Torch FC draw 2-2 at home against West Chester United

Buxmont Torch drew 2-2 on June 25th in a highly competitive and contested Keystone conference match where playoff spots are currently up for grabs.  West Chester United got the better of the possession in the first 20 minutes with Torch FC  looking dangerous on the counter with the speedy outside mids Thiago Dos Santos and Dominic Powers offering great width on the left side. After the first 20 minutes the game started to become more physical when out of counter attack winger Thiago Dos Santos in the 22′ minute received a layoff from forward Phil Shafer and with not much pressure blasted a 30 yard shot off the near post and into the net stunning the West Chester defense. After this period Torch FC started to gain momentum and combine with some nice intricate passes in the midfield and forwards. However, in the 30th minute the Torch were forced to make a change after forward Phil Shafer pulled up with a groin strain after a long run down the line and had to leave the match making way for Brazilian forward and leading scorer Pedro Souza. After the substitution the game became more physical and animated with a dangerous challenge made on winger Thiago dos Santos near the end of the 1st half. However, the Torch added a second goal when forward Pedro Souza took a shot from the top of the 18 yard box which was saved but to a wide open Mitchell Robinson who tapped in the rebound for his first goal of the season. After this second goal the Torch went into halftime with a deserved lead.


The second half brought in two quick goals from West Chester United in the first five minutes. West Chester who came out with a renewed spirit scored in the 48th minute with a through ball to Jake Lister who finished off a half volley shot with aplomb into the corner past the outreached hands of goalkeeper Matt Palmer. Then, after conceding just minutes later West Chester added a second with a very similar play with a through ball being played on the ground to Francisco Palma who took a shot which deflected into the net in the 51st minute leaving the Torch stunned. After the quick barrage of attack from West Chester the Torch settled down and regained much more possession.

As the second half progressed the game opened up dramatically with end-to-end action and a couple of yellow cards from both teams, Torch FC outside back Matthew Giudice picked up a booking for a foul outside the box in the 72nd minute and a few minutes later (#6 for West Chester) received a yellow for impeding a dangerous run made by outside back Will Woodfin who could have been through for a dangerous counter attack in the 75th minute. After this series of action, the game settled down and the teams settled for a 2-2 draw not without a late chance by West Chester who in the 86th minute almost capitalized on a defensive error made by Torch FC.

Match Report by: Phil Shafer

Photo Credit: Joey Weever

Match Report: Buxmont Torch FC vs. West Chester United

Date: Sunday June 25, 2017

Weather: 78 F Partly Cloudy

Upcoming matches: Torch FC (4-2-2) remain in 3rd place and will travel to St. John Vianney High School in Trenton, NJ to take on 1st place New Jersey Copa FC (5-1-2) at 7pm on July 1st. Meanwhile West Chester FC (5-1-2) with tonight’s result falls to second place and will take on Greater Binghamton FC (0-8-0) at Visions field in Binghamton, NY.

Man of the Match: Thiago dos Santos / Midfielder

Torch FC Line-up: Goalkeeper #0 Matt Palmer, Right Back #10 Matthew Giudice, Center Back #21 Jeremiah Mateola (46′ #27 Tyler Smith) Center Back #3 Joshua Coupar, Left Back #5 Will Woodfin, Center Midfield #12 Khalil Karl, Center Midfield #17 Phil Hagerty (73′ #13 Jake Rudloff), Right Mid #11 Thiago Dos Santos, Left Mid #2Dominic Powers (71′ #20 Kenny Varady, 88′ #4 Cody Gangaware), Attacking Midfield #8 Mitchell Robinson (65′ #15 Cody Boerema), Forward #7 Phil Shafer (31′ #25 Pedro Souza)


Torch FC bounce back to a 4-2 win over Junior Lone Star

The Buxmont Torch added a fantastic 4-2 win over Junior Lone Star FC from Philadelphia, PA to keep playoff hopes alive.

The Torch were highly motivated from the beginning and it was evident in the style of play this evening. From the beginning the Torch put pressure on The stars. In the 3rd minute forward Phil Shafer played a nicely weighted through ball to outside back Phill Hagerty who took the ball alone into the box where he was fouled by a Lone Star defender. Captain Khalil Karl moments later converted from the PK spot to give the Torch an early lead. Even after the early goal the Torch kept up the pressure and kept possession well until Northeast conference Star Anthony Allison scored in the 13th minute. Allison received a weighted ball over the top and finished a 1 v 1 against goalkeeper Matt Palmer.

After this goal the game evened out with both teams having a similar amount of possession and a few half chances being created most notably in the 25th minute when forward Anthony Allison latched onto a bad back pass to Matt Palmer who made a terrific save to deny Allison his second of the night. Towards the end of the half the Torch went more physical against the stars and nearly capitalized on several long throw-ins and free kicks. In the 41st minute Outside back Matthew Giudice threw in the ball deep into the Lonestar defensive end where it found the head of Forward Phil Shafer who knocked the ball down to Midfielder Phil Hagerty inside the box whose shot struck the Arm of the Lone Star defender but no penalty kick was awarded.

The second half saw a completely different tone to the first. The pace of the game was much slower and fewer chances were created. The play also became highly physical with several aerial battles and many fouls being committed. In the 63rd minute forward Anthony Allison of Junior Lone Star who was dangerous all night behind the Torch FC backline converted on another 1 V 1 against Torch Goalkeeper Matt Palmer. Shortly after, Torch FC turned on the pressure and received many free kicks in dangerous areas but Junior Lone Star remained resolute on defense. Later into the second half Torch FC coach Rich Sparling made several changes and brought in fresh legs and the floodgates opened with three goals being scored in a 7 minute period.

The first of which was scored by Midfielder Joey Weaver who received a lovely pass out wide from midfielder Phil Hagerty and finished the ball with a low right footed shot underneath the Lone Star keeper. Just minutes later Torch FC scored again in the 86th minute after outside back Matthew Giudice made a heroic run beating several Lone Star players to calmly slot a pass back to forward Pedro Souza who finished the shot calmly into the lower left corner for his fourth goal of the season and fourth game winning goal. The Torch put the icing on the cake when in the 90th minute Pedro Souza was brought down in the box where captain Khalil Karl finished from the spot for his second goal of the game.

Moments later the referee blew the final whistle. The 4-2 win improves Torch FC to a 4-2-1 record and propels them to 3rd place where Junior Lone Star drops to 3-4-0 dropping them into 6th position in a highly competitive Keystone conference with just three games remaining for both teams.

Upcoming Matches: Buxmont Torch hosts first place West Chester SC (5-1-1) Sunday June 25th at 6PM at PennRidge High School.

Junior Lonestar (3-4-0) travels to Millerville University to take on Seventh place Hershey FC (2-5-0)


Final: Buxmont Torch 4 x Junior Lone Star FC 2
Location: PennRidge High School Perkasie, PA 7PM
Weather: 80 F, Mostly Sunny
Attendance: 75

Goals: Khalil Karl (4’PK, 90’PK), Pedro Souza (86′), Joey Weever (83′)

Starting Line-up: Cody Boerema, Khalil Karl, Matthew Giudice, Matt Palmer, Tyler Smith, Will Woodfin (Cody Gangaware 38′), Joshua Coupar, Phil Hagerty (Joey Weever 77′), Kenny Varady (Dominic Powers 46′), Phil Shafer (Pedro Souza 67′), Mitchel Robinson (Jake Rudloff 61′)


Report written by: Phil Shafer / Torch FC

Photo Credit: Fernando DeSouza / Torch FC



WPSL Action – Torch FC Ladies unbeaten at home

Women’s Torch FC (5-1-2) earn six more points at home beating Philly fever 5-2 on Wednesday evening and 1-0 against a strong Lehigh Valley Tempest side.   

Coach Richie Sparling said after the win, “The girls had more confidence on ball and played better tonight than this past weekend. We are confident in our formation as long as we continue to play hard we will win games.”

Philly Fever Game Report

Torch FC had control of the match and at times looked strong on the ball creating more chances for shots on goal than Philly Fever. The first goal for the Torch FC ladies came early the game by Sierra Beal. Philly Fever responded well after going down 1-0 and had some nice opportunities in front of the net. Eventually in the 31’ Fever tied it up to a 1-1 score.  

Not long after, Caitlyn Hayes scored to make it a 2-1 and Erin Stevenson hit a beautiful shot outside the box to lead Torch FC into the half up 3-1. 

The final score of the game was 5-2 for the Torch FC Ladies.

After a tough away weekend it was good to be back at Pennridge High School and get a win. Caitlyn Hayes said after the game, “We just listened to Coach Richie during training and we put into practice the things that he instilled in us, and we didn’t do that last two games. ”

Torch FC midfielder Sierra Beal said, “We focused on working better together as a team moving the ball and just unifying us in practice yesterday, it really helped us get back. As long as we continue to play together and play our soccer we will do well”

The Torch FC ladies now are in 2nd place in the WPSL standings. Note: The top team in the division will go to the playoffs. The ladies need to secure a win on July 8th rematch against the number 1 Penn Fusion side.

Next match against Hershey FC is on Sunday June 25th at 3PM.

Goals: BT – Sierra Beal, Caitlyn Hayes, Erin Stevenson, Gabrielle Farrell

Final: Philly Fever 2  x  Torch FC 5

Final: LV Tempest 0 x Torch FC 1

Goals: BT – Gabrielle Farrell

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BuxMont Torch FC women’s team play in the pro/am Women’s Premier Soccer League. Home games are played at Pennridge High School Stadium in Perkasie, PA and has a capacity of 2,000 spectators. Players are encouraged to use the platform of sports to share about their faith after matches and summer soccer camps.


3 game winning goals for Pedro Sousa Torch FC to defeat Clarkstown Eagles

Pedro Sousa scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win for Buxmont Torch. Man of the Match goal keeper Matt Palmer had a impressive performance to only allow 1 goal and 7 saves.

The Clarkstown Eagles traveled to Perkasie, PA with their top select team and showed much better side and play than the home side. Eagles controlled the game for the first 70 minutes, moving the ball effortlessly and scoring 2 times only to be waived off by officials for offsides. The Eagles defended much of the game only allowing less then a handful of shots by the front line of the Torch.

Man of the Match – Matt Palmer – Photo by Matt Ralph

Only one of the Shafer brothers made the game day roster on Saturday evening for the Torch. Phil Shafer for the second time this season missed a game for due to health reasons. David Shafer showed signs of an ankle injury that occurred late into the match against Greater Binghamton and had to be substituted in the 64′ minute. Also due to injuries Khalil Karl did not play this match.

The first waive of subs was made by coach Sparling at the start of the second-half. A total of 6 substitution came in giving the home side a fresh look on the field. Tyler Smith, Pedro Sousa, Nick Marculo, Cody Gangaware, Jake Rudloff and Kenny Varady

The substitutions created a more possession style game for the home side and allowed Joshua Coupar to move into a center midfield position. Clarkstown did not have an answer and Torch pushed through with the first goal of the second half in the 70′ minute by left-mid Cody Gangaware. The goal did not stop Clarkstown Eagles strong presence in the field attacking wide and creating more shots on goal. Eagles broke through the defense for a goal only to be waived off by another offsides call.

The game picked up in the last 15 minutes for the Torch side controlling much of the midfield playing a more controlled soccer then the prior 75 minutes. Nick Marculo and Josh Coupar did much of the work in the middle when a through ball from Kenny Varady ended up in a collision by the Eagles goal keeper and defender that left Pedro Sousa all alone to walk into the six and score the game winning goal.

Take away: Clarkstown Eagles were the better side and the better team today with impressive starting eleven. The Buxmont Torch have a deep enough bench and grit to take down the top teams in the division. Technically, Clarkstown controlled much of the possession and created more chances to score.

Starters: Matt Palmer, Joshua Coupar, Dominic Powers, Jeremiah Mateola, Mitchell Robinson, David Shafer, Will Woodfin, Phil Hagerty, Thiago Dos Santos, Cody Boerema, Matthew Giudice

Substitutions: Cody Gangaware, Tyler Smith, Nick Marculo, Kenny Varady, Pedro Sousa

Man of the Match: Goal Keeper Matt Palmer


Game Replay


Torch FC Men finish the week with 4 points and the first shutout of the season