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Aguirre scores hat trick as Tulpehocken shuts out Fairfield in District 3 boys soccer quarterfinal

The Tulpehocken boys soccer team created many scoring chances in the first 30 minutes Wednesday night without any luck.

Fairfield goalie Eric Ball made three spectacular saves to keep the District 3 Class 1A quarterfinal scoreless.

“I was getting frustrated,” Trojans junior Eliecer Aguirre said. “The whole team was, too. It was pretty tough.”

Aguirre, also known as “Ace,” ended any worries when he put home a rebound in the 32nd minute and sent Tulpehocken to a 4-0 victory at New Schaefferstown.

“I thought it was going to hit the crossbar,” Aguirre said. “It just went in. I was happy. After that one, we ran over them. Everything started to click.”

Particularly for Aguirre, who finished with three goals and one assist. It was the first hat trick of his high school career.

“I’m happy,” he said. “After the third goal, I wanted the fourth but it didn’t happen.”

Third-seeded Tulpehocken (15-4-2) advanced to the semifinals against second-seeded High Point, a 3-0 winner over Lancaster Country Day, Saturday at 1 p.m. at Exeter’s Don Thomas Stadium.

Sixth-seeded Fairfield (10-6-1) saw its season end in its first district appearance in two years.

The Trojans moved within two victories of their second straight title and their 11th overall.

“Ace’s first goal opened the floodgates,” Tulpehocken coach Trevor Brown said. “Any time you’re pressing and you finally score that first goal, the confidence goes through the roof. We scored two more right away.”

Tulpehocken scored three goals in a six-minute span to break it open.

Mason Lillis blasted a shot off the right post, which bounced to Aguirre, who buried it for a 1-0 lead with 8:56 left in the half.

Less than three minutes later, Aguirre drew Ball away from the goal before delivering a pretty pass to Micah Meyers to make it 2-0.

“Ace is absolutely crucial to this team,” Brown said. “You can see it. He can take over a game. He has so much talent. He’s developing into a centerpiece and a leader. It’s great to see that.”

Aguirre struck again before the half ended. He received a feed from Owen Harris and beat Ball on his right side for a 3-0 lead with 2:14 to go in the half.

In the second half, Aguirre drilled a shot that Ball turned away. A few minutes later, he received a pass from Erick Sanchez and put it home for his hat trick with 21:49 remaining

Aguirre has 13 goals and eight assists for the season. He’s been motivated by his twin brother, Jorge, a defender who’s out for the season with a knee injury.

Even without Jorge, the Trojans posted their 14th shutout and have held 21 opponents to just nine goals.

“Jorge is crucial to our defense,” Brown said. “It breaks my heart that he’s not out there. The kid has been so positive. He’s been like another coach since he was hurt.”


Source: Berkshire mont

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