DALLAS — It was less than three weeks ago when Crestwood opened its season by handing Dallas its first regular season Wyoming Valley Conference loss in 30 games.
The two met again on Wednesday with the Mountaineers getting their revenge and more.
The Saba brothers – Danny and Matt – combined for seven goals and two assists as Dallas pounded Crestwood 9-0 in a Division I battle. Despite that 4-2 loss to the Comets on Sept. 1, the Mountaineers have gone unbeaten in 26 of their last 27 matches. Crestwood (4-3), meanwhile, suffered its worst defeat in at least the last eight years.
"I personally think we came out too cocky last time. It was the first game of the season. We thought we were going to win, but we lost," said senior Danny Saba, who recorded his second straight four-goal match. "It basically showed us what we have to do to win and we came out here 110 percent and won 9-0."
The match started off as an even contest.
Younger brother Matt Saba, a junior, got the Mountaineers (5-1-1) off to a 1-0 lead scoring less than 10 minutes into the match for a 1-0 lead. It took about another 12 minutes before Matt Saba scored again to up the score to 2-0 with 18:37 left in the first half. This time it was off an assist from his brother.
Danny Saba scored twice three minutes apart later in the first half as Dallas jumped out to a 4-0 advantage at halftime.
To begin the second half, Danny Saba made the score 5-0 a little over a minute into the period and Matt Saba scored Dallas' sixth goal 10 minutes later.
The Sabas were so impressive on Wednesday that they accounted for 12 of the team's 20 shots while outshooting the Comets themselves by four. It was also the first time in their careers that they both registered a hat trick in the same match.
"It's cool because I kind of look up to him sometimes and it's just nice to be able to (have a big game together)", Matt Saba said.
Nate Wood scored the seventh goal of the afternoon and his first of two during the contest to force the newly instituted mercy rule for Dallas.
The new mercy rule, which just went into effect last spring for the girls season, keeps the clock running despite goals being scored. The clock is still stopped for yellow cards or injuries. The new rule was never thought to be used on Wednesday between two of the top teams in the WVC.
"After we lost 4-2, I though it'd be closer, a lot closer, definitely not 9-0," Danny Saba said. "I think they played just as good as last time we just had an off game. (Wednesday) we just moved the ball around and made them chase. That made it easy for us."
Dallas 9, Crestwood 0
First half: 1. DAL, Matt Saba (A.J. Nardone) 30:46; 2. DAL, Matt Saba (Danny Saba) 18:27; 3. DAL, Danny Saba (Nate Wood) 12:18; 4. Danny Saba (Nardone) 9:19;
Second half: 1. DAL, Danny Saba 38:51; 2. DAL, Matt Saba (Nardone) 28:13; 3. DAL, Nate Wood 20:35; 4. DAL, Danny Saba (Brandon Scharff) 19:05; 5. DAL, Wood (Matt Saba) 10:13
Shots: CRE 8, DAL 20; Saves: CRE 7 (Steven Rerick), DAL 4 (Casey Barrett, Kyle Williams); Corners: CRE 1, DAL 2.
The Black Knights remained unbeaten at 5-0-1 in Division I as Chris Edkins assisted on all four goals to four different players.
Mike Symeon, Chris Herrick, Kris Konycki and Austin Harry all scored in the victory.
|Wyoming Valley West||0||0||—||0|
First half: 1. LL, Mike Symeon (Chris Edkins) 24:36; 2. LL, Chris Herrick (Edkins) 3:34
Second half: 1. LL, Kris Konicki (Edkins) 27:34; 2. LL, Austin Harry (Edkins) 21:26
Shots: WVW 7, LL 12; Saves: WVW 7 (Logan Zavada), LL 5 (Colin Masters); Corners: WVW 0, LL 3.
In a crossover match, the teams couldn't settle anything through 100 minutes of play and settled for a tie.
Ian Tracy and Jordan Consagra scored for the Division II Patriots, while Anthony Ramos and Junior Ramos had tallies for the Division III Bulldogs.
First half: 1. PA, Ian Tracy (Nick Allardyce) 19th minute; 2. BER, Anthony Ramos (Richard Umana) 39th; Second half: 1. BER, Junior Ramos (Edgar Guzman) 46th; 2. PA, Jordan Consagra (Colin Tracy) 50th
Shots: BER 17, PA 17; Saves: BER 9 (Erickson Vasquez), PA 12 (Zach McKitish); Corners: BER 5, PA 9.
Henry Cornell tallied a hat trick as Wyoming Seminary dispatched Nanticoke.
Andriy Molchanov added two assists for the Blue Knights.
First half: 1. SEM Henry Cornell (Eduardo Laguna) 44th minute
Second half: 1. SEM Cornell 56th minute; 2. SEM Cornell (Andriy Molchanov) 77th minute; 3. SEM Benedikt Buerk (Molchanov) 83rd minute
Shots: NAN 2, SEM 9; Saves: NAN 6 (Carmelo Pioquinto), SEM 2 (Riku Kaizaki); Corners: NAN 2, SEM 2.
Jacob Hughes and Dean Mirabelli each scored and assisted on a goal for Tunkhannock in a win at home against GAR.
First half: 1. TUN Jake Cole 28th minute; 2. TUN Dean Mirabelli (Jacob Hughes) 32nd; 3. TUN Jacob Hughes (Packie Cronin) 41st
Second half: 1. TUN Dan Shurtleff 46th; 2. TUN Aidan Cronin (Mirabelli) 66th
Shots: GAR 3, TUN 29; Saves: GAR 20 (Jesus Tlatenchi), TUN 3 (Zac Daniels, Sean Andres); Corners: GAR 1, TUN 6.
|Valley West (3A)||2||3||0|
|Hazleton Area (3A)||1||6||0|
|Wyoming Seminary (A)||6||2||0|
|Holy Redeemer (2A)||4||3||1|
|Pittston Area (3A)||1||4||1|
|Wyoming Area (2A)||2||5||1|
|Hanover Area (2A)||0||5||1|