Great Valley falls to Peters Township in state championship match


Great Valley’s lone goal came on a header by Mike Carrigan.

HERSHEY – Great Valley came up short of the PIAA Class AAA boys’ soccer championship Saturday evening, dropping a 2-1 decision to Peters Township at Hersheypark Stadium.

Senior twins Nicco and Mario Mastrangelo finished with one goal and one assist apiece for the Indians (22-2), exchanging roles on strikes in the 57th and 62nd minute for a 2-0 lead that proved insurmountable.

The Patriots (19-6-2) cut the gap to 2-1 when Mike Carrigan connected off a header for his eighth goal of the season in the 63rd minute, but failed to get the equalizer.

“Credit to our guys,” said Great Valley coach Dave Moffett. “We got the goal back right away and were in it. We just fought, fought and fought, trying to string something together.”

Kyle Hoops, who had the assist on Carrigan’s goal, was robbed at the 10:10 mark by Peters Township keeper Josh Deymerin. The Indians defense did the rest, denying the District 1 runnerup Patriots their first state boys’ soccer title since 1993.

“They’re a very good team, very athletic and they disrupt what you try to do,” said Moffett. “We are known as a team that possesses the ball, but with their athleticism and ability to close us down, it took us out of our normal rhythm.

“We kept moving the ball around, making them chase and we were so close. We got an opportunity and then it goes away. We kept pushing the ball forward to see if anything was going to fall.”

The PIAA crown was the fourth for the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) and District 7 champion Indians, who last won in 2007.

Ironically, Peters Township and Great Valley met before for the state boys soccer title in 1989 – a 0-0 standoff producing a co-state champs.

“Credit to (Peters Township), they are an excellent team and deserving champion,” said Moffett. “But I’m proud of my guys and the effort they showed all season. We gave it our all, especially tonight, and as coaches that is all you can ask for.”

(7-1) Peters Township 2, (1-2) Great Valley 1

Great Valley      0-1-1
Peters Twp.       0-2-2

Great Valley
Mike Carrigan 1g
Kyle Hoops 1a

Peters Township
Nicco Mastrangelo 1g, 1a
Mario Mastrangelo 1g, 1a

Saves: PT – Josh Deyarmin 2; GV – Aidan Claffey 7

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