By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
WILLIAMSPORT--As Bronson Ferster was getting ready to attempt to convert a corner kick about midway through the first half, Lewisburg coach Skip Kratzer looked around and realized that all of his tall players were standing next to him on the bench.
The first-year coach jokingly thought how he wish he had some of them in at that moment.
But as the play developed Kratzer saw Max Reed standing by the near post and watched as he headed in Ferster's corner for the Green Dragons goal.
The goal was the only one either team would score, and it gave Lewisburg a tough 1-0 win over a fast and talented Coughlin team on Tuesday evening at Lancer Community Stadium in the boys soccer Class AA state tournament.
They advance to play Tulpehocken on Saturday at a time and place to be determined.
"It just happened to be right where I was. It was a little bit lucky, I'm going to be honest, but I just tried to get a head on it and see what could come of it," Reed said.
Coughlin possessed a ton of speed, but the Green Dragons defense failed to give up anything inside, forcing the Crusaders to take shots from the outside, which is the exact game plan Kratzer drew up. Coughlin had eight shots, but only four were on goal (three in the second half).
"That was the plan to let them go outside, we knew they were going to try to take us on the outside," Kratzer said. "Let them go out there because they can dance all they want out there as long as we don't let them come across the middle and be dangerous."
Coughlin had a few solid chances late in the game to tie it up and perhaps swing some momentum away from Lewisburg.