Prep soccer defeats Harbor Creek, wins District 10 championship

November 11, 2021

On Nov. 2, the Rambler soccer team took on the Harbor Creek Huskies for the annual PIAA District 10 championship. 

Prep kicked off with some key players lining up, including Noah Handzel (sophomore), Reece Johnson (junior), Gabriel Rosenberg (senior), and Michael Mucha (senior). Harborcreek also kicked off with their star player, Justin Hakel (senior). 

The Ramblers took the lead early, scoring only 11 minutes into the game. Reece Johnson scored the first goal.

“[T]he goal I scored was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” Reece said. “I felt like we were sharp with the ball and played our game.”

The same feeling came from Noah Handzel who assisted him.

“I saw Reece in the box, and I knew I just had to get it to him,” Noah said.

Prep stayed on the attack until later in the first half. Justin Hakel drove towards the net and scored for the Huskies, making it 1-1. This put the Ramblers under pressure with the Huskies having the momentum in the game for the rest of the first half. 

However, into the second half, it was started with a goal by Noah Handzel.

“After the assist, I figured I’d get a goal too,” joked the sophomore forward. Noah has had an outstanding season. With over 20 goals, he is the leading scorer for Cathedral Prep. 

Later, another sophomore, Luke Trocki, placed a third ball behind the Huskies’ goalie, making the game 3-1 in favor of Prep. The Ramblers were on a roll and weren’t allowing any shots from Harbor Creek.

“With the game being tied at half-time, I told the team three simple words: we’re not losing.”

The game ended with the final score remaining 3-1 as Cathedral Prep won their eighth consecutive District 10 title.

“One of the best feelings to have as a senior is knowing that you’ve won as many District 10 championships possible,” said senior and four-year varsity player, Gabe Rosenberg. “I’ll never forget this moment, and I know the rest of the team won’t either.”

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