The State College boys’ soccer team got off toa slow start and never had the chance to recover.
Peters Township scored twice in the game’s first 12 minutes en route to a 4-0 victory over State College on Tuesday night in the PIAA Class AAA first round at Elizabeth Forward High School.
“They were quick and ready to play fast,” Little Lions coach Danny Orton said. “They put a lot of pressure on us. The got two goals in the first 12 minutes and it really knocked us sideways.”
Rylen Faloni scored twice, including one of those early goals, while Jake Valley and Mario Mastrangelo also found the net for the Indians (19-2), who will meet Pittsburgh Central Catholic in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
It was Faloni scoring in the third minute and Valley adding a score in the 12th that left the Little Lions (12-8-2) in a quick hole.
“We didn’t lose to a bad team, there’s no doubt about that,” Orton said. “That first 10 minutes really set the tone. We didn’t get the start we wanted.”
The other two Peters goals came on long-distance shots in the first 12 minutes of the second half, and that sealed the victory for the District 7 champions.
“The game was out of reach at that point,” Orton said. “We gave it a good effort, but they’re very talented.”
State College had a number of near-miss opportunities to get on the scoreboard, including a free kick from Mac Schailey that just missed the post, another near-miss from Lucas Calvert and a second-half short from TD Hunter that was tipped by keeper Joshua Deyarmin, who made five saves for the shutout, around the post.
Terrance Saylor made eight saves for State College.
The Little Lions had been rolling, unbeaten in their last nine games, but ran up against a program that was just too strong in the Indians.
“This can’t detract from what had been a great season,” Orton said. “Predominantly it was a speed-of-play issue. The difference was half-a-second on the ball. We were half-a-second slower in the first 15 minutes. They’re going to punish you and they did.