BERWICK – Crestwood coach Pat Upton summed it up best after his team's 8-0 victory over Berwick on Friday night to advance to the District 2 Class 2A boys soccer semifinals for the second straight season.
Whenever you come into districts anything can happen, he said.
It wasn't surprising that the No. 4 seed Comets dispatched the fifth-seeded Bulldogs, it was how they dominated the game and held Wyoming Valley Conference leading scorer Richard Umana in check.
Or maybe, the second-year coach was referring to how eighth-seeded Lake-Lehman upset top-seeded Dallas earlier in the day after having to win a play-in game earlier in the week. So now, Crestwood will face the Black Knights in Monday's semifinals at 3 p.m. at Crestwood High School.
The teams split their two matches during the regular season and both advanced to last year's semifinals. This time around, one of the two will be in the district final. The Black Knights are in the semis for the third straight season.
We have to come in prepared and want it more than the opponent, stay organized throughout the match and stay focused for the full 80 minutes, Upton said.
On Friday, Crestwood was no match for Berwick, the WVC Division III champion, and that was evident right from the start. The Comets – who outshot Berwick 28-8 and had 11 corner kicks to Berwick's two – got on the board a little more than three minutes into the game when John Andrews scored the first of his three goals on the evening nailing a direct kick into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead with the clock reading 36:45.
Less than three minutes later, Alex Buccholz – who had two scores for Crestwood – struck net for a 2-0 lead. An Andrews penalty kick halfway through the first put the Comets in cruise control. Crestwood had two more goals in the first half for a 5-0 lead at the break.
I was very pleased with our performance. We worked on a few things offensively and it showed through today, Upton said.
Meanwhile, Umana, who tallied 31 goals and 16 assists for 78 points this season, was held to just a few shots on goal. He wasn't being marked, but whenever he would touch the ball, Comet defenders swarmed around the senior.
We forced him to his left foot, and we just kept backing off and trying to get as many numbers behind the ball as possible, Upton said. He's a strong right-footed player and likes to cut off to his right.
Buchholz' second goal came at 33:30 left in the second half and when Andrews completed his hat trick with 14:41 left, that kicked in the newly-implemented soccer mercy rule.
Derek Distasio closed out the scoring with 11:09 left in the game.
First half: 1. CRE, John Andrews (direct kick), 36:45; 2. CRE, Alex Buchholz (Alex Orrson), 33:50; 3. CRE, Andrews (penalty kick), 21:09; 4. CRE, Matt Wimphfeimer (Orrson), 6:52; 5. CRE, Alex Machalick, 6:16. Second half: 6. CRE, Buchholz (Casey Ritsick), 33:30; 7. CRE, Andrews, 14:41; 8. CRE, Derek Distasio (Wimphfeimer), 11:09.
Shots: CRE 28, BER 8; Saves: CRE 7 (Steven Rerick), BER 11 (Erickson Vasquez); Corners: CRE 11, BER 2.
The No. 8 seeded Black Knights jumped out to a 4-1 lead over the No. 1 seed, then held off a late charge to hang on for the victory.
Austin Harry had one goal and one assist in the victory for Lehman, which defeated Dallas in either a WVC or playoff game for the first time in nearly 10 years and now advances to play at Crestwood on Monday at 3 p.m. in the district semifinals.
Matt Saba led Dallas with two goals. The Mountaineers lost in the first round of the tournament as the No.1 seed for the second time in three years after being district runner-up last season.
First half: 1. LL, Austin Harry (Mike Symeon), 28:37; 2. LL, Chris Edkins, 14:46. Second half: 3. DAL, Matt Saba (Danny Saba), 27:27; 4. LL, Mike Novak (Harry), 18:23; 5. LL, Chris Herrick, 15:52; 6. DAL, John Murray (Dante DeAngelo), 2:50; 7. DAL, Matt Saba (Brian Stepniak), 1:30.
Shots: LL 4, DAL 17; Saves: LL 6 (Colin Masters), DAL 0 (Casey Barrett); Corners: LL 1, DAL 11.
Zac Daniels had six saves in net, but the Tigers fell to Scranton Prep and saw their season come to an end.
Scranton Prep, which got goals from Jordan Paulus and Alix LeGrand, will play Coughlin at Berwick's Salem Elementary on Monday at 3:30 p.m..
First half: 1. SP, Jordan Paulus, 18:15; 2. SP, Alix LeGrand (Paulus), 34:43.
Shots: TUNK 5, SP 8; Saves: TUNK 6 (Zac Daniels), SP 5 (Colin Moretti); Corners: TUNK 1, SP 5
Christian Henry scored all five goals for Delaware Valley as they advance to play Wallenpaupack in the semifinals. The Buckhorns advanced by knocking off Pittston Area on Friday afternoon. The score of that game was not available.
Vincent Hornak notched the only score for Hazleton Area.
First half: 1. DV, Christian Henry, 34:59; 2. DV, Henry, 27:41; 3. DV, Henry, 21:29. Second half: 4. DV, Henry, 34:49; 5. HAZ, Vincent Hornak, 32:34; 6. DV, Henry, 8:29.
Meyers fell to Mountain View in the quarterfinal matchup, and the Eagles advance to play Lakeland on Monday.
Mountain View will host the Chiefs at 3 p.m. in the semifinals.