Ahead of his team’s first BCIAA semifinal appearance since 2008, Brandywine Heights coach Jason Miller had a simple message for his team.
“It’s been 50 years since Brandywine has been in the next game — the county final,” Miller said. “If you can’t get excited about this game, you don’t belong here.”
The fifth-seeded Bullets rose to the occasion, defeating eighth-seeded Oley Valley 1-0 on Tuesday night at Mertztown to advance to the title game for the first time in 47 years.
“We played a great game,” Miller said. “We play good team defense, and we played solid all the way around.”
Brandywine Heights’ goal was scored by sophomore Jayden Kantner late in the first half. The goal was unassisted.
“It means a lot to me,” Kantner said about making it to the Berks championship game. “I still believe in my team and think we can do it.”
Oley Valley finished with five shots on goal.
“We didn’t play an entire game,” Lynx coach Shawn Meals said. “Congratulations to Brandywine, they put 80 minutes of hard work in.”
The result marks the Bullets’ fifth straight shutout victory. They have allowed one or fewer goals in 13 consecutive games.
“Our defense as a whole, they’re just so solid,” Miller said. “If you have a defense like that and a goalie like that, our offense can take chances pushing forward.”
Brandywine Heights will take on third-seeded Tulpehocken in the championship game on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. at Exeter. Coincidentally, the Bullets played the Trojans in their most recent title game appearance in 1975, winning 4-0.
Berks III champion Tulpehocken defeated Brandywine Heights, the Berks IV champion, 1-0 on Oct. 5 in the lone regular season meeting between the two teams. The two sides have a combined record of 36-4.
“Our team is just in sync,” Miller said. “We’re peaking at the right time.”
Source: Berkshire mont