The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 16, 2013

Jon Gerardi's high school soccer column: Danville boys notch 400th program win


Daily Item

---- — It was a milestone that all but went under the radar for many.

No big celebrations afterward; no ceremony of any sort were in the works, or planned for, either.

Danville coach Brian Dressler simply said that "it will make (the season) a little more memorable in the long run, but overall it was just another win."

That routine, run-of-the-mill win, if you will, though was a big one.

It didn't clinch districts or give Danville a league title, but it did make history.

Saturday's 14-0 thumping of Berwick earned the Ironmen their 400th win in its storied history. And for Dressler, it's just another milestone he's thankful to have been a part of.

Dressler was an assistant coach when Danville earned its 200th program win in 1998 (defeating Millville on the road) and its 300th in 2004 (again against Millville, this time in Danville). But now he can finally say that he got a milestone win as a head coach this past Saturday.

"I would like to say what an honor and privilege it is to coach the boys' soccer team at Danville, and I am so glad that I have been involved for such a long time and been able to experience it all."

The Ironmen have a long history with success, so it really should come as no surprise to area fans that Danville notched its 400th program win.

Afterall, since getting a program in 1983 the Ironmen have just six total losing seasons -- three of which came from 2008-2010 -- and have won a District 4 banner five times in the past 30 years.

In total, Danville's been to the district final six times -- the only championship loss coming in 1992 -- and six times have gone to the PIAA state tournament.

"Every year the players come in with the mindset that they are going to win every game," Dressler said. "That goes a long way."

When this year started, the Ironmen sat at 390 program wins, and with an 18-game schedule and an always-talented squad, Dressler was fairly confident that it would happen by season's end.

"It was in the back of my mind," Dressler said. "I never really worried about it. I knew that it would come in time this year."

Dressler's just the fourth coach all-time for Danville and with 67 career wins, can surpass Chris Johns (2003-2008), who has 68.

Regardless, while it may not have been made into a big deal after the home win this past Saturday, you can believe that the Ironmen -- past and present -- are more than proud of making history.

n Jon Gerardi covers high school soccer for The Daily Item. Email comments to jgerardi@dailyitem.com or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JonGerardi.