Lower Merion boys’ soccer team comes back to win district opener

The Lower Merion High School boys’ soccer team defeated Neshaminy on penalty kicks in the PIAA Class AAA District One tournament opener Tuesday at Arnold Field.

This marks the sixth consecutive year that the Aces have advanced to at least the second round of the PIAA Class AAA District One playoffs.

Lower Merion boys’ soccer head coach Nico Severini said, “The multitude of fans at the game was astonishing – from the student body, to local youth club soccer players, parents, friends, and alumni.  It was impossible to quiet the fans, and they were phenomenal!”

In the first half, Neshaminy went ahead 1-0 on a good cross from the wing.  In the second half the Aces came out on fire and were close to evening up the score, but Neshaminy’s goalie made a point blank goal line save.  A few minutes later Neshaminy went ahead 2-0 on a head ball goal.

Lower Merion goalie Sebastian Jenkins then made a huge save on a penalty kick, and from there the Aces rallied.  With 15 minutes to go, senior Jeremy Hillsberg was able to slot away a shot that brought the score to 2-1.   A few minutes later  Alex Moureaud got onto another ball delivered from Anthony Haines that equalized the match.   Ryan Tillman was brought down several times in the offensive half, causing the second goal.
The teams remained deadlocked through two overtime periods.  The game was decided by penalty kicks and the Aces prevailed 4-1.
Next up for the Aces is Pennsbury on Oct. 29.
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Reply