Tunkhannock erases 2-0 deficit to top Seminary

Last updated: September 30. 2013 11:59PM - 2378 Views
DAVE ROSENGRANT drosengrant@timesleader.com

Wyoming Seminary's Michael Kim (No. 5) heads the ball as Tunkhannock's Patrick Cronin (No. 18) defends during Monday's game in Kingston.
Wyoming Seminary's Michael Kim (No. 5) heads the ball as Tunkhannock's Patrick Cronin (No. 18) defends during Monday's game in Kingston.
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KINGSTON — A young team missing a key senior leader and getting down two goals early could have spelled disaster for the Tunkhannock boys soccer team.

But the Tigers, who have been one of the top teams in the entire Wyoming Valley Conference this season, didn’t let the early deficit affect the outcome of Monday’s game against Wyoming Seminary.

Tunkhannock scored three goals in a row then held off a late Blue Knights charge to take control of Division II in the WVC with a 3-2 victory at Nesbitt Memorial Fields while standout Brian Ly missed the big match being ill.

With four games left for both teams, the Tigers are closing in on the division championship after Sem claimed the title in 2012. Tunkhannock’s 10-2-0 record is three games better in the standings than the Blue Knights’ 7-5-0 mark.

“I think when they know they’re missing a key player, I think mentally high school kids are like ‘What are we gonna do’ and I think that’s what puts them not at ease mentally,” Tunkhannock coach Mark Stroney said.

Seminary took what appeared to be a commanding 2-0 lead just 10 minutes into the match. Andrew Drewchin connected off a pass from Andriy Molchanov at the 37:38 mark putting the Blue Knights ahead 1-0 on the first shot of the game.

Less than seven minutes later, Molchanov got one of his own a few seconds after a corner kick when Tigers keeper Zac Daniels moved too far away from the net and the Blue Knights were up 2-0 with the clock reading 30:00 in the first half.

“Two goals isn’t too bad. If it became three-nil then that’s a real struggle to come back from,” Stroney said. “But we did good with coming back. “

Damon Williams got the scoring started for Tunkhannock striking the back of the net off a pass from WVC leading scorer Aidan Cronin at the 15:44 mark of the first half to cut the lead in half to 2-1. The equalizer came three minutes into the second half when Cronin set up Sean Andres’ tally.

“We went flat in the second half of the first period and didn’t really pick it up until later on in the second half,” Blue Knights coach Charles Carrick said. “Right now, for our point it’s about getting ready for playoffs. It’s a great game to come off of, to learn from and getting ready for later in October.”

The teams battled for 11 minutes with the game tied before the Tigers went ahead 3-2 after Adam Billings headed the ball into the net off a direct kick with 25:54 remaining in the match.

“The third goal was quite nice, I thought, and then just hold on for 25 minutes, for what felt like 100 minutes,” Stroney said. “We held our ground. My heart doesn’t hold off really good when that happens. But we tightened up and it was a good defensive effort for the last 20-some minutes left. That’s as much as I could ask for from them.”

Coughlin 2, Crestwood 1 (OT)

Tom Sebia scored two goals to lead Coughlin. Sebia scored the game-winning goal with 5:44 remaining in the first overtime on a low-line drive from 20 yards out. Dave Marriggi and Henry Sanchez had an assist.

Alex Buchholz gave Crestwood the lead in the first half with a goal.

The Comets were coming off of a 6-0 win over Wyoming Valley West on Saturday.

Nanticoke 4, GAR 0

Rees Roberts had a hat trick to carry Nanticoke to a shutout victory. Ed Lukowski scored the Trojans’ other goal. Carmelo Pioquinto made 10 saves for the clean sheet.

Tino Altavilla totalled 15 saves for the Grenadiers.

Holy Redeemer 2, Meyers 0

Holy Redeemer scored two second half goals. Redeemer’s Matt Lyons scored in the 61st minute assisted by Josh Wychock. The second goal came from Josh Wychock with an assist from Chris Pawlenok.

Meyers’ Adam Casey made seven saves.

Lake-Lehman 2, Hazleton Area 0

Mike Symeon and Kyle Paulson each had goals for the Black Knights. Tanner McDougall and Joe Sharon gathered assists.

Caleb Ancharski saved 16 shots for the Cougars.

Dallas 6,

Wyoming Valley West 0

Nate Wood recorded a hat trick to help the Mountaineers improve to 8-1-1 this season, while the Spartans fell to 5-4 after their third straight loss. Brandon Scharff, A.J. Nardone and Brian Butler also scored for Dallas.


Tunkhannock 3, Wyoming Seminary 2


Wyoming Seminary`2`0`—`2

First half — 1. WS, Andrew Drewchin (Andriy Molchanov) 37:38; 2. WS, Molchanov (Eduardo Laguna) 30:00; 3. TUN, Damon Williams (Aidan Cronin) 15:44. Second half — 1. TUN, Sean Andres (Cronin) 36:43; 2. TUN, Adam Billings (Eric Stamer) 25:54.

Shots — TUN 14; WS 11. Saves — TUN 5 (Zac Daniels); WS 4 (Will Kozar). Corner kicks — TUN 2; WS 5.

Coughlin 2, Crestwood 1 (OT)



First half — 1. CRE, Alex Buchholz, 32:07. Second half — 2. COU, Tom Sebia (Dave Marriggi), 39:18. Overtime — 3. COU, Tom Sebia (Henry Sanchez), 5:44.

Shots — CRE 12; COU 18. Saves — CRE 15 (Lance Lysiak); COU 9 (Steve Johnson). Corner kicks — CRE 5; COU 9.

Nanticoke 4, GAR 0



First half — 1. NAN, Rees Roberts (Dave Stecco), 39:18; 2. NAN, Roberts (Wiston Godoy), 30:37; 3. NAN, Ed Lukowski, 2:56. Second half — 4. NAN, Roberts (Mike Mihneski), 35:58

Shots — NAN 21; GAR 14. Saves — NAN 10 (Carmelo Pioquinto); GAR 15 (Tino Altavilla). Corner kicks — NAN 7; GAR 4

Holy Redeemer 2, Meyers 0


Holy Redeemer`0`2`—`2

Second half — 1. HR, Matt Lyons (Josh Wychock), 61st minute; 2. HR, Wychock (Chris Pawlenok), 75th.

Shots — MEY 6, HR 15. Saves — MEY 7 (Adam Casey); HR 1 (Ian McGrane).

Lake-Lehman 2, Hazleton Area 0


Hazleton Area`0`0`—`0

First half — 1. LL, Mike Symeon (Tyler MacDougall), 3:08; Second half — 2. LL, Kyle Paulson (Joe Sharon), 21:37.

Shots — LL 19; HAZ 9. Saves — LL 5 (Collin Masters); HAZ 16 (Caleb Ancharski). Corner kicks — LL 10; HAZ 4

Dallas 6, Wyoming Valley West 0


Wyoming Valley West`0`0`—`0

First half — 1. DAL, Brian Butler (Zach Goodwin) 2nd minute; 2. DAL, Brandon Scharff 8th; 3. DAL, Nate Wood (Matt Saba) 26th; 4. DAL, Wood (Donald Michalisim) 39th. Second half — 1. DAL, A.J. Nardone 54th; 2. DAL, Wood (Blake Pertl) 70th

Shots — DAL 17; WVW 9. Saves — DAL 5 (Blake Williams); WVW 6 (Derek Denman, Mitch Evans). Corner kicks — DAL 6; WVW 2

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