BOYS SOCCER: Bombard’s goal lifts Spring-Ford past Phoenixville

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Spring-Ford’s Dan DiLiberto, left, and Phoenixville’s John Hopkins go for control of the ball during Tuesday’s game at Charlestown Park. (Barry Taglieber)

Spring-Ford’s Dan DiLiberto, left, and Phoenixville’s John Hopkins go for control of the ball during Tuesday’s game at Charlestown Park. (Barry Taglieber)

CHARLESTOWN — Junior forward Nick Bombard delivered the fatal blow to Phoenixville as he secured the 2-1 win for Spring-Ford in the Pioneer Athletic Conference boys soccer matchup Tuesday afternoon at Charlestown Park.

The wheels fell off for Phoenixville in the final six minutes of the game. The first strike came when Spring-Ford defender Kole Lyons pushed past goalkeeper Bryan Furr, who came out near the top of the penalty area, and buried an open shot in to tie the game at 1.

Before Phoenixville had the chance to recover, Spring-Ford pounced on the lead. A minute after Lyon’s goal, Bombard tallied one of his own.

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“That was the spark that we needed because everyone just felt a surge and that was like a dagger to the heart for Phoenixville,” said Spring-Ford head coach Doug Landis. “It was almost like we needed life and gave us that life.”

Spring-Ford’s players were beginning to feel the frustration as Phoenixville was able to keep the box mostly clear of opposition.

The pressure was felt when Phoenixville took the lead in the 53rd minute of the contest when defender Justin Wentz got one by goalkeeper Pat Swartz.

“We tried a new formation and we clogged up the middle and it seemed to work,” Wentz said. “I thought we were dominating almost the whole game and then once we scored the goal, it just helped more.”

Phoenixville’s play, and specifically that of co-captain Wentz, elevated after the goal.

“He’s a leader in the way he plays and the way he talks to the guys,” said Phoenixville head coach Alejandro Franco. “Everybody listens to him and everybody looks up to him. He’s like my second coach out there.”

Unfortunately for Wentz and his team, Spring-Ford was able to swing the momentum and put Phoenixville back on its heels.

“After 75 minutes of holding and fighting and almost anxious to win the game, it’s very frustrating,” Franco said. “The second goal was just lack of concentration. It’s pretty hard to regain full concentration right after a goal. When a second goal comes right after, there it all goes.”

The defeat puts Phoenixville’s record to 3-5 overall (3-3 in league play).

Though the loss was tough to swallow for Phoenixville, the team was able to walk away with a moral victory.

“They’re supposed to be the best team in the PAC-10,” Wentz said. “Even though we lost, it’s a huge confident boost because they’re supposed to wipe us on the floor and we just showed them up. It shows that we can pretty much take any team if we play our game.”

The win for Spring-Ford gives the team an 8-2-1 overall record (5-1-1 in league play) on the season with the playoffs looming ahead.

“We just have to keep pace with Boyertown right now,” Landis said. “That’s our goal. We’re looking ahead and we see who the top of our division is and we’ve just got to keep winning.”

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