WILKES-BARRE — The Lake-Lehman boys soccer team was thought to be in a bit of a re-tooling season after losing several key pieces to graduation and returning just two seniors on the roster.
It’s early, but so far, the transition has been very smooth for the Black Knights.
Last week, they roughed up defending Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champ Holy Redeemer. On Tuesday afternoon, Lehman handed fellow division favorite Meyers its first loss of the campaign by a 3-2 score at Gibby Field.
In improving to 4-0 this season, the youthful Black Knights have outscored their opponents 26-6.
“It’s always good to win your first four or five games, whatever it might be,” Black Knights coach Mike Kostrobala said. “For how young we are, I think it comes as a surprise to a lot of people, even people on this team.
“(In the) preseason, we talked about goals, and some of the older guys didn’t think they were as high as they should have been. … Every game we play, we’re building more confidence and getting stronger everyday.”
On Tuesday, Lehman came from behind to earn the win thanks to a pair of second-half tallies and a plethora of missed chances from Meyers in the final 40 minutes.
Trailing 2-1 after a lackluster first half, the Black Knights came out of halftime with more intensity and a shot on goal in the first minute hit off the crossbar. About a minute later, Andrew Battin struck for a goal off an assist from Kyle Sincavage to equal the score at 2-2.
It took just five minutes for Lehman to score the go-ahead goal when Sincavage scored for the second time of the match, beating the Meyers keeper in the 47th minute for a 3-2 lead.
“At halftime we made some adjustments talking about playing the ball diagonally through their line, and we had some success with it,” Kostrobala said.
The Mohawks (2-1), who outscored opponents 17-2 entering Tuesday’s match, weren’t going away quietly.
After Lehman went ahead, Meyers dominated ball control and shots on goal. But the Mohawks couldn’t find the back of the goal despite totaling 14 shots and seven corner kicks in the second half.
Their first big chance came off a corner with a melee in front of the goal, but the shot hit the crossbar — the first of three from the Mohawks to hit the spot in the final 40 minutes.
At about the midway point of the second half, Meyers had a wide open net after a cross, but the ball sailed wide. The team also had an opportunity with the Lehman keeper out of position, but again the shot was high.
“The last 15 minutes, they completely took it to us and they certainly could have had a goal or two or three,” Kostrobala said. “What I’m thinking is, ‘Let’s just kill some time and get us through this match with a 3-2 win.’ ”
Meyers opened the scoring in the match in the third minute when Dodly Magliore finished a pass from Tanner Nilon. After Sincavage tied the score at 1-1 a little more than 10 minutes later, Jeffrey Yanez put the Mohawks in front 2-1 in the 23rd minute.
The two Division 2 and District 2 Class 2A contenders will meet again on Oct. 5 at Lake-Lehman.
Berwick 7, GAR 0
Kenneth Marshman scored the first six goals for the Bulldogs with Blake Girton added one to close out the scoring. Luis Garcia picked up the shutout.
Wyoming Seminary 9, Hanover Area 0
Reggie Grayek and Edge Miller each finished with two goals and two assists to lead the Blue Knights.
Lake-Lehman 3, Meyers 2
Lake-Lehman`1`2 – 3
Meyers`2`0 – 2
First Half: 1. MEY, Dodley Magliore (Tanner Nilon) 3rd minute; 2. LL, Kyle Sincavage (Justin Timonte) 14th; 3. MEY, Jeffrey Yanez (Johnny Torres) 23rd. Second Half: 1. LL, Andrew Battin (Sincavage) 42nd; 2. LL, Sincavage (Kyle Naugle) 47th
Shots: LL 8; MEY 22; Saves: LL 8 (Chris Ash); MEY 3 (Joel Vazquez); Corners: LL 3; MEY 11
Berwick 7, GAR 0
GAR`0`0 — 0
Berwick`3`4 — 7
First half: 1. BER, Kenneth Marshman, 15th minute; 2. BER, Marshman (Mitchell Thelemaque), 24th; 3. Marshman, 32nd. Second half: 4. BER, Marshman, 44th; 5. BER, Marshman, 70th; 6. BER, Marshman (Tim Maron), 71st; 7. BER, Blake Girton, 73rd.
Shots: GAR 3; BER 18. Saves: GAR 11 (Joel Aldaco); BER 3 (Luis Garcia). Corners: GAR 1; BER 7.
Wyoming Seminary 9, Hanover Area 0
Hanover Area`0`0 — 0
Wyo. Seminary`7`2 — 9
First half: 1. WS, Jared Weisenberger, 2nd minute; 2. WS, Reggie Grayek (Duncan Lumia), 18th; 3. WS, Edge Miller (Matt Parsons), 20th; 4. WS, Parsons (Grayek), 22nd; 5. WS, Grayek (Miller), 26th; 6. WS, Luke Johns (Miller), 30th; 7. WS, Wisdom Lu (Santi de los Rios), 36th. Second half: 8. WS, Miller (Grayek), 43rd; 9. WS, Jake Gilbert (PK) 75th.
Shots: HAN 4; WS 28. Saves: HAN 12 (Zack Evans); WS 3 (Ryan Anderson, Justin Negron). Corners: HAN 2; WS 11.
Dallas 5, Pittston Area 2
Pittston Area`0`2 — 2
Dallas`3`2 — 5
First half: 1. DAL, Zach Holthaus (David Chopyak), 29th minute; 2. DAL, Chopyak (Beaudyn Lewis), 31st; 3. DAL, Chopyak (Nate Maransky), 34th. Second half: 4. DAL, Holthaus (Ricky Wooditch), 53rd; 5. PA, Nick Barbieri (Shane Syms), 66th; 6. PA, Syms (Brian Rowan), 71st; 7. DAL, Chopyak (Joey Nardone), 77th.
Shots: PA 7; DAL 50. Saves: PA 14 (Kyle Mlodzienski); DAL 4 (Kyle Greenwood). Corners: PA 2; DAL 9.
Coughlin 9, Hazleton Area 2
Hazelton Area`0`2 — 2
Coughlin`4`5 — 9
First half: 1. COU, Josh Anstett (David Cortez), 4th minute; 2. COU, George Oko, 16th; 3. COU, Oko, 23rd; 4. COU, D. Cortez (David Sikora), 39th. Second half: 5. COU, Oko (D. Cortez), 41st; 6. HAZ, Gabe Fabian (penalty kick), 44th; 7. COU, Chad Regan (Jeff Mondulick), 46th; 8. COU, D. Cortez (penalty kick), 48th; 9. COU, Jacob Cortez, 52nd; 10. COU, Carlos Contreras (Regan), 71st; 11. HAZ, Fabian, 72nd.
Shots: HAZ 9, COU 32; Saves: HAZ 16 (Jeremy Aquino); COU 4 (Cameron Corcoran. Corners: HAZ 3; COU 7.