JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – For the second time in the PIAA playoffs, Noah Handzel played the role of hero.
Handzel’s goal off a corner kick in overtime sent the Ramblers past previously unbeaten Hershey (22-1), 1-0, and into the Class 3A state championship game.
Dylan Danch corralled the corner ball in the box and placed a pass to Handzel, who drilled it into the back of the net.
See the game-winning goal here:
State finals here we come!! Noah Handzel with the golden goal on a great pass from Dylan Danch! Tyler Chermack with a fantastic shutout in goal!! pic.twitter.com/kt8oc0OHxU
— CP Men’s Soccer (@CPRamblerSoccer) November 15, 2023
Handzel also had the game-winning goal in a 2-1 first round win over Montour.
The defense was once again excellent for the Ramblers (18-3-1), with Tyler Chermack notching his second consecutive shutout in net.
The win also avenges a 2-0 loss to Hershey in the semifinals last year for the Ramblers.
With the win, Prep advances to play Springfield Township, a 3-2 winner in penalty kicks over Radnor, in the state title game on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Mechanicsburg.