Phoenixville’s Josh Granese (2) and Spring-Ford’s Cole Pajovich compete for a header during Wednesday afternoon’s PAC-10 boys soccer
Phoenixville's Josh Granese (2) and Spring-Ford's Cole Pajovich compete for a header during Wednesday afternoon's PAC-10 boys soccer game. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)

ROYERSFORD — Spring-Ford senior defender Kole Lyons had a big day at the offensive end of the field against Phoenixville Wednesday afternoon.

Lyons scored both goals as the Rams edged the Phantoms, 2-1, in a Pioneer Athletic Conference inter-divisional boys soccer contest at Coach McNelly Stadium.

The Rams stayed on top in the Liberty Division with a 7-0 record (9-1 overall). The Phantoms dropped to 2-5 in the Frontier Division (2-7 overall).

Spring-Ford took a 1-0 halftime lead as Lyons knocked home a corner kick from David Gulati at the 31-minute mark.

Phoenixville tied the score as Joe Dowd converted a rush at the 57th minute mark. But then Lyons got loose on a breakaway down the left side with a perfect pass from Nick Bombard a minute later for what turned out to be the decisive goal.

Spring-Ford’s Tyler Holms and Phoenixville’s Joe Dowd compete for possession during Wednesday’s PAC-10 boys soccer game. (Photo by Barry
Spring-Ford's Tyler Holms and Phoenixville's Joe Dowd compete for possession during Wednesday's PAC-10 boys soccer game. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)

"I think we work as a team,' said Lyons. "We have really good depth with our bench. If someone is struggling, the bench comes through. Our midfielders, strikers and defense work well together.'

The Rams hope to continue playing strong soccer as they head down the stretch run of the schedule toward the PAC-10 and District 1 playoffs.

"By the playoffs we want to be playing on all cylinders and keep going on to districts,' said Lyons.

The Rams held a 16-5 advantage in shots on goal as Phoenixville goalkeeper Bryan Furr had another busy day with 14 saves. Patrick Swartz made four saves for Spring-Ford.

The Rams led in corner kicks with five, including four during the second half.


"Phoenixville played very well,' said Spring-Ford coach Doug Landis. "Their kids hustled and they were beating us to the ball. I think we kind of underestimated that team and that is partly my fault. They played the offside trap and put pressure on the ball. We couldn't adjust. We were fortunate to score with Kole on the corner kick.'