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Marple Newtown advances on timely goals, tough defense

Ninth-seeded Marple Newtown was buoyed by a tremendous defensive effort and goals by Adam Azab and Marco Mesoraca, as the Tigers blanked No. 8 Upper Moreland, 2-0, Tuesday in District 1 Class 3A first-round boys soccer.
MN advances to the second round Thursday to face top-seeded Holy Ghost Prep.

“We told them to keep pressing, I thought we created chances when we stepped up and forced turnovers with our defense,” Marple Newtown coach Jared Harris said. “We told our forwards to step up, pressure the backs and when they got their chances, finish them. We knew they were coming.”

Stephen Bradley, Mike Smith and Richie Hannig all did well in getting in the way of Upper Moreland passes.

“Richie especially did a great job,” Harris said. “He’s been an anchor back there, not letting anything in behind him, winning tackles and cleaning up in the back.”

Josh Starr made three saves in posting the shutout.

In the District 1 Class 4A first round:

Wissahickon 2, Garnet Valley 0 >> The Trojans spent a lot of time in the offensive zone where they used aggressive passes and shot selection to pressure the Garnet Valley defense.

Upper Dublin 3, Penncrest 0 >> Anthony Wisdo had two goals and an assist to power the Cardinals.

Wisdo converted a penalty kick late in the first half to put Upper Dublin in front. UD went up 2-0 in the second half when Max Adams headed in a Wisdo free kick, and Wisdo collected his second goal with 4:39 left.

C.B. West 2, Haverford 1 >> Cam Morse accounted for the Fords’ only goal.

In the Inter-Ac League:

Haverford School 1, Springside Chestnut Hill 0 >> Evan Scott scored on a penalty kick in the waning seconds of regulation to propel the Fords (4-9-4) to their first league win. Will Bartus registered the shutout.

Penn Charter 2, Episcopal Academy 0 >> Matt Freese and AJ Marcucci had three saves apiece for the Churchmen (12-5-3), who couldn’t solve PC goalie Jay Jennings (six saves).

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