Shady Side defense ends Bisons’ season
MOON TOWNSHIP –With enough pressure, eventually, something will break.
After holding off Shady Side Academy’s constant attack Tuesday night, Bedford’s defense finally cracked late in the second half and the Indians held on for a 1-0 win at Moon Area High School’s Tiger Stadium to open the PIAA Class 2A boys soccer tournament.
Shady Side (13-6-1), the District 7 champ, dominated possession for a majority of the match. The Indians kept the Bisons’ defense under siege for a majority of the first half.
However, goalkeeper Chris Klinger was up to the task. The Bedford sophomore turned aside a handful of golden scoring chances in the first half.
“Chris was awesome. He was our player of the night. He came to play and that’s why we went with him in the playoffs,” Bedford coach Barrett Schrock said. “We have two good keepers and we went with Chris because he is capable of having nights like this.”
Shady Side Academy’s Max Farner nearly scored 2:57 into the match. He stole the ball from the Bedford defense and raced in alone on goal, but Klinger stopped the shot from 12 yards out. Wally Navid had another great chance for the Indians 10:01 later when he slipped through the defense, but Klinger made the save at the near side. Off a corner kick almost eight minutes after that, Klinger needed to dive to his right to deflect a shot wide. He had another diving save off a corner with 3:50 left in the first half.
“He did very well. He was good, overall, all night,” Bedford junior forward Logan LaMarche said. “He was saving us. He did excellent – that’s the best I’ve ever seen him play.”
Bedford (14-4-0) was held without a shot on goal in the first half. The team started to generate some chances in the second half and LaMarche produced the team’s first shot 12:48 into it, but the ball was blocked by a defender before it got close to goal.
“It was tough. They stopped a lot of stuff. We tried to force it one way and they’d stop it. We got a few balls through, but it was hard to get things going,” he said. “(Shady Side Academy) had a different style of play, so we had to figure out how to combat that. It was kind of hard. Once we got a handle on it, we worked through it. But, there was constant pressure and they are a very good team.”
Bedford had another chance when Zach Kachman had a long ball played to him and he gained a step on the Shady Side Academy defense. However, his shot from the top of the near penalty box sailed high over the net with 18:07 left.
The Indians broke the shutout on the ensuing counter attack when Farner knocked the ball in from a mass of players in front of the goal for a 1-0 lead with 17:20 to go.
“You can’t complain about their effort. I think we had nerves throughout the first half and we had trouble finding our possession game. They are a little bit faster than what we were used to. Their style is a little bit different with the long balls over the top,” Schrock said. “They are a good team, though. They just won the WPIAL and knocked off the defending state champs (Quaker Valley). I don’t think there’s anything to hang our heads about in a 1-0 loss.”
It was the last match for Bedford seniors Dodge Bebout, Kyle Figueiredo, Wesley Lippincott, Lance Dague, Caleb Beidle, Corban LaMarche, Jordan Dull, Luke Dague, Conrad Brett and Kachman. Bebout, Figueredo, Lippincott, Kachman, Lance Dague and Luke Dague all started the match.
“I think it was a really good season. I thought we played really good soccer all season. I hate to see it end,” Schrock said. “We’re going to miss those seniors. We’re losing 10 of our 27 guys. We’ll kind of be rebuilding next year. It’ll be tough losing those guys, not just in terms of soccer, but in terms of personalities. It’s a good group of kids.”
SCORE BY HALVES
Bedford 0 0 — 0
Shady Side 0 1 — 1
Second half: SS – Farner (unassisted), 62:40.
Records: Bedford (14-4-0), Shade Side (13-6-1).