Holy Ghost Prep remained one of the area’s top teams in 2019. The Firebirds (15-7 overall, 10-3 BAL) reached the PIAA District 1 Class 3A title, beating Upper Perkiomen and Pottsgrove before losing to Strath Haven in overtime, 2-1.
Ken Lawson’s squad won a first round state playoff game vs. Northwestern Lehigh before falling in the state quarterfinals to Archbishop Wood.
Ken Lawson ’92, a member of the very exclusive HGP Athletic Hall of Fame, has an overall record of 167-44-7. The assistant coaches on Coach Lawson’s staff include David Simpson, Tricia Graff, Michael Lawson, Amanda Kirby, and Addison Reyes.
In 2020, the Firebirds will have to 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.
“This senior class won three BAL titles, went to three District 1 finals, and qualified for state three out of four years,” said Lawson. “We thank them for continuing the strong tradition of HGP soccer and wish them the best in all their future endeavors.”
But Holy Ghost Prep, a traditional District 1 power, should remain so in 2020. As the program leaves the BAL and competes as an independent next year, Lawson will build his 2020 squad around key returnees Liam Fleming, Cole Stevens, Gianni Galdo, Zach Simcsak, Joey Reteneller, Tony Colon, Yoofi Danquah, Anthony Fanelli, and Easton Ruppersberger.
HGP seniors who will play college soccer: Alex Daniele (Moravian College), Stefen Melekos (East Stroudsburg), and Tyler Weimert (Penn College)
2019 All-BAL selections
First Team: Stefen Melekos ’20, TJ Butler ’20, and Max Guiliana ’20
Second Team: Tyler Weimert ’20, Gianni Galdo ’21, and Liam Fleming ’21
Team Award Winners
The Michael A. Fuccello Memorial Award for Soccer (given to the senior member of the varsity soccer team who exhibits commitment, compassion and dedication to the soccer team): TJ Butler
The Soccer Team Sportsmanship Award (presented to the member of the varsity team who embodies our mission statement on and off the field, and sets the best example of the character of the Holy Ghost Prep Athlete. The name of this 2019-20 school year winner for boys’ soccer: Brendan McManus
The following student-athletes earned 2019 varsity certificates and letters: