The La Salle boys' soccer team, ranked fourth in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, struck early against St. Joseph's Prep, then held on late to vault into sole possession of first place in the Catholic League with a 3-2 victory Thursday.
Two goals from junior forward Matt Lucas sandwiched an Andrew Schieve strike, and the host Explorers staked out a three-goal lead a minute into the second half.
The Hawks fought back valiantly behind goals by Anthony Dellapia and Tolu Ibikunle, but could not find the equalizer, falling to 6-2-1 in the league.
La Salle (11-2 overall, 8-1 league) will puts its ranking on the line Saturday afternoon when The Inquirer's No. 6 team, undefeated West Chester Rustin, comes to visit.