Boys Soccer Advances to Semifinals of the State Tournament
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First Round of States
The Boys Varsity Soccer team took down the Somerset Golden Eagles with a score of 3-0 in the first round of the state tournament. The team traveled three hours to play at Holidaysburg in Blair County.
For the majority of the match, the Susquehannock Warriors possessed the ball on the Somerset’s defensive third of the field.
Warrior captains Brady Gallegos and Luke Thomas were key players in maintaining possession of the ball throughout the midfield.
Junior Cheikh Cisse of the Warriors scored on the Eagles, bringing the match to 1-0. Soon after, Thomas buried the ball after weaving through the Eagle’s defense, snatching his 29th goal this season.
At halftime, the Warriors led 2-0.
Continuing their aggressive attack after the break, the Warriors persistently held the ball on Somerset’s defensive third.
After the third and final point was scored, many new faces for the Warriors saw playing time towards the end of the second half.
Junior-Varsity starters who played include sophomore Jack Holloway, sophomore Josh
Smiley, sophomore Adam Rebich and freshman Ben Wilson.
With Somerset defeated, the team advanced to the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
The boys team played South Fayette, who won their district to enter states, this past Saturday.
At the beginning of the boys game, both Susquehannock and South Fayette came out with intensity.
For over 70 minutes, the game was at a stalemate.
Defenders and midfielders for the warriors pushed off countless aggressive attacks by the South Fayette offense. Juniors Seth Bilbie, Xander Holloway, and Zakary Kettinger fought to stop the enemy offense.
With four minutes left on the clock, senior Kaleb Lippy shot and scored the only goal on a powerful free kick placed in the upper 90 of South Fayette’s goal. Susquehannock closed out the game 1-0.
Senior Connor Hood came out to watch the game.
“Kaleb Lippy’s goal was the most hype moment of the season. I love international football; this is the team of destiny,” said Hood.
Team Captain Brady Gallegos admires the level of play from South Fayette.
“It was a great example of the way soccer should be played. Both teams played hard and well,” said Gallegos.
The boys advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament against South Park in Altoona, losing the match.