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PA Classics Take Group 2 Lead with Win against CASL Chelsea FC Academy

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (July 10, 2011) – PA Classics moved into the top place of Group 2 with a narrow 1-0 victory against CASL Chelsea FC Academy at Development Academy Finals Week. Zachary Herstek scored a 10th minute goal and the stingy PA Classics defense was able to hold on, limiting CASL to just six shots on the night.

The only team to emerge victorious in any of the four U-15/16 games Sunday afternoon, PA Classics is in the driver’s seat as the teams compete for a place in the championship match that takes place Saturday, July 17. Classics will play Real Salt Lake AZ on Tuesday, July 12, at 2 p.m. CT. CASL will look to make up ground when they take on North Carolina Fusion on Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT at Uihlein Soccer Park.

PA Classics came out firing on all cylinders and capitalized on their first dangerous opportunity. Quincy Thomas made a run down the right wing with speed and played a driven ball into the box. An attempted clearance led to the ball bouncing in the area before Herstek struck a half-volley that gave CASL goalkeeper Samuel Williams little chance.

Herstek nearly doubled Classics’ lead in the 37th minute. A good passing sequence between Thomas and Connor Maloney produced a cross into the box, where Herstek was striding towards goal. The midfielder halted his run and got off a half volley that flew just high.

In the second half, CASL picked up its pressure and possession, but the PA Classics defense held firm. Goalkeeper Brent Arnold was forced into only two saves on the night as he posted a shutout in his side’s first ever match in Finals Week.

Match: PA Classics vs. CASL Chelsea FC Academy
Date: July 10, 2011
Competition: 2011 Development Academy Finals Week; U-15/16 Group 2
Venue: Valley Field; Milwaukee, Wis.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CT
Weather: 75 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary:           1     2      F
PA Classics                         0     1     1
CASL Chelsea FC Academy   0     0     0

PAC – Zachary Herstek 10th minute

PAC: 1-Brent Arnold; 23-Paul Carpenter (41-Bryce Cregan, 60), 24-Jonathan Wenger, 20-Todd Pratzner, 21-Quincy Thomas; 17-Cody Shirk (44-Nicholas Williams, 50), 12-Christian Kaschak, 19-Zachary Herstek (13-Eric Lavery, 70), 8-Peter Ayers (16-Colin McNabb, 55); 3-Connor Maloney, 4-Kyle Bitterman
Subs not used: 10-Alec Duong, 13-Eric Lavery, 44-Joseph Julius
Head Coach: Steve Klein

CASL: 18-Samuel Williams; 42-Michael Hinkson, 44-Nicholas Williams, 47-Griffin Hefner, 32-Andrew Barber, 36-Kellen Foster (40-Andrew Park, 41), 39-Alexander Olofson, 35-Tyler Carroll (43-William Thompson, 50); 37-Yanni Hachem, 34-Fernando Castellanos, 46-Eric O’Brien
Subs not used: 1-Everett McCord, 41-Davis Robinson, 45-Josh Hong
Head coach: Carlos Somoano

Stats Summary: PAC / CASL
Shots: 6 / 6
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 4 / 8
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
PAC – Christian Kaschak (caution) 29th minute

Referee: Kevin Terry, Jr.
Assistant Referee 1: Desmond Miller
Assistant Referee 2: Marc Lawrence
Fourth Official: Cedric Adams Man of the Match: Jonathan Wenger