Unionville edges Rustin

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West Chester Rustin's Dane Anderson (right) reacts as Unionville's Jack Seilus celebrates a goal with teammate Sam Alfonsi. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Brian Cortese can go down the line and tell you what each member of the Unionville boys' soccer team's back line brings to the Indians.

Dan Beckman, he says, is the "toughest tackler" on the team. Cortese called going up against his fellow senior in practice a "scary situation."

Then there's Jack Seilus. At 6-foot-2, the junior uses his height to his advantage in winning headers. Seniors AJ Bernstein and Andrew Chegia bring the experience to the right side. As for Cortese, the cocaptain's contribution to the back line is his speed.

Put it all together, and the backline is pretty good, to say the least.

It's a fact West Chester Rustin learned the hard way Tuesday night in a clash of Ches-Mont League American Division opponents. Unionville won on the road, 1-0.

"We are playing really well as a team, and we are all communicating," Seilus said.

"We are all hustling. We are all playing for each other, moving the ball well, and possessing."

Seilus scored the lone goal on free kick by Unionville (10-0-1 overall, 5-0 division) just 10 minutes into the contest.

Tim Yarosh set a beautiful ball into the box that Cortese got his head on. His shot was saved by Rustin goalie Liam Grady, but Seilus was there to pick up the rebound.

It was his first career varsity goal.

After the strike from Seilus, the Golden Knights (9-3, 5-1) ratcheted up the pressure, putting ball after ball into the Unionville defensive end.

Instead of folding under the up-tempo attack, the Indians calmly cleared the services and made clean tackles.

With just seconds remaining on the clock, Cortese found himself with the ball and 50 yards of space ahead of him.

He dribbled down the right side, and although he was far from the goal, some of his teammates were yelling at him to shoot.

"I did not think about shooting it," Cortese said, laughing. "It didn't cross my mind."

With the way Cortese plays defense, why would it?

Unionville 1 0 – 1

W.C. Rustin 0 0 – 0

Goal: U-Jack Seilus.

Saves: U-Henry Shafer 2; WCR-Liam Grady 4.

 


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