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Exeter advances to BCIAA boys soccer championship game with win over Tulpehocken

Justin Kinney scored with just less than nine minutes left as Exeter beat Tulpehocken 1-0 in a BCIAA boys soccer semifinal Tuesday at New Schaefferstown.

The seventh-seeded Eagles (8-9-3) will face top-seeded Fleetwood, a 1-0 winner over Oley Valley in the other semifinal, Thursday at Tulpehocken in the second game of a championship doubleheader that starts at 5:30 p.m.

Exeter will be making its first appearance in the title game since 2014, when it won its fourth Berks title.

“Tulpehocken is a great team,” Exeter coach Eric Franks said. “The first 10 or 15 minutes of the game were very good, very open. The last 10 minutes of the first half and second half we were playing more our way.”

The Eagles finally broke through against the third-seeded Trojans (14-4-2) after right back Evan Bohn intercepted a pass.

The ball was touched away from Bohn, and Kinney gained possession outside the box. He put his shot into the far side over keeper Brayden Evans’ hands at 70:19.

“It took a shot like that to beat Brayden Evans,” said Franks. “It was a great goal.

“The boys did a really good job. I’m really proud of them.”

The goal was just the ninth the Trojans have allowed this season. Franks said Evans, who finished with six saves, came up big several times.

Ryan Peterson made three saves for Exeter.

The Eagles, who opened the season 1-7-1, are 7-2-2 since.

“They stayed focused and kept working,” Franks said of his team. “We made a lot of progress. The last half of the season is a reflection of our hard work and our focus.”

Source: Berkshire mont

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