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2 weeks ago @ 9:24AM

Quakers reach Class 2A title game with 5-0 win over Charleroi

MOON TWP. — Quaker Valley has quite a history of soccer success. Year after year the Quakers find themselves in position to add to that history, and 2018 is no different

On Monday at Moon Area High School, the boys dominated the second half of their Class 2A semifinal matchup with Charleroi and cruised to a 5-0 win to advance to the WPIAL championship game for the third straight year.

Heading into the matchup, the Quakers were tasked with trying to contain Charleroi’s Cullin Woytovich. The junior forward entered the game with 49 goals and 18 assists. Throughout the night though, the Quakers limited his touches and doubled him whenever the opportunity presented itself.

“Everyone knows he is talented, and we had a pretty good idea of who they were as a team,” Quaker Valley head coach Andrew Marshall said. “So, we made sure that we were aware of him, but our principles never change and we were just focused on being our best.”

Throughout the first 18 minutes of the game, both teams created opportunities for themselves. Woytovich got involved in the action early, dribbling the ball along the baseline and dropping a pass into the middle of the box, but Fritz Reiter was there to thwart Charleroi’s first scoring opportunity. From that moment on, the Quakers took over.

With about 22 minutes left in the first half, the Quakers got their offense going. Dom Reiter attacked the right side of the Cougars’ defense and dribbled the ball into the 18-yard box. Just inside of the box, he was tackled from behind and the official immediately pointed to the penalty spot.

Junior Franky Fernandez stepped into the spot without showing signs of nervousness. The forward kept his composure and buried the shot into the right bottom corner of the net.

“I was confident, there were still nerves, it was a tight game in the beginning, but I knew if we scored first it would be a big moment,” Fernandez said.

Just before the half, Toma David netted his 16th goal of the season. Streaking down the right sideline, he made a move with the outside of his right foot, planted his left and ripped a shot that found the net just inside the right post.

Charleroi had allowed just 13 goals all season and had not lost heading into Monday night, so the Quakers knew they had their opponent right where they wanted them.

“We knew that they weren’t used to playing down, and we know that if any team gets scored on before half, it can get into their heads,” Marshall said. “But for us it’s always about what’s next.”

A dominant second half from the Quakers followed. At the break, Marshall said he told his team that he thought they had another gear and they showed it coming out of the locker room.

After dominating the possession in the first 15 minutes of the second half, Pierce Diggins, who was one of two players to come off the bench for the Quakers, found the back of the net. He received a through pass on the left side of the box, settled the ball and delivered a swinging shot to the net that found its way past Charleroi goalkeeper Nick Goodwin.

It was the first of three second-half goals, but the Quakers could’ve added two or three more after that. Fernandez, who scored the fourth goal for the Quakers, said they were able to adjust to Charleroi’s defensive adjustments in the second half.

“In the first half, they were sitting back, so we knew our forwards had time to turn with the ball and face the defense,” Fernandez said. “Then, in the second half we knew they were pushing up higher so we could just bump it off and find space in behind them. We were just able to adapt to the defense and how they were playing.”

Dom Reiter added the fifth goal of the night with seven minutes remaining and secure the trip to Highmark Stadium where they will face Shady Side Academy for the third straight year. The Indians defeated Deer Lakes 1-0 on Monday.

Last season, Shady Side Academy defeated the Quakers, 3-2, in a double overtime thriller. Fernandez and the rest of his team are ready for a little revenge.

“We just heard the news that we were playing them (Shady Side), again and we lost to them last year,” Fernandez said. “We want our revenge, we’re hungry for it.”

Times and dates for the Class 2A WPIAL Championship will be released Tuesday morning.

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