In its first year as an independent, the Holy Ghost Prep soccer team, a traditional PIAA District One power coached by Ken Lawson ’92, had put together a top-shelf schedule for the fall—including four games vs. Inter-Ac teams, four against Philadelphia Catholic League teams, and three vs. Central League teams.
But when those three aforementioned leagues postponed their fall seasons due to COVID-19, Holy Ghost Prep had to find different opponents, so they reached out to La Salle, St. Joseph’s Prep, and Devon Prep, three like-minded Catholic independent schools that Ghost has established and longstanding relationships with.
Those four Philadelphia area independent Catholic schools—Holy Ghost Prep, Devon Prep, La Salle College High School, and Saint Joseph’s Prep—will compete for the first-ever President’s Cup this fall.
The schools will play games against each other over the course of six weekends, beginning on Sept. 20. After those six contests, the teams will compete in President’s Cup Weekend with the semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 31 and the title game on Sunday, November 1.
These games will highlight a tough 2020 schedule for the Firebirds, who must replace a troika of 2019 first-team All-BAL performers in unflappable goalie TJ Butler and scoring aces Stefen Melekos, Max Guiliana, and Tyler Weimert.
Lawson has a strong nucleus of returning players to build his 2020 squad around in Liam Fleming, Cole Stevens, Gianni Galdo, Connor McGrogan, Zach Simcsak, Joey Reteneller, Tony Colon, Yoofi Danquah, and Easton Ruppersberger.
Here is Holy Ghost Prep's updated 2020 soccer schedule:
Sept. 16 Faith Christian Academy, 1-0 win
Sept. 19 at Dock Mennonite Academy, 1-0 win
Sept. 20 at La Salle College High School, 3-0 loss
Sept. 29 at Neshaminy High School, 3:30 p.m. 1-0 loss
Oct. 3 vs. Devon Prep, 1:30 p.m. 3-0 win
Oct. 5 at Delco Christian, 3:45 p.m. 2-1 win
Oct. 7 at Council Rock South, 3:30 p.m. 2-1 loss
Oct. 9 vs. Dock Mennonite Academy, 3:30 p.m. 5-1 win
Oct. 10 at La Salle College High School, 2:30 p.m. 5-0 loss
Oct. 15 vs. Archbishop Ryan, 3:45 p.m. 1-1 tie
Oct. 20 at Pennsbury East High School, 3:30 p.m. 4-0 loss
Oct. 21 vs. Council Rock South, 3:30 p.m. 3-2 loss
Oct. 23 at Roman Catholic, 7 p.m. 1-0 loss
Oct. 26 vs. Pope John Paul II, 3:45 p.m. 9-0 win
Oct. 28 at Malvern Prep, 3:45 p.m. 2-1 loss
Oct. 30 President's Cup Final vs. La Salle College High School, 4 p.m. 6-1 loss
Nov. 2 PIAA District 1 playoffs, vs. Pottsgrove
Nov. 5 PIAA District 1 playoffs
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