Boys Soccer Goes 7-0-1 in 2020 Season

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Warming up before a big game, the boys of West soccer share a laugh.

Trent Valle, Staff Reporter

The fall 2020 Downingtown West sports season was certainly like no other, and the boys soccer team felt the effects of COVID-19 and the various restrictions and postponements that accompanied it. The boys’ season started with non-contact practices over the summer and the team anxiously waiting for the season to start, knowing they had a solid group that could go far.  Last year’s record left West at 11-4-1; this year’s squad was looking for an even better record.

In the pre-season West went undefeated with a record of 8-0. West had a very deep bench which would definitely help down the stretch.  In the regular season, Downingtown West blew past their first 4 opponents out scoring them 9-0. They matched up against another 4-0 team early on in the season, West Chester East. It was a tough battle going into double overtime, but with no break through the final score ended 2-2 in a tie.

West then went on to face cross town rivals Downingtown East beating them 3-0 and featuring a brilliant performance by Liam Kesling (Sr.), who scored and dished out an assist to bring home the win. West went on to win out during the regular season, qualifying for their 9th straight PIAA District One playoff.

After a 7-0-1 regular season record, West sat at the 4th seed going up against 13th seed Upper Dublin. With West’s home field advantage and three-game win streak they were determined to secure a victory. After going down 1-0 to an early deflected goal, West fought hard to get back into the game. Minutes into the second half Jimmy Wagner (Sr.) hit the post after going up for a header. Unfortunately, Downingtown West conceded a second goal to fall short of a win. Upper Dublin advanced to play a 12th seeded Pennridge who was also able to upset their first round opponent.

Junior Kyle McWilliams hopes to lead West to another great season next year. He discussed his goals for the 2021 season, stating, “Next year we will have a decently strong team with some good returning players. There will be a lot of new faces with a strong senior class leaving. Players such as Ethan Ernst (Co-captain), Dylan Englehart (Co-captain), Trent Valle (Co-captain), Liam Keisling, Goetz Rieker, and Jimmy Wagner were all strong starting seniors. We should be a team that is looking to finish high in the district rankings and challenge for a state bid.”

The Downingtown West boys will look to pick back up again in August to start training for another season.  Thanks for a great season, boys, and best of luck to everyone as the fall season approaches!