District wrap: Hoops’ OT goal helps Great Valley stun Neshaminy

MIDDLETON  – Kyle Hoops connected for the game-winning goal just 1:11 into overtime to lift No. 15 Great Valley to a stunning 3-2 victory over No. 2 Neshaminy in the second-round of the District 1-AAA boys soccer playoffs Saturday afternoon at Harry E. Franks Stadium.

Hoops took a Nate Shackleton cross at the far post and buried the decisive strike into the back of the net to send the Patriots (14-4-2) to the district quarterfinals Tuesday at Ches-Mont League foe, No. 10 West Chester Rustin.

Great Valley broke on top in the 26th minute when Mike Carrigan headed in a Shackleton corner before Neshaminy got the equalizer from Dylan McDonald off a long throw. After the Patriots regained the lead, 2-1, at the 24:49 mark on Colin Deitch’s unassisted goal, Neshaminy responded with a strike from Kevin Goetz (assisted by Kevin Hermann) off the counter attack with 10:00 left to eventually force the extra session.

But Hoops had the final say, sending Great Valley – a state semifinalist in 2013 – to the district quarterfinals against a familiar opponent.

(15) Great Valley 3, (2) Neshaminy 2, OT

Great Valley    1-1-1-3

Neshaminy     0-2-0-2

First half

Mike Carrigan (GV) from Nate Shackleton, 25:15

Second half

Dylan McDonald (N) 23:35

Colin Deitch (GV) 24:49

Kevin Goetz (N) from Kevin Hermann, 30:00


Kyle Hoops (GV) from Shackleton, 1:11

Shots: Great Valley 14, Neshaminy 13

Saves: Aiden Claffey (GV) 5, Chris Rush (N) 4

(10) West Chester Rustin 1, (7) North Penn 0 – Liam Grady posted the clean sheet and the Golden Knights got the game-winner on an own goal to reach the district quarterfinals.

Rustin (16-4) scored when Ryan Fincher’s boot from 40 yards out was mishandled in front of the net by the North Penn (16-4) defense. Rustin hosts Great Valley Tuesday in an all Ches-Mont League Elite Eight matchup.

(1) Unionville 2, (17) Pennsbury 2, 6-5 PKs – A.J. Bernstein netted the game-winning penalty kick to help the top-seeded Indians avert the upset.

Sam Alfonsi and Jeff Stautberg notched goals for Unionville, which played a man down for 35 minutes and was bolstered by the strong work of keeper Henry Shafer (10 saves). The victory sends Unionville to the district quarterfinals Tuesday against No. 9 Conestoga, which edged West Chester East 1-0 in double overtime Saturday.

For Pennsbury, Alex Kardos picked up a pair of goals and keeper Eric Gagliardi came up with 6 saves.

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