Pottsgrove knew it would be up against a fast and talented Octorara team in the District 1 Class AA boys soccer semifinals Wednesday night. The Falcons also knew that they'd have to beat the Braves in the air - and that's exactly what they did.The Falcons scored off two throw-ins and two long free kicks and advanced to tonight's final with a 4-1 win at Conestoga High School's Teamer Field.
Jordan Klinger scored twice, and Bobby Price and Jon Price added a goal apiece for Potts-grove (15-3), who went on to top Holy Ghost Prep 2-0 to win the District 1 title and a slot in the PIAA championships.
The Braves meanwhile see a very good season come to an end.
"We weren't able to put anything together," Octorara head coach Kevin Noon said. "We couldn't put more than three touches together. Give credit to Pottsgrove. They came out and shut us down, and they deserved that win."
Falcons coach Jay Witkowski and his assistants had scouted Octorara (16-4) in a game against West Chester Rustin and also remembered the Braves from when they played them two years ago.
"I knew they were quicker than us," said Witkowski. "I knew they were a very good team. I saw their weakness was in the air."
It took the Falcons just over two minutes to score on a throw-in from Sam Carlson that resulted in a score by Klinger.
The Braves evened the count in the 31st minute on a score by Greg Patrick. But Pottsgrove struck right back just 65 seconds later when Klinger booted a long free kick to Ethan Compton, who fed Bobby Price for a 2-1 lead.
Klinger scored all by himself seven minutes into the second half when he drilled a free kick from 40 yards out into the upper right corner of the net. Then the Falcons wrapped up the scoring with 15 minutes to go on a long throw-in from left to right from Carlson to Jon Price, who beat the Brave keeper to the ball and knocked it into the right corner.
Octorara had also scouted the Falcons, but couldn't stop their set plays.
"They had no shots on net, and we gave up four goals," said Noon. "We had them scouted perfectly. We knew their thrower. We knew their set pieces. We just didn't execute."