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Mercury Roundup (10.27): Pottsgrove rises in district rankings, dashes Spring-Ford’s PAC hopes

Pottsgrove's Cooper Fiore gets in a tackle against Spring-Ford's Andrew Merchant. (Austin Hertzog - MediaNews Group)

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Boyertown seals up PAC title with win over Methacton … and a little help

Pottsgrove 2, Spring-Ford 0 >> The Falcons claimed one of its biggest wins of the season and dashed the Rams’ Pioneer Athletic Conference championship hopes in the process with a two-goal win in their regular season finale Tuesday.

Troy Watts got on the end of a Mike Troutman cross with 7:08 to play in the first half and Shane Gleason with 2:25 left in regulation after Watts was fouled in the penalty area to seal it.

Goalkeeper Luke Kaiser had six saves in the shutout while getting determined defense from back four Cooper Fiore, Justin Collings, Kevin Michuki and James Thompson and midfielder Troutman.

Pottsgrove’s Mike Troutman clears the ball while being pressured by Spring-Ford’s Ben Goldberg.

“We worked so hard as a team. Even though we’re low on guys, we always come together,” said Fiore. “We’ve been together since 7th grade must of us, so we know we’ve always got each other’s back.”

“Every goal has a name to it, but it’s the entire team that scores every goal,” said Troutman.

Pottsgrove (7-4-1) rose to No. 2 in the District 1 Class 3A power rankings and is in line to host a playoff game when it begins Monday, Nov. 2.

Shane Gleason, center, is congratulated by Troy Watts, left, after his penalty kick goal against Spring-Ford. (Austin Hertzog – MediaNews Group)

Spring-Ford (6-4-1) was in a must-win situation for PACs while entering the day with a chance to win the outright title by beating Pottsgrove and Perk Valley Wednesday.

Andrew Merchant hit the crossbar in the first half and while the Rams dominated the majority of the second half, had little to show for it, only managing a single shot on goal during a sustained 20-minute stretch of pressure. It’s best chance was a Tommy Bodenschatz close-range shot but Troutman made a last-ditch tackle and blocked the shot with his face.

“I might forget that one now. It’s there for a reason and I’m going to lay my body on the line to block any shot for this team,” he said.

Spring-Ford sits at No. 11 in the District 1-4A power rankings.

Owen J. Roberts 3, Upper Perkiomen 1 >> The Wildcats won their PAC season finale to finish 5-7. The loss for Upper Perk (3-7-2) knocked it to No. 5 in the District 1-3A power rankings, a spot of our tournament qualification.

Lansdale Catholic 5, Pope John Paul II 0 >> Dylan Russ’ goalkeeping was the highlight of the Golden Panthers’ non-league game with the Crusaders Tuesday.

Russ had a five-save day in goal for PJP.

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Owen J. Roberts, Spring-Ford are PAC co-champions (Story)

Boyertown 2, Methacton 0 >> First-time goals by Alina Friz and Audrey Swartley lifted the Bears over the Warriors in Tuesday’s PAC contest.

Friz scored in the first half, with Sam Devlin on the assist, and Swartley got her goal in the second half. Boyertown outshot Methacton by a 15-1 margin, and Ashlyn Crawford needed to make just one save to record the clean sheet for the Bears.

Pope John Paul II 2, Phoenixville 0 >> Julia Hull and Cameron Schuler scored goals in PJP’s victory Tuesday.

Sophia Hinke had assisted on Hull’s score. Hailey Bond made nine saves for PJP, and Ella Stout saved five shots for Phoenixville.

Upper Merion 8, Pottstown 1 >> Sophia Lamesta, Emma Wellington and Catherine Merritt scored two goals each to lead UM while Pottstown fell in its season opener.

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Methacton 1, Perkiomen Valley 1 (OT) >> PV’s Saige Shine and Warriors’ Elise DeWan scored in the PAC tie Tuesday.

Shine put PV ahead 1-0 in the second quarter of an assist from Savannah Silvestre before DeWan tied the game in the fourth. Gabby DiPrinzio made five saves for Methacton, while Ashley Derrick saved eight shots for the Vikings (7-3-2).

Tuesday’s tie was the third of the season for the Warriors (7-1-3) who now enter the final day of the regular season a half game behind Upper Perkiomen (8-1-2).



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