Gregory’s goal wins it for Haverford School

It was only fitting that a game between two of the top ranked boys soccer teams in Southeastern Pennsylvania went right down to the wire.

Connor Gregory’s goal in the 52nd minute as The Haverford School, the No. 1 ranked team in the Daily Times Super 7, held on for a 2-1 nonleague victory over Conestoga Thursday.

Jerry Karalis opened the scoring for the Fords, who extended their winning streak to five games. The Haverford School (7-1) is ranked fifth in the latest Southeastern Pennsylvania Coaches Association poll, while the Pioneers are eighth.

Matt Mayer and Alex Haas picked up assists, while goalie Quinn Letter made three saves.

In other nonleague action:

Strath Haven 1, Council Rock North 0: After several near misses, Ahmir Gordon, Will Hotham and Andrew Restrepo finally teamed up for the winner 10 minutes into the second half.

Hotham took a throw in from Restrepo and flicked a pass to Gordon, who flicked a shot over the head of CRN keeper Billy Storm to give the Panthers (7-5-1) the only goal they would need.

“They came close on the same play several other times,’ Strath Haven coach Ryan O’Neill said.

Goalie Matt Eiel (eight saves) and the Strath Haven defense took care of the rest.

Abington 1, Penncrest 0: The Lions had two good scoring opportunities in the second half, but could not convert. Thomas Rounds made 11 saves in goal for Penncrest (10-3).

Matt Bachman’s goal in the first five minutes was the difference for the Ghosts.

Interboro 4, Upper Darby 1: Diego Lopez tallied a hat trick for the Buccaneers. Kyle Dutch had the other goal. Brandon Weldon came up big in goal with nine saves.

Terrence Weh converted a pass from Kostandin Gjergo with five minutes left in the game to get the Royals (4-7-0) on the board. Bryan Gordillo had nine saves for UD.

Marple Newtown 5, Delco Christian 0: Kostas Slikas led the Tigers (9-6, 5-3 Central League) with two goals and two assists. Dyson Hunter, John Michael Allodoli and Dean Giovanopoulos also scored for MN, while goalie Ben Staud stopped three shots in the second half including a penalty kick.

Seth Porter made six saves in goal for Delco Christian.

In the Catholic League:

Bonner-Prendergast 3, Bishop McDevitt 0: Jake Miller’s breakaway goal in the first half set the tone for the Friars (3-8-0, 3-6-0). Ryan Kerrigan and Theo Oejobi also scored, while goalie Jon Mathis stopped all seven shots he faced.

In the Del Val League:

Chichester 1, Academy Park 0: Austin Wilson came through in the first half and goalie Jeff Reed and the defense took care of the rest for Chichester.

Wilson scored on a direct free kick from about 20 yards out. Reed made it stand up as the winner with three saves for the Eagles (4-7 overall, 4-2 league). Goalie Troy Macauley stopped seven shots for the Knights.

Penn Wood 9, Glen Mills 0: Alex Trabanino scored twice as the Patriots (10-1, 5-0) tuned up for next Tuesday’s first-place showdown at Interboro.

Mitchell Saye, Koffi Adjesson, Collins Asimoah, Amadu Barrie, Prince Bla, Carolos Danjollel and Ahmed Ali added one goal each, while the Penn Wood defense did not let one shot get to keeper Kenny Mgaima.

In the Ches-Mont League:

Avon Grove 3, Sun Valley 1: The Vanguards had chances, but could not capitalize. Josh Lehrberger got Sun Valley (3-9-2, 1-7-1) on the board in the second half, while goalie Brendan Skwirut stopped seven shots.

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