Although it happened a year ago and Fleetwood junior Josh Canderlario wasn’t involved too much, he remembered what it was like losing to Oley Valley in the 2020 BCIAA boys soccer championship game.
On Tuesday night, Canderlario and his teammates got a measure of revenge with a 1-0 victory over two-time defending Berks champion Oley Valley at Fleetwood’s Ray Buss Field.
“Last year I really didn’t get to play much varsity,” Canderlario said. “Even though I was on the bench and the score was 5-1, I still took that pretty personally. I knew this year we had to do something about.”
Canderlario took care of it with his right foot, sending in a shot from just under 20 yards out high into the net with 18:31 left in the second half for the game’s only goal.
The victory over the fifth-seeded Lynx (13-6-1) moves the top-seeded Tigers (15-5) into the championship game Thursday against at a site and time to be determined. Fleetwood will play Exeter, a 1-0 winner over Tulpehocken.
Canderlario took a pass from Kam Geiger just inside the 20. Canderlario had a lot of time and space to send a shot toward the far post high into the net. Oley Valley keeper Tyler Drobek got a couple fingertips on the ball but couldn’t deflect it over the goal.
“The ball that came to me was slower so I didn’t really have to take a touch,” Canderlario said. “The only thing on my mind was to hit it far post and it came out good.”
The Fleetwood defense also came up big against Oley Valley’s offensive line that includes 2020 Berks Player of the Year Chase Reifnsyder and Danny Turchi. William Maurek made six saves, including one from close range with just over five minutes left he was able to deflect over the goal.
“Those two guys up top for Oley are big and fast,” said Fleetwood coach Keith Schlegel. “Those guys are machines. It’s tough facing that.”
But Maurek and the Tigers defense were able to shut out a Lynx offense that entered the game with 63 goals, the second most in Berks.
And although Schlegel tried to downplay the revenge factor, some of his players were buying it.
“We knew what happened last year,” Schlegel said. “But there’s a lot of different players on their team and there’s a lot of different players on our team. We were just worried about this year.”
Source: Berkshire mont