With the top spot in Division III of the Berks Boys Soccer League on the line, Wyomissing and Tulpehocken met Tuesday at Flannery Field in Wyomissing.
The Spartans prevailed 1-0 in a tight game, as a goal from Brandon Vargo in the first half proved to be the difference as Wyomissing (10-1-1, 13-3-1) clinched the Berks III title.
“I think we had a lot of grit,” Spartans head coach Eric Miller said. “We showed a lot of heart and worked really hard and played well.”
Just over seven minutes into the first half, Wyomissing’s Tyler Lentz threaded a pass through the Trojans’ back line to Vargo, who was well positioned inside the 18-yard box. Vargo finished the play with a low shot into the back of the net to put the Spartans ahead.
“That play we’ve been working on in practice,” Vargo said. “I really didn’t have to think much about it.”
In a very even matchup — not surprising considering the two teams played to a scoreless tie when they met Sept. 20 at New Schaefferstown — the first half featured very few scoring prime scoring opportunities. Both teams played strong in the midfield and on defense.
The game began to open up midway through the second half, and the Trojans gained some momentum. Tulpehocken (8-2-2, 12-3-2) out-shot Wyomissing 8-5, with the majority of the shots coming in the second half.
The Trojans had several corner kicks late in the second half, but could not find the equalizer. Wyomissing’s defense was solid and clogged potential passing lanes to preserve the shutout.
“It takes a lot to get wins against good teams,” Miller said. “You just play to the final whistle.”
The Spartans and Trojans could meet again in the Berks playoffs, which are scheduled to open with quarterfinal games Saturday at the sites of the higher seeds. The semifinals will be Tuesday Oct. 19, and the final Thursday, Oct. 21.
Source: Berkshire mont