On Monday night, the weather did not diminish the Fleetwood attack.
Most of the second half played under stable rain, and the Tigers scored three goals in the last 35 minutes, visiting the garden spot in the opening round of the District Class 3A playoffs and winning 5-2. The game featured a lightning delay of 1 hour and 7 minutes that interrupted play early in the second half.
Owen Schlegel paved the way for Fleetwood with three goals. He scored an opening goal and two goals in the second half, with the final goal hitting the crossbar and entering the net.
“It was great,” said Keith Schlegel about the hat-trick. “I’m happy with him.”
The fourth-seeded Burks champion Tigers (16-5) put pressure on the thirteenth-seeded Spartan (9-8-1) from the opening whistle, immediately creating a scoring chance. Owen Schlegel scored a goal in the 13th minute, and Josh Candelario found the back of the net in the second half of the first half, scoring Fleetwood 2-0.
“I thought the first half was very good,” said Keith Schlegel. “I thought I was able to miss more opportunities.”
The second half began with the goal of Max Reininger, a garden spot. Sparta used a large area of pitch and relied on a cross to an 18-yard box to generate an attack half as early.
The team played in just over six minutes in the second half before the thunderstorm hit the area. The stadium was cleared and the delay gave both sides the opportunity to make adjustments.
“We had to reassess things and get a little smarter,” said Keith Schlegel. “I thought everyone responded well.”
The Tigers looked late and sharp as Owen Schlegel scored two goals in eight minutes to lead 4-1. Davin Millisock scored Fleetwood’s final goal with less than 14 minutes left.
The Tigers managed ownership for most of the second half and did not allow garden spots to generate more than some isolated attacks. Sparta’s only goal in the second half was scored by Luke Steiner.
Fleetwood surpassed Garden Spots 12-7 and retained its ownership advantage throughout.
The Tigers will advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal round against the winners of the 5th Lowward Finn and 12th Cocalico matches. The match will resume at 4 pm on Tuesday after being interrupted by lightning on Monday night.
“You’re happy with yourself and then you’re ready for the next game,” said Keith Schlegel. “I think I’m very positive for the next game.”
Fleetwood advances in PIAA District III Class 3A Youth Soccer Playoffs to defeat Garden Spot
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