In a rematch of a MIAA B Conference quarterfinal playoff game from a year ago, Park School controlled possession for most of the afternoon, Monday, withstanding repeated attempts for an equalizing goal by visiting Gerstell Academy as the Bruins walked away with a 1-0 victory over the Falcons.
The win advances Park into Thursday semifinal as the Bruins travel to Severna Park to challenge two-time defending champion Severn. Last fall, Severn ended Park’s season, also in the semifinal round.
Park’s defense kept Gerstell off the board behind a solid defensive effort from it’s back line led by senior goalkeeper Steven Villacorta, and senior backs Zach Charles and Jacob Hulit. Offensively, Park was able to apply the pressure early and often on Falcons’ senior goalie Blake Bissen, who collected seven saves. The knocking on the door payed dividends when junior midfielder Xandi Egginton capitalized on a penalty kick with 26 minutes remaining in the first half. Forward Devin Lowe was fouled in the box to create the opportunity.
On of the Bruins’ goals coach Zack Flores said, “Not let up our intensity level at any point and put together 80 solid minutes of playing together.”
In Tuesday’s other quarterfinal, fourth-seeded Saints Peter & Paul edged fifth-seeded Boys’ Latin, 2-1, earning place in Thursday’s semifinals at second-seeded Friends School.
Thursday’s winners will play for the B Conference championship at Anne Arundel Community College on Sunday afternoon at 3:15 p.m.