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HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER


October 26. 2013 12:42PM
Sunday Dispatch staff

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Pittston Area hasn’t been used to digging themselves a hole through the regular season. But Thursday’s District 2 Class AAA quarterfinal game against Delaware Valley did just that.


The Patriots surrendered four first-half goals, three of which were unassisted, en route to a 7-0 loss at the hands of Delaware Valley.


Abrar Shamim had a hat trick to lead the fourth-seeded Warriors in the quarterfinal win.


Pittston Area was only able to muster four shots on goal to Delaware Valley’s 12. Colin Tracy made five saves for Pittston Area.


The Patriots finished this season 7-9-1, two wins better than their 2012 campaign. But it could have certainly been much better if they weren’t hit very hard by numerous injuries throughout the season.


Tracy was thrust into the goalie position after Pittston Area’s top two goalies were injured and done for the season.


“There wasn’t a contingency plan for a third-string goalie,” O’Boyle said. “Colin stepped up and it says a lot about a kid that’s willing to take one for the team. Not having him on the field hurt us.”


The injury bug, however, wasn’t limited to just the netminders.


At the beginning of the season, Pittston Area had five seniors in its starting lineup. At the end of the year, there were only two.


“At the end of the day we were young and just didn’t match up as physically as some of these other teams,” O’Boyle said.


Pittston Area will return at least four sophomores next season. All of them started at the end of the season and have had a lot of experience as freshmen.


O’Boyle hopes that this loss against Delaware Valley will motivate the team to work a little harder in the offseason and at practice to make it back to this point.


“They played hard,” he said. “Not having the older guys out there is hard.”




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