By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
HAMBURG -- With the PA announcer counting down the final 10 seconds, Pequea Valley senior Victor Weaver had a breakaway and one last opportunity to prevent the game from going into double overtime.
Weaver dribbled down to just in front of the 18-yard line and, as Danville goalie Jon Hauck came charging at him, Weaver hit a perfect shot, tapping it up and over Hauck and into the back of the net.
Weaver simply dropped to his knees on the 18 as a teammate hugged him.
There was no screaming or elaborate celebration. His body language said it all: "Finally!"
After almost 95 full minutes of physical soccer with numerous chances to score, Saturday's PIAA Class AA quarterfinal game was finally over.
Weaver's goal with five seconds left in overtime was all the defending state champions needed for a 1-0 win over Danville at Hamburg High School.
"His soccer IQ's excellent. He understands the situation and he does really good things and it's what sets him apart (from other players)," Pequea Valley coach Robbie Martin said of Weaver.
The win was Pequea Valley's sixth consecutive postseason shutout.
Hauck played spectacular all game for Danville (16-6), repeatedly making great saves and, along with the solid back line of the Ironmen, kept them in the game against a Pequea Valley team that wasn't afraid to fire away.
Late in the first half, Pequea Valley's Micah Waltman had a great scissor kick behind him to the top-right corner of the goal. Had it not been for Hauck's athleticism, it would have easily been a goal.
Hauck later stopped a shot by Weaver in the second half by getting his body in front of the shot to deflect it out before the Danville defense kicked it out of harm's way.