It came into the postseason with the best positioning of any area boys soccer team.
And Pottsgrove subsequently ended up the last entry alive in the District 1 playoffs. But the distinction ended up a dubious one Tuesday, when the Falcons saw their season come to an end at Council Rock North High School.
Scoring goals in each half, Lower Moreland edged Pottsgrove, 2-1, in the Class AA semifinals. Topping the second-seeded Falcons, the third-seeded Lions will now face two-time defending district champ Holy Ghost Prep — a 6-0 winner over Pope John Paul II in the other semifinal — Thursday back at C.R. North.
Ethan Adballa had Pottsgrove's lone goal in the second half. It was offset by LM's Tamir Mohammed, who tallied in each half.
Pottsgrove came into the playoffs off a solid showing in the Pioneer Athletic Conference's regular season. It finished with an 8-5 record good for first place in the Frontier Division.
But the locals couldn't duplicate that performance in the postseason. They were edged by Perkiomen Valley in the PAC-10 Final Four's opening round, 1-0, before entering districts as the bracket's second seed.Holy Ghost Prep 6, Pope John Paul II 0: The Golden Panthers bowed out in the semifinal round of the District 1-AA playoffs, rolled by the defending champion Firebirds in the first game of a postseason doubleheader at Council Rock North.
Fourth-seeded PJP got past Octorara, 2-1, in an overtime game last week. It had gone 5-7-1 during the Pioneer Athletic Conference's regular season, making the circuit's Final Four playoffs as the second seed from the Frontier Division.West-Mont 6, Collegium 1: Jacob Gallagher's two-goal showing headed the Wings as they handled Collegium Charter in the Tri-County League playoffs' semifinal round.
Trent Wilson, Zach Coffey, Dan Mayk and Alex Fonder rounded out the scoring for West-Mont Christian, which will face Phelps School — a 4-2 winner over Perkiomen School — for the league championship Thursday. The game will be played 3 p.m. at Downingtown D.C. United.Phelps 4, Perkiomen School 2: The Panthers came up short of Phelps School in the Tri-County League's semifinal round, that despite Alex Novikov's offensive contributions.
Novikov scored both of Perkiomen's goals in the second half, by which time Phelps had built a three-goal lead. Novikov's first tally was off a penalty kick at the 16-minute mark, and Angel Lopez got credit for an assist on his second tally at the 22-minute mark.
The Panthers were outshot by a 21-4 margin, and Ben Fischer had 16 goalkeeper saves. Phelps' scoring was evenly distributed between four players, Maxwell Adarken the leader with a goal and assist for the defending TCL champions.