadiyyah Graves (Solebury) scored by getting a great through-ball pass by Maya Brewington, and she beat her defender and got a little breakaway and kicked it to the left corner of the goal.”
Life Center had its way Thursday with Solebury School boys’ soccer. The Spartans fell, 6-0. Life Center took 16 more shots than Solebury, 20-4. Dakota Morrow blocked 12 shots for the Spartans. “Solebury faced an incredibly skilled Life Center team with their offense firing on all cylinders. Four first-half goals from the visitors set the pace for the match. Dakota Morrow and Jiri Valtr played well for the Spartans,” Solebury head coach Eric Soroka said.