Heartbreak in Hershey

17 Seconds.  17 seconds separated the Radnor HS Boys Varsity from overtime in the Class 4A state final Saturday night in Hershey.

 

The hard-fought, evenly matched game deserved overtime.  But it was not to be, as Wilson HS was awarded a controversial goal on a ball that barely (if at all) crossed the line.  And with that goal, Radnor’s state championship dreams ended.

 

Radnor had its chances.  Jackson Birtwistle rocketed a shot from 25 yards over the crossbar in the first half.  A header off a restart went just over as well.  And the crossbar denied a sure goal minutes into the second half.  But Wilson’s defense prevented Radnor from developing sustained pressure and limited the restarts on which Radnor has proved so dominant during the playoffs.

 

Radnor’s defense was strong as well.  While Wilson generated pressure, few chances resulted.  Until there were 17 seconds left.

 

Radnor finished as the Class 4A  state runner-up with a record of 20-4-2.  While it graduates 11 seniors, Radnor’s future is bright.  The JV finished 13-2-1 and a talented group of underclassmen is on the way.