Philadelphia native Jason Pixley celebrates his first-half goal for West Chester in the Division 2 national final on Saturday. The Golden Rams fell, 2-1, to Barry University to finish second.
The West Chester University Golden Rams' luck ran out on Saturday as the men's soccer team fell, 2-1, to Barry University in the NCAA Division II national final.
Philadelphia native Jason Pixley scored the opening goal, which gave West Chester a lead it would hold deep into the second half. But the Bucs scored twice in the last 12 minutes to take the title.
From the Brotherly Game: West Chester University falls short in NCAA Division 2 Championship
Congratulations to the Golden Rams on a terrific run! As a reminder, 22 players on the roster have Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer ties:
James Wood (West Chester), Sr. GK, Penn Fusion Soccer Academy
Jamison Burns (Douglassville), So. MF, Coventry/FC Revolution
Cameron Peploe (Northampton), So. F, Penn Fusion/Lehigh Valley United
Colin Muller (Bethlehem), So. D, Lehigh Valley United/ODP
Doug Goitia (Mount Pocono), So. F, Keystone Athletic/Lehigh Valley United
Kyle Hoops (Phoenixville), Sr. MF, Penn Fusion
Andrew Slater (Hanover), Sr. MF, PA Classics
Tyler Rapposelli (Reading), Sr. MF, Reading Rage SC
Eric Greer (Chadds Ford), Fr. MF, Penn Fusion
Daniel Grindrod (Feasterville), So. MF, YMS
Nick Jachwak (Souderton), Jr. MF, Lehigh Valley United
Sam Phelps (Yardley), Sr. MF, Penn Fusion
Austin Eveland (Kennett Square), Fr. MF, Penn Fusion
Kendall Walkes (West Chester), Fr. MF, Penn Fusion
Nicholas Meola (Avondale), Sr. D, Played for Technical Director Mike Barr at Kennett High School
Connor Sullivan (Bensalem), Fr. D, FC Europa/PSC Coppa
Craig Potts (Stewartstown), Fr. D, HMMS/ODP
Kyle Dutch (Lester), Fr. D, 1776 United/ODP
Jason Pixley (Philadelphia), Sr. F, Fox Chase/Chestnut Hill
Stephen Thompson (Mechanicsburg), So. MF, LDC United
Matthew Good (Denver), Fr. GK, Penn United/Penn Legacy
Drew Fink (Boiling Springs), So. GK, Fusion FC/Carlisle
Other College Weekend Notes
Division III Men (Finals)
Yardley native and former Lower Merion Soccer Club player Joe Braun won a national title as part of the Tufts University Jumbos. Tufts defeated Calvin College, 2-1, in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was the Boston school's third national championship. Congratulations to Joe and the Jumbos!
Division II Women (Finals)
Anneliese Jennings (Warminster, Montgomery United) claimed a national title with Bridgeport University. The Purple Knights beat Grand Valley State, 1-0. Congratulations, Anneliese!
Division I Women (Finals)
Former Penn Fusion and ODP player Rachael Dorwart and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels came up just short in pursuit of the school's 22nd national championship. Florida State defeated UNC, 1-0.
Division I Men's (Quarterfinals)
Morgan Hackworth, a Wallingford native and son of former Philadelphia Union coach John Hackworth, will head back to the Men's College Cup next weekend. Akron defeated three-time defending champion Stanford, 3-2, in the quarterfinals this weekend. Akron heads to Santa Barbara for Division I soccer's final four.