PHILADELPHIA — The Lansdale Catholic boys soccer team played its biggest game in eight years.

After 80 minutes, the Crusaders didn't blink.

And then in the 84th minute, Michael Lewis sent the program to new heights.

Lewis' goal sent the Crusaders to a 1-0 overtime victory over Roman Catholic and put them in the Philadelphia Catholic League finals.

LC (12-7-1) plays Father Judge Tuesday night at 6 at Archbishop Ryan for title.

"Chaos,' said LC coach Joe Wilson of the scene after the game. "People were screaming and going everywhere. It was the most amount of fans that LC has had at a game. It was crazy.'

The Crusaders have already qualified for the District 12 Class AA championship, where they face a Philadelphia Public League opponent 5 p.m. Friday at Northeast HS. A win there gives Lansdale Catholic its first PIAA berth since 2005.

LC had beaten Roman 1-0 in OT earlier in the season with Lewis also getting the game winning goal. Wilson and the Crusaders had a feeling a similar ending was in the cards at Archbishop Ryan.

"This is big,' said Wilson of the victory. "Since we've been in the PCL, we've never been past the 2nd round. The boys are working real well and the chemistry is tremendous. We're looking forward to the match on Tuesday.'


The opportunities were not at a premium Saturday night. LC had six shots and Roman five. But Lewis almost won the game with six minutes left in regulation. He broke in free of the goal but misfired wide of the net.

Two minutes later, Ryan struck with a header that just missed the upper left corner of the net.

Then the Crusaders went to a 4-5-1 formation in OT and Jake Saca found Lewis for the game winner and a spot in the finals Tuesday night at Ryan.

Jack Kane was solid in net with five difficult saves for LC.

"He kept us in the game,' said Wilson of Kane.