CLARION, Pa. – Danny Schweitzer’s goal with just under 24 minutes to play proved to be the difference in Clarion-Limestone’s 3-2 win over Brockway in the District 9 Class 1A boys’ soccer quarterfinals at Wiser Field in Clarion.
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Schweitzer’s tally put the Lions up 3-1 at the time, and second-seeded C-L survived a late goal from Caleb Daugherty (3:31 left) to hold off seventh-seeded Brockway.
An own goal by the Rovers also played a pivotal role in the game.
The own goal came with 33:41 left in the contest and was 3:33 after Dylan Bash had brought Brockway even with a penalty kick tally less than two minutes into the second half.
The own goal occurred when a Rover player accidentally headed a free kick from Wyatt Boyden past Brockway keeper Jacob Maze. The free kick occurred just outside the upper right-side of the box.
It was the second time in the contest C-L scored on a free kick situation just outside of the box.
Thomas Uckert started the scoring for the Lions when he blasted home a goal midway through the first half after a foul occurred near the top of the box.
C-L goalie Isaac Lerch and defender Brady Pierce helped keep the lead at 1-0 Lions at halftime with successive saves on Brockway corner late in the half.
First, Lurch was able to punch a ball over the net on the first corner, then Pierce was in the right place at the right time to clear another corner that was headed toward the back of the net.
Pierce had an all-around strong defensive game and was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Match.
He talked about the win on the Cole Orthodontic Associates postgame interview.
C-L will face third-seeded Redbank Valley in the semifinals at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Wiser Field in Clarion.
(5) PORT ALLEGANY 1, (4) ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 0
KERSEY, Pa. – Henry Kisler’s penalty kick goal seven minutes into the second half proved to be all Port Allegany needed in a 1-0 quarterfinal win over Elk County Catholic.
Aidan Clark had nine stops for Port Allegany to earn the clean sheet in net.
Sagan Beaver had six saves for Elk County Catholic.
With the win, Port Allegany advances to play top seed Karns City at Karns City in the semifinals on Thursday.
(3) REDBANK VALLEY 5, (6) BROOKVILLE 2
NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Owen Clouse had a hat trick to lift Redbank Valley past Brookivlle, 5-2, and into the District 9 semifinals.
Ty Carrier and Kerian Fricko had one goal each for the Bulldogs.
Clouse and Caleb Root had assists in the win, while Jordan Smith got the win in net with eight saves.
Redbank Valley led 3-1 at halftime en route to the win.
Steven Plyler scored on a penalty kick for Brookville in the first half and Isaac Reitz scored in the second half for the Raiders.
Gannon McMaster had 11 saves in net for Brookville.
DISTRICT 10 CLASS 2A QUARTERFINALS
(2) GENERAL MCLANE 5, (7) FRANKLIN 1
MEADVILLE, Pa. – Carter Sindlinger scored two goals and General McLane outscored Franklin 3-0 in the second half en route to a 5-1 quarterfinal win.
Gio Masone, David Price and Aidan Price all had one goal each for the Lancers.
Cooper Robson had two assists for McLane, while Sindlinger, Quinn McFadden had one each.
With the win, GM advances to play No. 6 Mercyhurst Prep in the semifinals on Monday, Oct. 30, at a site and time to be determined.
(6) MERCYHURST PREP 2, (3) HARBOR CREEK 0
ERIE, Pa. – Shea Weislogel scored with 20 minutes to play in regulation, which proved to be the game-winner as Mercyhurst Prep got a 2-0 quarterfinal win over Harbor Creek.
Alejandro Vazquez added an insurance goal for the Lakers with just under five minutes to play.
(1) FAIRVIEW 4, (8) NORTH EAST 0
ERIE, Pa. – Fairview scored three goals in the second half to pull away for a 4-0 quarterfinal win over North East.
Sam Agnello’s goal in the first half proved to be all the Tigers needed.
Scoring in the second half for Fairview were Josh Horn, Daniel Lindenberger and Stefan Ninkovic.
(5) GROVE CITY 2, (4) SLIPPERY ROCK 0
MEADVILLE, Pa. – Gage Probst scored a goal in each half as Grove City knocked off Slippery Rock in the quarterfinals, 2-0.
Jonah Stuccio got the win in net for the Eagles.
Grove City will meet top seed Fairview in the semifinals.