Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Tommy Guild
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 12:32 PM
School: Quaker Valley
Claim to fame: Tommy Guild has been known the last three seasons for anchoring the Quakers defense, but he got a rare goal in his second to last game to help secure a spot in the PIAA championship game.
He also led the defensive unit with senior Rees Edwards in net to a nearly flawless final two games. They combined for a shutout in the semifinals and found a way to defeat New Hope-Solebury, 2-1, in the title game.
“It feels like everything came together for a perfect season,” Guild said.
Can you explain your goal that helped secure a win in the semifinals?
We were up 1-0 with about 20 minutes left. … I moved up for a corner, and I had gotten a few goals early in the season but had a streak of 10 or 11 games without scoring. Fritz Reiter told to me to stay back that one time, and I didn’t know why. The ball came through front post, and I realized nobody was there so I hit it with my left foot and we scored.
How special was that goal given your scoring drought?
It’s always fun. When you’re a defender you’re not always in the spotlight, but you’re still always contributing without getting on the board. When you do score and show your worth in that way, it’s amazing. It’s a rush of adrenaline I don’t always get playing defense.
Quaker Valley allowed less than a goal per game in the playoffs. What was the key to putting up dominant performances on the back end?
We have confidence with the ball, and that helps the entire team. When we’re confident with the ball we can get it into the midfield and then up top. It starts with us to have a strong team. If we’re not confident with the ball, it weakens the midfield and everything else.
This is the third time in four years you’ve been a part of a championship team. Which one was the best?
I think they’re all great. I do think this team is special. I don’t know the last time we won the WPIAL and state title in the same season. Last year, we had just as high expectations and fell short even of the state semifinals, so I think this year’s seniors took it hard. No one said it, but I think we wanted revenge for falling short of where we aimed. We wanted to prove our potential to everybody.
What’s next for you?
This is where my soccer career ends. I plan to go to Pitt, but not for any soccer reasons. Having an undefeated playoff run, winning the state championship, it’s all picture perfect. I wouldn’t have it any other way.