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November 7, 2013

H.S. soccer: Southern girls, Danville boys look to improve on exciting state wins

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Not to mention Bzdak, Clark and Levan are the top three assists leaders in the Valley.

Aside from the 11 seniors on the roster, no other Tiger players had state playoff experience prior to this season, but the underclassmen are playing for those seniors.

"I've been playing with them my whole entire life, so I just want to win a state championship with them," Levan said after Tuesday's game. "This is going to be our last year (together); I just want us to succeed a lot."

The Tigers recorded their first 20-win season since going 24-1 in 1998, and won their first state playoff game since appearing in 2010 when they defeated Lakeland.

The Danville boys had an exciting win on Tuesday as well.

After 30 years, the Ironmen finally got that elusive state tournament win they'd been seeking they defeated Tunkhannock in double overtime, 2-1, to advance to Saturday's quarterfinals.

Danville was 0-6 in the state tournament going into Tuesday's game, and it was also the first state appearance for Danville since it last won the District 4 championship in 2003.

"It is nice to finally break through and get a win. It has been a long time coming," Danville coach Brian Dressler said. "We have had some great teams over the years that just fell a little short."

The District 4 Class AA champion Ironmen (16-5) now face District 3 champion Pequea Valley (19-4-1) on Saturday at Hamburg at 4 p.m.

The Braves blanked Salisubry, 2-0, in Tuesday's opener. Victor Weaver has been Pequea Valley's go-to player these playoffs, scoring five goals in the Braves' six postseason games, including four game-winners. Their state win also was the fifth consecutive postseason shutout for Pequea Valley.

While Weaver has been the postseason threat, Ethan Hoover leads the Braves with 14 goals on the year.

Pequea Valley's stingy defense will have an extremely tough test in slowing down Danville, a team which has the third-most goals in the Valley this year with 55.

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