Crusaders flex muscles, down Dallas


First Posted: 9/12/2014

WILKES-BARRE — Through the first few weeks of the season, Coughlin has been one of the best teams statistically speaking in the Wyoming Valley Conference scoring 30 goals and allowing just one through four games.

After adding to that stat in beating previously unbeaten Dallas, 2-0 on Thursday afternoon the Crusaders might have made a big statement to any doubters.

The Crusaders got a goal in each half, outshot Dallas 16-6 and maintained possession for most of the match en route to the victory. Coughlin improves to 5-0 in Division II and is now just one of four undefeated teams remaining in the whole conference. Division II foe Nanticoke is 1-0-1, while Wyoming Valley West is 3-0 in Division I and Wyoming Seminary is 5-0 in Division III. While defeating rival Dallas is a big win, Coughlin coach Rob Havard says there’s still a lot of season left as his team has to face all three of those teams plus reigning District 2 Class 2A champion Tunkhannock (2-2-1).

“There’s a lot of games left, but to be 5-0 after playing Crestwood and Dallas and being able to get clean sheets in both those games that’s good for us,” Havard said.

After battling for more than 30 minutes without a score, Coughlin senior Travis Keil broke the scoring drought with 9:50 remaining in the first half when he headed the ball into the net off a pass from Junior Martinez giving his team a 1-0 lead. That came after Dallas nearly struck first when a shot hit off the crossbar with about 13 minutes left in the half.

“It allowed them to take a deep breath and exhale for a little bit,” Havard said about the first goal. “But not too much to where they got complacent.”

The score remained that way until nearly 15 minutes passed in the second half when the Crusaders got a breakaway by Frank Castellana, who passed through a pair of Mountaineers defenders to Henry Sanchez, who beat the Dallas defense and nailed the back of the net for the goal with 25:04 left in the match.

“What we showed today was poise,” Havard said. “It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t, I guess, the beautiful game, but it was gritty, it was heart-filled, it was determination and they executed when they needed.”

The Mountaineers (3-1), who graduated seven senior starters from last season’s team that finished as District 2 Class 2A runner-up, threatened in the second half. But perhaps their best chance to score in the final 40 minutes was saved by Coughlin keeper Steve Johnson, who laid out full extension for a save to keep Dallas off the board with about 16 minutes remaining in the game.

Still, Dallas picked up confidence as it played with the Crusaders, who were picked by many as a top team in the conference before the season started. Had the Mountaineers connected on two close misses, the game could have seen overtime.

“It’s actually one of those good losses where that game told us we can compete with them,” Dallas coach Chris Scharff said. “Going forward the rest of the year, we’re confident going against all the other teams. We now feel that we are one of the elite teams after this performance and the most important thing is we feel we can be on the same field with them. So that gives us confidence to get better and hopefully play better next time if we ever face them again.”

With the realignment this season, the team’s only play once in the regular season as opposed to twice in past years. The only way they will meet again will be in the district tournament.

Lake-Lehman 7, Pittston Area 0

Ian Dawsey scored four times while Mike Symeon, Nick Wnuk and Tommy Williams also found the net for the Black Knights.

Shane Syms made 10 saves for the Patriots.

Wyoming Valley West 2, Tunkhannock 1

Charlie Keefer had a goal and assisted on Valley West’s other goal helping the team to victory.

The Spartans, who led 2-0 at halftime, also got a goal from Hunnter Maxwell.

Avery Newhart scored for the Tigers.

GAR 5, Berwick 4, OT

Tony Tlatenchi headed in the game-winner with 1:57 left in overtime taking a corner kick from Edwin Vergara lifting the Grenadiers to their first win of the season.

Emmanuel Edoukou led GAR with two goals, while Edwin Vergara and T.J. Lavelle also scored.

Junior Ramos netted a hat trick for the Bulldogs.

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Coughlin 2, Dallas 0

Dallas`0`0`—`0

Coughlin`1`1`—`2

First half — 1. COU, Travis Keil (Junior Martinez), 9:50. Second half — 2. COU, Henry Sanchez (Frank Castellana), 25:04.

Shots — DAL 6; COU 16. Saves — DAL 4 (Jesse Goode); COU 4 (Steve Johnson). Corner kicks — DAL 4; COU 5.

Lake-Lehman 7, Pittston Area 0

Lake-Lehman`4`3`—`7

Pittston Area`0`0`—`0

First half — 1. LL, Ian Dawsey (Nick Wnuk), 1st; 2. LL, Mike Symeon (Tanner MacDougall), 10th; 3. LL, Dawsey (Wnuk), 11th; 4. LL, Dawsey (Mike Minsavage), 35th. Second half — 5. LL, Wnuk, 41st; 6. LL, Dawsey, 57th; 7. LL, Tommy Williams, 78th.

Shots — LL 18; PA 2. Saves — LL 0 (Collin Masters); PA 10 (Shane Syms). Corners — LL 5; PA 0.

Wyoming Valley West 2, Tunkhannock 1

WVW`2`0`—`2

Tunkhannock`0`1`—`1

First half — 1. WVW, Charlie Keefer (Andrew Kerrigan) 13th minute; 2. WVW, Hunnter Maxwell (Keefer) 37th Second half — 1. TUN, Avery Newhart (Aidan Cronin) 57th.

Shots — WVW 15; TUN 16. Saves — WVW 11 (Mitch Evans); TUN 5 (Damon Williams). Corner kicks — WVW 6; TUN 9.

GAR 5, Berwick 4, OT

Berwick`2`2`0`—`4

GAR`3`1`1`—`5

First half — 1. GAR, Emmanuel Edoukou 38:12; 2. GAR, Emmanuel Edoukou (penalty kick) 20:19; 3. BER, Junior Ramos 19:09; 4. GAR, Edwin Vergara (Tony Tlatenchi) 13:01; 5. BER, Kenneth Marshman (penalty kick) 2:22. Second half — 1. BER, Ramos 39:53; 2. GAR, T.J. Lavelle (Tlatenchi) 22:15; 3. BER, Ramos (penalty kick) 15:44. Overtime — 1. GAR, Tlatenchi (Edwin Vergara) 1:57

Shots — BER 17; GAR 25. Saves — BER 17 (Morgan Broyan); GAR 9 (Tino Altavilla). Corner kicks — BER 3; GAR 11.

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