High School Soccer

Public League: Hat-Tricks and Braces

Photo: FTC Senior Captain Damien Schweizer, courtesy of FTC

In the opening of Public League A Division on September 9, 2015, Northeast Senior Adin Hernandez played a notable part in overturning a late Benjamin Franklin HS lead, scoring a hat trick in a comeback that saw the Vikings beat the Electrons 4-2.

Senior Stephan Koprovika also scored three goals as Philadelphia Academy Charter High School downed Olney Charter 5-0. Two freshman, Dylan Devlin and Justin Delgado, also scored. Senior Chris Schlegel supplied three assists for his team.

Washington HS was the other team to get hot, beating Fels 5-1. Stepan Fytsyk scored two for the Eagles, while also recording two assists.

Central played a hot contest on the turf in a 1-0 win over Furness. Furness senior forward Edwin Mendez gave the Central defense fits with his ball skills, and it took seven saves from junior keeper Mike Stedman to earn his first shut out. Central defenders junior Dennis Tuttle and senior Eddie Sulo each made a goal line clearance. Thirty minutes in, Central senior Nicolas Heredia sent in a cross that bounced to sophomore Phillip Vasserman. Vasserman slid the ball under Furness goalie Geri Alimadhi for the only goal of the game.

Franklin Towne Charter faced off with Prep Charter, claiming revenge for the way that Prep edged FTC from the playoffs last year by handing out a 4-0 thumping. Freshman Liam Graves supplied a brace in the first fifteen minutes for the Bridesburg side, while Captain Damien Swiezer hit a 25 yard wonder strike to add to the lead.

On September 8, 2015, the B Division began play. Science Leadership Academy blazed their way to a 7-2 victory over Bartram. Engineering and Science earned a close win against High School of the Future, 1-0. Swenson did well to win 4-1 against Martin Luther King, giving notice that, while newly promoted, the team from the northeast end of the city is going up. Masterman also did well, beating Palumbo 3-0.

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