Ryan Naperkowski, left, of Meyers kicks he ball away from Mountain View’s Kyle Moyer during Monday’s District 2 Class A semifinal.pete g. wilcox/the times leader
John Kilduff (5) of Wallenpaupack tries to fend of Valley West’s Nick Needle during Monday’s District 2 Class 3A semifinal game at Edward H. Edwards Stadium in Lehman Township.pete g. wilcox/the times leader
LEHMAN TWP. – There’s only one word to describe Wyoming Valley West’s win over Wallenpaupack on Monday: Domination.
The Spartans controlled all facets of the game in the 3-0 win to advance to the District 2 Class 3A finals.
Valley West (12-3) advances to Wednesday’s title game versus Delaware Valley (13-1-1). The Warriors defeated Hazleton Area, 2-1, Monday night at Wallenpaupack High School to advance. The match will be held at Scranton High School at a time to be announced.
“They’re a really good team,” Spartan midfielder Bill McGuiness said of his team’s upcoming opponent. “We played them last year, but I’m sure they got better and we got better so it should be a good matchup. Hopefully we can beat them and advance to states. That’s been our goal since we lost to (Abington Heights in the 2007 district championship).”
The Spartans’ defense held the Buckhorns (4-11) to just one shot on goal, while putting 21 shots on goal of their own. Valley West also had 16 corner kicks.
If it wasn’t for the slick field at Lake-Lehman High School, the Spartans might have scored half a dozen times as several of the corners were close to the goal, but shots after that sailed high.
McGuiness scored the first goal of the game with 13:30 left in the first half off a pass from Joseph Schmid. A little more than 4 minutes later, Schmid connected for a goal of his own. Cody Meredick, who moved to outside mid on Monday now that Nate Snedden is fully recovered from a hamstring injury and playing in defense, was credited with the assist on Schmid’s tally.
In the second half, McGuiness took another pass from Schmid with 21:13 remaining to cap the scoring.
“This is the first time we have had our whole lineup in there,” Spartans coach Aaron Littzi said. “(Snedden) makes it a lot different for us in the back because we are able to possess back there. We were able to move Meredick to outside mid and it helps us a lot.”
The Eagles (10-6) advanced to the District 2 Class A championship game to face St. Gregory’s Academy, the defending district champs, scoring a pair of goals in the first 11:30 of the contest. The title game will be held at Lake-Lehman High School at a time to be announced.
“I was shocked that we got up early,” Mountain View coach Eric Martens said. “I was thinking maybe it would end 4-2. I was hoping to open it up and get in a scoring battle with them.”
The Mohawks (11-6-1) didn’t lose any fight after being down two early and came back with several chances late in the first half, but MV keeper David Corbin stopped the shots on great saves.
“I thought we did a better job midway through the first half and started to do some things I thought we would be able to do with this team,” Meyers coach Jack Nolan said. “But again, we couldn’t finish and that’s been the story of our year. We’ve had several games where we couldn’t finish.”
Rob Cross and Josh Pfahl scored the first-half goals for the Eagles, while Cody Davis and Nate Moyer scored in the second half.
First half: 1. MV, Rob Cross (Josh Pfahl) 38:32; 2. MV, Pfahl (Cody Davis) 36:59
Second half: 1. MV, Davis 31:14; 2. MV, Nate Moyer (Dan McWhirr) 28:30
Shots: MV 13, MEY 10; Saves: MV 7 (David Corbin), MEY 5 (John Nargoski); Corners: MV 6, MEY 2.
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First half: 1. WVW, Bill McGuiness (Joseph Schmid) 13:30; 2. WVW, Schmid (Cody Meredick) 9:24
Second half: 1. WVW, McGuiness (Schmid) 21:13
Shots: WAL 1, WVW 21; Saves: WAL 4 (Chris Schneider), WVW 1 (Kameron Keene); Corners: WAL 1, WVW 16.