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November 10, 2013

Boys soccer: Danville drops heartbreaker in OT in Class AA state quarterfinals

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"He came up with some great saves as always (and) the defense played great," Danville coach Brian Dressler said.

"They were terrific. They defended really well and kudos to them, they made some adjustments at halftime which really made a difference in the game," Martin added. "Their back four were excellent. They didn't make very many mistakes and they made life difficult (for us)."

Pequea Valley kept Danville's defense busy the entire game. The District 3 champion Braves (20-4-1) recorded 23 shots on the night to the Ironmen's one -- 22 of which came in regulation.

"They had chances but they weren't clear-cut chances. There was always a guy right on them. There was pressure in their face," Dressler said. "They didn't have that open shot or easy shot. There was always a defender right there to put pressure on them. So we didn't give them anything. That kid (Weaver), that was a beautiful finish there at the end. You can't take anything away from that. That was just a great finish."

The Danville defense also yielded just four total shots from inside the goal box, three from Weaver.

About halfway through overtime, it looked as if Danville finally got the lucky break it needed. Jake Hartzel took a through-ball down between the boxes before getting tangled with the goalie. Pequea Valley goalie Owen Geedy couldn't hold onto the ball and Hartzel maintained possession just past him.

Hartzel wasted little time as he tried a shot to the far post. The Danville fans in attendance took a collective gasp as it looked like it may have been the game-winner, but watched it go just wide of the net.

"Jake right there, bounced off the goalie (and has) wide open goal (but) just misses it," Dressler said. "These situations, you get one or two chances. You don't take them, you go home."

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