Holy Ghost Prep (17-0-1 record in 2018) is the No. 1 seed in the PIAA District 1 Class AAA tournament.
The Firebirds will host eighth seeded Bishop Shanahan in the district quarterfinals on Oct. 24 at Bryn Athyn College.
Holy Ghost Prep owns an impressive 35-2-1 record over the past two seasons. The offense is led by senior Nkosi Graham (26 goals, five assists this season), an Evansville University commit who needs one more goal to tie the HGP school record for goals in a single season.
While Graham earns his fair share of headlines, the Firebirds are a well-balanced team with plenty of proven performers all over the field, including Tyler Weimert (nine goals, nine assists in 2018), Stefen Melekos (nine goals, six assists). Ethan Ruppersberger (three goals 11 assists), Max Guiliana (three goals, seven assists), Matt McGinley (three goals, six assists), and Zach Simcsak (four goals, two assists).
Goalie TJ Butler has been a stalwart in goal, registering nine shutouts and allowing just 11 goals in 18 games this season.
The winner of the Oct. 24 game between Holy Ghost Prep and Bishop Shanahan will face the Lower Moreland-Phoenixville game in the PIAA Class AAA soccer semifinals on Oct. 29.
The District 1 Class AAA title game will take place on Nov. 1 with both teams qualifying for the state tournament.
Soccer Night at Chickie's and Pete's!
Come join us for a night of celebration and camaraderie on October 5, 2018.
Holy Ghost Prep vs. William Tennent at Talen Energy Stadium
Live Stream Link Sponsored by Shady Brook Farm:
Info. for guests:
Tickets/Parking – Tickets and Parking are free. Lot BVIP will be open for all parking and there will be no parking attendants on site. Lot BVIP is directly next to the practice fields on the West side of the stadium. Parking map here.
Concession Stands – We will have one concession stand open. No alcohol will be sold.
Entrance into the Stadium – The gate will open at 6pm. The only entrance that will be open is the Supporters Gate. That is the closest entrance to Lot B and on the Southwest side of the stadium. That means it’s on the river side and on the opposite side of the bridge. It does say Supporters Gate on the outside.
Union Shop – This wasn’t originally the plan but we did get this approved. The Union Shop (located behind section 112) should be open until a little after half-time of the second match.
Sitting Arrangement – Holy Ghost Prep will be in sections 102-106 and William Tennent will be in 108-111. 107 will not be available for seating.
Info. for teams:
Locker Rooms – Both teams will have access to a locker room.
Rosters and starting lineup – We will need the rosters and everyone playing in the game will need to sign attached waivers. Please let us know who the starters will be that way we can announce the starting lineups. Letting us know the day of the game is fine
Warm-ups – Warm-ups will take place on the field from 6:00-6:40. Then can head back into the locker room for pre-game speeches. 6:50 everyone can report to the players tunnel and we will bring both teams and the referees out together for national anthem.
Field usage – We will ask for the teams help on this. We ask to only have varsity players and coaches to be on the field at any time.
Walk out to field – After warm-ups we do ask everyone to go back to locker room. We will have bench players and coaches walk out first. Then we will play the MLS theme song to have the starting lineups and refs walk to.
Team Photos – I think it is important to take some team photos on the field. We can do this post-game.
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PSCA AA Coach of the Year - 2013
Bucks County Courier Times Coach of the Year - 2013
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