Philip Shafer Welcome 2017 BuxMont Torch FC

Hershey FC standout signs with Northeast rival

Torch Sports Ministry announced Friday the signing of forward Philip Shafer to an NPSL contract with BuxMont Torch FC. Shafer becomes the first player of 2017 season to sign with the club.

“I was really moved by your team’s prayer and message after the game between Torch FC and Hershey FC” said Philip Shafer. “And being a born-again believer myself I knew from that moment I wanted to be a part of your organization in the future.”

Shafer who is a native of Orlando, Florida played club with FC America and Florida Rush (Orlando City Academy). Shafer finished his High School career at Bishop Moore Catholic as a captain with with 34 goals and 31 assists. Shafer was a four year varsity letterwinner and was All-Central Florida first team Junior and Senior years. Shafer played at Saint Francis College in New York (Division I) as a central attacking midfielder and forward.  His Junior year he was second in both scoring and assists.

In 2016 Shafer played 6 games for Hershey FC in the Keystone conference. He lead the team in both goals and assists with a total of 11 points as a striker and central attacking midfield.

“We’re excited to have him play for the Torch, his obvious love for Christ is evident in the way he carries himself,”  said BuxMont Torch coach Rich Sparling. “He also will provide a strong target up top for the team, something that we haven’t had since the days of Sachem Wilson.”

Shafer is a very big player at 6’5″ and has a great ability in the air finishing crosses with headers.  While playing for Hershey FC Shafer’s unselfish style and work ethic allowed him to roam between the midfield and defense to receive the ball, switch play, and create chances to score.

Best qualities:  Aerial ability, first touch, passing/switching play, running into space, and finding pockets behind midfielders, and finishing crosses.



BuxMont Torch FC men’s team play in the pro/am National Premier Soccer League which is the 4th tier of USA men’s soccer. 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.


2017 Schedule Release

Torch Sports Ministry announced Saturday, March 11th the release of the 2017 schedules. Torch FC men’s team will open up the season by visiting Junior Lone Star on Saturday May 20th, at 4PM. The away game will be played at Bonner Prendergast Catholic High School, 403 N Lansdowne Ave, Drexel Hill, PA. The following month, Torch FC Men’s team will play 5 home games, and fans will be treated with back-to-back games. This year three doubleheaders will be played at Penn Ridge High School.

Torch FC home opener on Sunday, June 4th.

Women’s: Empire CNY, Sunday, 2:00PM

Men: GBFC, Sunday, 4:30PM

Doubleheader Saturday, June 17th

Women’s: Lehigh Valley Tempest, Saturday, 3:00PM

Men: Hershey FC, Saturday, 6:00PM

Doubleheader Sunday, June 25th

Women’s: Hershey FC, Sunday 3:00PM

Men: West Chester, Sunday, 6:00PM

Men’s Schedule


Women’s Schedule

BuxMont Torch FC announces tryouts on April 22

BuxMont Torch FC announced in January that the club will be holding NPSL and WPSL tryouts on Saturday April 22 at Pennridge High School stadium, 1228 N. Fifth Street, Perkasie, PA, starting at 11:30 a.m. BuxMont Torch FC head coach Rich Sparling will be joined by Torch Sports Ministry staff and coaches. The tryout will also be opened to the media and public.

The tryout will feature NPSL & WPSL pace small-sided drills, a free lunch, scrimmages and instructions about final rosters spots. This event registration fee will be $50 and will help cover Under Armour long sleeved tee, secondary health insurance and administration fees.

All interested players must register at by March 31st to reserve your t-shirt size. Along with registration, all participants will have to check-in with staff on the day of the event beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Select roster spots will be offered to players to join the BuxMont Torch FC.

About BuxMont Torch FC

BuxMont Torch FC men’s team play in the National Premier Soccer League which is ProAm and is the 4th tier of USA men’s soccer. The women compete in the Women’s Premier Soccer League which also is ProAm and is the 2nd tier of USA women’s soccer.

Home games are played at Pennridge High School Stadium in Perkasie, PA that 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.

Torch Sports Ministry is a ministry that was established during the summer of 2009 which utilizes sport as a means to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to disciple and train sports ministers. We are a ministry of CrossWorld and partners with Push the Rock and are located in Upper Bucks-Montgomery-Lehigh Counties, PA.