Saturday was a banner day for three area high school soccer programs with The Haverford School, CB East and Salesianum all claiming state championships.
The Haverford School, a team that features Philadelphia Union Academy duo Shane Bradley and Conor Bradley, captured the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association title with a 1-0 win over Malvern Prep.
The lone goal came early in the game when the Fords leading scorer Connor Gregory took a shot that was deflected off a Malvern defender for an own goal. Shane Bradley and the Fords defense put the clamps down the rest of the way to secure the 1-0 win and win the program's first state championship since 2012 when Georgetown forward and former Union Academy player Brett Campbell.
Saturday's win set off a celebration on the field with one of the more vibrant student sections you'll see in high school soccer and capped a successful era for the program's seniors, which won fourth straight Inter-Ac league title this season.
CB East complete perfect season with victory at Hersheypark Stadium
Central Bucks East finished off a perfect 26-0 season with the program's first state title at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday night with a 2-0 win over Seneca Valley.
The PIAA Class AAA champions got goals in the first half from Brian Gilligan and Evan Vare, an eight-save performance from goalkeeper Austin Prime and a goal line clearance by Will Eisold to hold off a Raiders offense that had an 8-7 advantage in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The game was the last for head coach Mike Gorni, who announced before the season started that he'd be stepping down at the end of the year.
Salesianum wins sixth straight state title
Delaware's high school soccer powerhouse added another trophy Saturday night with a 2-0 derby win over Wilmington Charter in the Division 1 state championship.
The rivals were locked in a defensive battle before a controversial goal off a quick restart by Gavin Ford put Sallies ahead in the 53rd minute. Trevor Claire added a late insurance goal to make it 2-0, which held up as the final scoreline.
The state title was the sixth in a row for Salesianum and the 12th for the program in the last 14 years.