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Dallas has been the top team in the Wyoming Valley Conference for the last three seasons and entered the District 2 Class 2A Tournament as the No. 1 seed all three times.


But the Mountaineers (13-1-1) haven't had anything to show for the last two regular season showings by missing out on the state tournament.


Dallas, which has won 44 of its last 45 WVC matches in the last three seasons, is hoping the third time's the charm as the team looks for its first District 2 Class 2A championship since 2007.


We just want the best team to win, Dallas coach Chris Scharff said after defeating Coughlin last week in the WVC Division I tiebreaker. We got robbed of that the last couple years ourselves by not doing the job. We're hoping we do well. We know we're good enough to move on, but it always doesn't work out that way.


The Mountaineers, who were upset by No. 8 seed Holy Redeemer in 2010 and lost in the district title match last year to Scranton Prep, have a tough matchup to begin the 2012 event, drawing Back Mountain rival Lake-Lehman on Friday.


It will mark the third time the teams are facing this season and the first time they are meeting in the first round of the tournament since the Mountaineers' championship run in 2007.


Here's a closer look at all 11 WVC postseason squads.


CLASS 3A


Favorite: Delaware Valley



An Upset Pick: Pittston Area over Wallenpaupack



Championship Prediction: Delaware Valley over Wyoming Valley West



Hazleton Area



Coach: Rob Schoener



Record: 3-12



Last appearance: This is the team's first appearance in the event since 2009 when it lost to Delaware Valley in the semifinals.



Leading scorers: Vincent Hornak (6g, 2a, 14pts.); Tristan Williams (5g, 2a, 12pts.); Tyler Bicking (4g, 2a, 10pts); Caleb Ancharski (keeper); Logan Yacowatz (keeper)



The skinny: The Cougars struggled this season only beating Pittston Area, Meyers and Holy Redeemer under the first-year coach and now travel nearly two hours to face the No. 1 seed. Hazleton Area has never won a boys soccer district gold.



Pittston Area



Coach: Pat O'Boyle



Record: 5-10-1



Last appearance: In 2011, the Patriots lost in the first round to Williamsport.



Leading scorers: Jordan Consagra (146, 8a, 38pts.); Ian Tracy (8g, 5a, 21pts.); Colin Tracy (4g, 2a, 10pts.); Taylor Roberts (keeper)



The Skinny: The Patriots qualified for districts for the fourth straight year. They got off to a rocky start to the season going winless in five of their first eight games. In their final four regular season games they went 2-2. Consagra and Wyoming Seminary's Henry Cornell account for the most goals in one game this season in the WVC with each posting a five-goal outburst. The team has never won a district title in boys soccer.



Wyoming Valley West



Coach: Charlie Whited


Record: 7-8



Last appearance: In 2011, the Spartans fell to Delaware Valley in the first round.



Leading scorers: Nick Singer (10g, 7a, 27pts.); Eddie Thomas (6g, 5a, 17pts.); Ryan Wisniewski (4g, 4a, 12pts); Derek Denman (keeper); Logan Zavada (keeper)



The Skinny: Now in districts for the 25th straight season, the Spartans have been hot lately winning four of their last five matches as they look for their first district title since 2009. The two losses in their last six were to Dallas and Coughlin by one goal each. They are one of just two teams this season to score three or more goals against Dallas.


 


CLASS 2A


Favorite: Dallas



An upset pick: Berwick over Crestwood



Championship Prediction: Dallas over Coughlin



Berwick



Coach: Janet Henger



Record: 10-4-1 (Division III champion)



Last appearance: Last year, the Bulldogs were ousted in the first round by Dallas.



Leading scorers: Richard Umana (31g, 16a, 78pts.); Anthony Ramos (13g, 4a, 30pts.); Arlinson Reyes (4g, 14a, 22pts.); Erickson Vasquez (keeper)



The Skinny: Now in the tournament for the second straight year, the Bulldogs are no longer overlooked by other teams. Umana is the real deal and needs to be marked or he can single-handedly beat a team. He recorded at least three goals in one game six times this season and scored four three times. The Bulldogs have never won a district title in boys soccer.



Coughlin



Coach: Rob Havard



Record: 13-1-1



Last appearance: In 2011, Coughlin lost to Wallenpaupack in the 3A quarterfinals.



Leading scorers: Pat Malone (17g, 8a, 42pts.); Justin Okun (16g, 6a, 41pts.); Travis Keil (7g, 5a, 19pts.); Josh Featherman (keeper)



The Skinny: The Crusaders are participating in districts for the 18th straight season. If you don't count the five goals Dallas scored against Coughlin in the regular season, the team has allowed just six goals. Coughlin was the last Wyoming Valley Conference team to win a district championship winning the Class 3A title in 2010.



Crestwood



Coach: Pat Upton



Record: 10-5-0



Last appearance: The Comets advanced to the semifinals last season before losing to Dallas.


Leading scorers: Alex Machalick (16g, 6a, 38pts.); John Andrews (9g, 4a, 22pts.); Alex Buchholz (4g, 9a, 17pts.); Steven Rerick (keeper)



The Skinny: Now in the postseason for the fourth straight season, the Comets got off to a fast start in WVC Division I with a 4-1 mark, including breaking Dallas' long winning streak. They had a bit of a lull in the middle of the season losing four of seven, but ended the campaign with three straight wins. The Comets are looking for their first district championship since 1993.



Dallas



Coach: Chris Scharff



Record: 13-1-1



Last appearance: The team was district runner-up last season, dropping a heart-breaker to Scranton Prep in the finals.



Leading scorers: A.J. Nardone (19g, 16a, 54pts.); Danny Saba (19g, 9a, 47pts.); Matt Saba (13g, 5a, 31pts.); Casey Barrett (keeper)



The Skinny: Dallas has been winning with defense the last several seasons. While that is still true this year, they also scored 90 goals, the most the team has tallied in numerous years as the team consists of five of the top 10 scorers in WVC Division I. The Mountaineers have made the postseason all 15 years Scharff has been the head coach and won four district championships in that span. The last time they didn't make the postseason tournament was 1996.



Lake-Lehman



Coach: Mike Kostrobala



Record: 10-5-1



Last appearance: In 2011, Lehman fell in the semifinals to eventual champion Scranton Prep.



Leading scorers: Chris Edkins (10g, 8a, 28pts.); Austin Harry (7g, 7a, 21pts.); Kris Konicki (6g, 1a, 13pts.); Colin Masters (keeper)



The Skinny: Entering the tournament for the sixth straight season, the Black Knights are looking for their first district title since 1998, the year they won their sixth district title in eight years. This season, they lost three of their last four in the regular season to fall into the play-in game. They showed signs of back to being a contender in Tuesday's win over Honesdale.



Tunkhannock



Coach: Mark Stroney



Record: 10-5-1



Last appearance: In Class 3A the last two seasons, the Tigers were ousted in the quarterfinals by eventual champion Abington Heights in 2011.



Leading scorers: Jacob Hughes (13g, 10a, 36pts.); Dean Mirabelli (13g, 5a, 31pts.); Colton Brown (9g, 4a, 22pts.); Zac Daniels (keeper)



The Skinny: Participating in the postseason for the third straight season Tunkhannock finished one goal away from forcing a tiebreaker game in WVC Division II against Wyoming Seminary, but settled for a tie in that match. With a successful coach in Stroney, the Tigers are capable of pulling off an upset over any team.


 


CLASS A



Favorite: Mountain View



An Upset Pick: Dunmore over Holy Cross



Championship Prediction: Wyoming Seminary over Lakeland



Meyers



Coach: Jack Nolan



Record: 6-11



Last appearance: Meyers won a play-in game last year before dropping a decision to Forest City in the quarters.



Leading scorers: Cal Lisman (13g, 2a, 28pts.); Jarek Hernandez (3g, 3a, 9pts.); Mike Kendra (2g, 3a, 7pts.); David Torres (keeper); Adam Casey (keeper)



The Skinny: For the third straight season, the Mohawks enter the Class A tournament after winning a play-in game. They have qualified for the playoffs seven out of the last eight seasons and are looking for the team's first district championship in boys soccer.



Wyoming Seminary



Coach: Charlie Carrick



Record: 11-4-1



Last appearance: In 2011, the Knights lost in the semifinals to Mountain View, which went on to win the district title.



Leading scorers: Henry Cornell (26g, 8a, 60pts.); Andiry Malchanov (11g, 3a, 25pts.); Benedikt Buerk (4g, 7a, 15pts.); Riku Rick Kaizaki (keeper)



The Skinny: The Blue Knights are in the district event for the 15th consecutive season, but are looking for their first district championship since 2002. They have gone 8-2-1 in their final 11 games. Take out losses to Crestwood and Dallas where Seminary and the team has outscored its opponents 58-15.

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