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By DAVE ROSENGRANT drosengrant@timesleader.com



Coughlin's Tommy Sebia, left, and Dallas' Eric Pincofski go to head the ball in a WVC Division 1 soccer match in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday afternoon.
Coughlin's Tommy Sebia, left, and Dallas' Eric Pincofski go to head the ball in a WVC Division 1 soccer match in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday afternoon.
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WILKES-BARRE —Last year, the Dallas and Coughlin boys had to play three games to decide the Wyoming Valley Conference Division I championship.


If the rest of the season goes like it did on Thursday at the Bog for both teams, the same thing may occur again this season.


The Mountaineers and Crusaders battled for 100 minutes without a decisive outcome, as the early-season showdown ended in a 1-1 stalemate.


Both coaches were content coming away with a tie, especially since numerous injuries occurred, stopping play in the match half a dozen times to swell the game time to nearly two-and-a-half hours.


Dallas played half of the second half and the two overtime periods without offensive stars A.J. Nardone, Blake Pertl and Nate Wood. Nardone, who is the reigning top scorer in the division, had to get help walking off the field and didn’t return. Pertl also was out the rest of the game, while Nadone saw time in the second overtime.


But Dallas substitutes Connor McCarthy, Brian Butler, Donald Michalisin and Christian Kimmerle stepped up in big ways.


“Kudos to my subs. My subs played really, really good today. They’ve been struggling a little bit,” Dallas coach Chris Scharff said. “I don’t have a lot of depth. But they really helped us out. Everybody played good, but my subs are the reason we tied this game today because they held on the last 20 minutes and in overtime.”


According to Coughlin coach Rob Havard, his team’s injuries were mostly cramps.


Normally when these two rivals meet, rough play could be the reason for injuries, but not this time. There wasn’t any foul play on either side, just some freak plays that happen in sports.


“There were some bangs, but you’re gonna get that whether it’s a JV game or a varsity game,” Havard said. “I thought up and down the board you play hard, you fight hard and I thought it was even. And I thought the sportsmanship was great.”


Dallas took a 1-0 lead in the first half when Matt Saba broke through a pair of Coughlin defenders, Bobby Hawkins and Brandon Butry, to get a breakaway and beat Coughlin keeper Steve Johnson with 11:29 remaining on the clock.


After the rest of the first half was scoreless, it didn’t take long for the Crusaders to get on the board in the second half. They took the opening kick down for a score with Junior Martinez netting the goal off an assist from Dave Marriggi.


Dallas defender Brandon Scharff leaped to head the ball from Marriggi but just missed it. The ball sailed to Martinez and into the net to even the contest at 1-1 just 41 seconds into the half.


Both teams didn’t have too many chances the rest of the match as the defenses played superbly over the final 60 minutes. Offenses also battled running into the brutal sun at times, while the same side of the field also featured clouds of dust whipping up when the wind gusted.


“We’re thrilled with the game. Both teams played really, really hard like we knew they would,” Scharff said. “But we took a shellacking from Valley West the other day. Where we have four, five guys that probably shouldn’t have even played today, but they wanted to play this game. This is the big game and they’re going to rest next week no matter who we play.”


Dallas doesn’t play until Tuesday, while the Crusaders have a match in Hazleton Saturday morning. The second time the squads meet is Friday, Oct. 11 at Dallas.


Dallas 1, Coughlin 1

Dallas`1`0`0`0`—`1


Coughlin`0`1`0`0`—`1


First half — 1. DAL, Matt Saba 11:29. Second half — 2. COU, Junior Martinez (Dave Marriggi), 39:19.


Shots — DAL 12; COU 13. Saves — DAL 7 (Blake Williams); COU8 (Steve Johnson). Corners kicks — DAL3; COU 4.


Nanticoke 4, Hanover Area 0


Mike Mihneski, Rees Roberts and Aaron Kreitzer each tallied a goal and an assist to help the Trojans, who scored all four goals in the second half.


Wiston Godoy also scored for Nanticoke.


Wyoming Area 3, GAR 0


Ryan Schuleski scored twice to help the Warriors to the win on the road, while David Klaproth also found the back of the net.


Berwick 2, MMI Prep 1


The Preppers took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but the Bulldogs answered with two in the final 40 minutes. Junior Ramos tied the score with an unassisted goal, while Josh Mason netted the game-winner off a pass from Jose Umana.


Crestwood 3, Hazleton Area 0


Matt Wimpfheimer scored two first-half goals, while Alex Buchholz notched a goal and an assist as the Comets got the shutout victory on the road.


Wyoming Valley West 4, Meyers 2


The Mohawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead just a little over 5 minutes into the match, but the Spartans rebounded for four second-half tallies to pull out the win.


Eddie Thomas scored a hat trick with all three assists from Nick Singer, while Brian Novitsky also scored.


Cal Lisman and Excel Mendoza struck the back of the net for the Mohawks.


Coughlin 1, Crestwood 0


In a match played Wednesday, the Crusaders scored the lone goal, an unassisted tally by Henry Sanchez in the second half to post the win.


Nanticoke 4, Hanover Area 0

Hanover Area`0`0`—`0


Nanticoke`0`4`—`4


Second half — 1. NAN, Mike Mihneski 45th minute; 2. NAN, Rees Roberts (Aaron Kreitzer) 61st; 3. NAN, Kreitzer (Roberts) 61st; 4. NAN, Wiston Godoy (Mihneski) 63rd.


Shots — HAN 10; NAN 21. Saves — HAN 14 (Joe Gagliardi); NAN 7 (Carmelo Pioquinto). Corners kicks — HAN 4; NAN 5.


Wyoming Area 3, GAR 0

Wyoming Area`1`2`—`3


GAR`0`0`—`0


First half — 1. WA, Ryan Schuleski; Second half — 1. WA, Schuleski; 2. WA, David Klaproth (Mark O’Malley)


Berwick 2, MMI 1

MMI `1`0`—`1


Berwick`x`2`—`2


First half — 1. MMI, Mitch Muir (Jay Saigemat), 24:16. Second half — 2. BER, Junior Ramos 27:40; 3. BER, Josh Mason (Jose Umana) 34:45


Shots — MMI 15, BER 27. Saves — MMI 11 (Devon Saul); BER 6 (Erickson Vasquez). Corners kicks — MMI 1, BER 1.


Crestwood 3, Hazleton Area 0

Crestwood`2`1`—`3


Hazleton Area`0`0`—`0


First half — 1. CRE, Matt Wimpfheimer (Alex Buchholz) 36:37; 2. CRE, Wimpfheimer (Austin Wood) 30:16. Second half — 1. CRE Buchholz, 20:45.


Shots —CRE 31, HAZ 9; Saves — CRE 4 (Nicolas Ruiz); HAZ 24 (Caleb Ancharski). Corners kicks — CRE 3, HAZ 2.


Wyoming Valley West 4, Meyers 2

Wyoming Valley West`0`4`—`4


Meyers`2`0`—`2


First half — 1. MEY, Cal Lisman (Excel Mendoza) 4:32; 2. MEY, Mendoza (Jarek Hernandez) 5:36; Second half — 1. WVW, Eddie Thomas (Nick Singer) 44:27; 2. Thomas (Singer) 45:00; 3. Thomas (Singer) 52:46; 4. Brian Novitsky (Andrew Kerrigan) 58:07


Shots —WVW 12, MEY 5; Saves — WVW 6 (Derrick Denman); MEY 8 (David Torres, Adam Casey 0). Corners kicks — WVW 8, MEY 0.


Coughlin 1, Crestwood 0 (Wednesday)

Coughlin`0`1`—`1


Crestwood`0`0`—`0


Second half — 1. COU, Henry Sanchez 18:24.


Shots — COU 9; CRE 10. Saves — COU 7; CRE 6. Corners kicks — COU 3, CRE 5.


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