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Quaker Valley defeat New Hope-Solebury, 2-1, to capture its eighth PIAA boys soccer title

Quaker Valley wins record 8th PIAA title - Photo from PIAA Twitter

There were no hiccups this year for Quaker Valley boys soccer.

They took care of business in the regular season.

Avenged WPIAL and PIAA playoff losses from the previous two seasons by beating both Shady Side Academy and Deer Lakes in the postseason this year when it counted most. Then the Quakers squad, with a handful of determined seniors, cruised through the state playoffs — capping an impressive season by winning semifinal and finals games played in less than 48 hours.

On Friday, in Hershey the Quakers finished the deal, breaking a scoreless tie at the half as Dom Reiter scored the go-ahead goal in the 62nd minute.  The University of Pittsburgh recruit kept pressing hard and trying to get behind the New Hope back line all match, and finally broke through to bury one in the upper 90.

It was  55th goal of the season.

In the 70th minute — it was time for Dom’s brother — Fritz Reiter to blow by the Lions’ defense — with plenty of room to shoot — putting Quaker Valley up 2-0.

New Hope-Solebury made things interesting late, as Ben Koeppen’s goal cut the lead.  The Quakers, though, held on in the final six minutes.

This title is the eighth in Quaker Valley’s storied program history, in its13th appearance in the final, the most of any boys program in the state. The Quakers finished 24-2-1 overall.




John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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