BROCKWAY, Pa. – The Brockway boys soccer dynasty just keeps churning out District 9 titles.
The latest masterpiece was a 4-1 win over Clarion-Limestone in the 1A championship on Wednesday, the Rovers’ fourth consecutive time atop the District.
“This is our first senior class to ever get four,” said Brockway coach Andy Daugherty. “These guys work their butts off. It’s non-stop. It’s not just during soccer season. These guys have a ball on their foot all year long.”
The recipe against the Lions was simple, and it’s one that’s played out time and again for the 13-2 Rovers – use their quick-strike offense to get a lead and watch as the defense puts the clamps on.
Noah Bash scored a pair of goals – one in each half – but it was actually Alex Carlson that got Brockway on the board first.
Dom Inzana’s corner kick found the head of Carlson, who did the rest to make it 1-0 at the 24:43 mark.
The Rovers kept coming in waves against a talented Lions squad, and struck again with 14:50, this time courtesy of Inzana.
The passing, in particular, was a thing of beauty.
“There’s a lot of precision with these guys,” Daugherty said. “The passing with this team is phenomenal and I think that’s what puts us above.”
Bash scored his first at the 6:12 mark to make it 3-0.
That was the score at the half, and as it turned out, all the offense Brockway needed.
The defense did make one mistake, allowing C-L standout Beau Verdill a clear lane to the goal, where he was able to beat Louis Painter with 25:28 to get the Lions on the board.
“We made one mistake back there,” Daugherty said. “The defense, they’re the unsung heroes of this team. That’s just the 12th goal they’ve allowed in 15 games. They don’t get a lot of press, but they’ve played rock solid back there all year long.”
Bash added his second for good measure just over seven minutes later to push the margin back to three.
“Jared (Marchiori) made a beautiful run down to the corner, I was calling for the ball, he looked up, he put it there and I put it in the back of the net,” Bash said.
For the Lions, it was a disappointing end to a terrific season, as they notched their first playoff win since 2006 with a 6-5 overtime win over Kane in the semifinals.
For the Rovers, they now turn their attention to the PIAA playoffs, with the bracket having them set up to play the winner of the first-round game between the D-10 and D-6 champion. That game is scheduled to be played on Nov. 10, with Brockway playing again on Nov. 14.
For now, they will enjoy another district title and then get back to work.
“This doesn’t come easy,” Daugherty said. “These guys deserve this.”