WVC boys soccer: Crestwood stays perfect with 3-0 win against Dallas

By DJ Eberle - [email protected]
Dallas’ Zach Holthaus heads the ball near midfield away from Crestwood players during Tuesday’s game at Dallas High School. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Dallas’ Brian Kmetz dribbles the ball as Crestwood’s Justin Sterling defends during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Dallas High School. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Crestwood’s Hubert Herrara, center, is congratulated by goalkeeper Chris Smith, left, after scoring the Comets’ first goal against Dallas on their way to a 3-0 victory Tuesday at Dallas High School. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Crestwood’s Anthony Gesford (6) and Dallas’ Zach Holthaus go for the ball during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Dallas High School. - - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Dallas’ Alex Solano (29) heads the ball away from Crestwood’s Sean Murphy during Tuesday’s game at Dallas High School. - - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Crestwood’s Sean Murphy, left, and Dallas’ Joey Nardone fight for the ball near midfield during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Dallas. - - Fred Adams | For Times Leader

DALLAS TWP. — The Crestwood and Dallas boys soccer teams met four times last year.

Twice in the regular season, in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 title game and then again in the District 2 Class 3A Championship. Crestwood won three of the four, including each of the postseason matchups.

With the way things are going, these two teams could meet again at least one more time.

That’s why Tuesday’s road tilt — even though the Comets already beat Dallas back in September — was the game Crestwood head coach David McFarland was “most afraid of” on the team’s schedule.

But the Comets didn’t play like a scared team Tuesday night. Especially senior Hubert Herrera, who scored two goals en route to a 3-0 victory over the Mountaineers (9-2-1) as Crestwood (11-0) remained perfect on the season.

“Great, awesome win,” McFarland said. “This was the game that was on our schedule that we were most afraid of. It turned out to be a great game and good result for us. Dallas played really well against us. They moved the ball well and caused us a lot of trouble.”

Herrera could feel the tide shifting early in the second half. The Mountaineers were starting to possess the ball more and gain momentum.

The Crestwood senior had to do something about it. Sporting a 1-0 lead, Herrera couldn’t let the Mountaineers get back into the game — especially in front of a home crowd.

A little past the halfway mark of the second half, Herrera found himself racing down the right sideline dribbling the ball and in position to put Dallas away for good.

As Herrera neared the penalty area, Dallas goalkeeper Kyle Greenwood left the safety of his net to make a play on the ball. With Greenwood closing in, Herrera lifted the ball up in the air as the senior goalie looked to make the slide tackle to take a shot.

The ball found the back of net and put the Comets up 2-0 with 18 minutes and 51 seconds remaining in regulation.

“Anytime you see yourself go down another (goal), it’s really hard to come back and that’s all in the mental side,” Herrera said. “You have to be prepared for that.”

Despite the two-goal lead with less than 20 minutes remaining in regulation, the Comets knew they’d still be tested.

When Crestwood beat Dallas 4-2 on Sept. 6, the Comets had built up a four-goal lead only to see Dallas score a pair of second-half goals to make things close.

McFarland didn’t want history to repeat itself.

It didn’t as Justin Sterling put the nail in the Mountaineers’ coffin with 3:22 remaining, giving Crestwood a 3-0 lead as the defense closed the door.

“I made sure to remind them (of the first meeting) before the game and to make sure that didn’t happen again,” McFarland said. “When we’re up 2-0, all it takes with this crowd is one goal and then our backs are against the wall. For those reasons, the guys did a really good job of working hard and trying to get that second and third goal. They didn’t back down defensively, so that was good.”

Wyoming Seminary 9, GAR 0

The Blue Knights used an explosive first half led by Luke Johns to beat GAR. Johns factored into five of Wyoming Seminary’s goals by scoring three and registering assists on two others.

Wyoming Area 7, Hanover Area 0

The Warriors routed Hanover Area thanks to a big game from Gavin Lahart. Lahart scored two goals and added two assists for Wyoming Area.

Lake-Lehman 1, Meyers 1

The Black Knights tied with Meyers in a tough defensive match. Nate Salus scored the lone goal for Lake-Lehman.

Aiden McFarlane scored in the second half to tie the game and force the tie.

Lake-Lehman 7, MMI Prep 1

The Black Knights dominated MMI Prep Monday night thanks to Mike Bulzoni’s seven-point night which consisted of three goals and an assist. Max Paczewski also added a goal and an assist.

Ian Dewar scored the lone goal for the Preppers on a penalty kick in the second half.

Crestwood 3, Dallas 0

Crestwood`1`2 — 3

Dallas`0`0 — 0

First half — 1. CRE, Hubert Herrera, 21:18. Second half — 2. CRE, Herrera (Sean Murphy), 18:51; 3. CRE, Justin Sterling, 3:22.

Shots — CRE 15, DAL 12. Saves — CRE 5 (Chris Smith); DAL 10 (Kyle Greenwood). Corner kicks — CRE 4, DAL 2.

Wyoming Seminary 9, GAR 0

Wyoming Seminary`9`0 — 9

GAR`0`0 — 0

First half — 1. WS, Edward Miller (Luke Johns), 37:30; 2. WS, Miller (Johns), 36:12; 3. Will Zeigler (Jared Weisenberger), 27:36; 4. WS, Johns (Miller), 25:28; 5. WS, Miller (Zeigler), 25:18; 6. WS, Johns (Kyle Hromisin), 24:33; 7. WS, Johns (Jacob Gilbert), 10:37; 8. WS, Andrew Morgan (Charles Trey Leo), 7:02; 9. WS, Harrison Kayton (Gilbert), 4:31.

Shots — WS 19; GAR 3. Saves —WS 3 (Ryan Anderson); GAR 10 (Giovanni Molina/Jeison Bueno Isaula). Corner kicks — WS 4; GAR 2

Wyoming Area 7, Hanover Area 0

Wyoming Area`3`4 — 7

Hanover Area`0`0 — 0

First half — 1. WA, Riley Gerhardt (Gavin Lahart), 23:00; 2. WA, Luke Coolbaugh (Michael Remley), 3:00; 3. WA, Lahart, 0:30. Second half — 4. WA, Gerhart, 26:00; 5. WA, Coolbaugh (Lahart), 18:00; 6. WA, Cumbo, 16:00; 7. WA, Lahart (Coolbaugh) 2:00.

Shots — WA 11; HAN 6. Saves — WA 6 (Adam Wisnewski); HAN 10 (DJ Erikson). Corner kicks — WA 7; HAN 0.

Lake-Lehman 1, Meyers 1

Meyers`0`1 — 1

Lake-Lehman`1`0 — 1

First half — 1. LL, Nate Salus (Max Paczewski), 33:21. Second half — 2. MEY, Aiden McFarlane (Raul Flores), 7:51.

Shots — MEY 7; LL 14. Saves — MEY 10 (Joel Vazquez); LL 5 (Jon Raspen). Corner Kicks — MEY 7; LL 9.

Lake-Lehman 7, MMI Prep 1

Lake-Lehman`6`1 — 7

MMI Prep`0`1 — 1

First half — 1. LL, Max Paczewski (Mike Bulzoni), 39:32; 2. LL, Bulzoni (Andew Battin), 24:19; 3. LL, Paczewski (Kyle Naugle), 22:47; 4. LL, Bulzoni (Naugle), 11:49; 5. LL, Bulzoni (Paczewski), 10:25; 6. LL, Abe Dabsheh (Paczewski), 6:04. Second half — 7. LL, Nick Fegely (Luke Stogoski), 22:35; 8. MMI, Ian Dewar, 17:21.

Shots — LL 17; MMI 9. Saves— LL 5 (Jon Raspen/Jared Barber); MMI 9 (Jimmy Kelly). Corner kicks — LL 2; MMI 2.

Dallas’ Zach Holthaus heads the ball near midfield away from Crestwood players during Tuesday’s game at Dallas High School.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_dal_dr5_faa.jpgDallas’ Zach Holthaus heads the ball near midfield away from Crestwood players during Tuesday’s game at Dallas High School. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Dallas’ Brian Kmetz dribbles the ball as Crestwood’s Justin Sterling defends during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Dallas High School.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_dal_dr1_faa.jpgDallas’ Brian Kmetz dribbles the ball as Crestwood’s Justin Sterling defends during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Dallas High School. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Crestwood’s Hubert Herrara, center, is congratulated by goalkeeper Chris Smith, left, after scoring the Comets’ first goal against Dallas on their way to a 3-0 victory Tuesday at Dallas High School.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_dal_cr6_faa.jpgCrestwood’s Hubert Herrara, center, is congratulated by goalkeeper Chris Smith, left, after scoring the Comets’ first goal against Dallas on their way to a 3-0 victory Tuesday at Dallas High School. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Crestwood’s Anthony Gesford (6) and Dallas’ Zach Holthaus go for the ball during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Dallas High School.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_dal_cr3_faa.jpgCrestwood’s Anthony Gesford (6) and Dallas’ Zach Holthaus go for the ball during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Dallas High School. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Dallas’ Alex Solano (29) heads the ball away from Crestwood’s Sean Murphy during Tuesday’s game at Dallas High School.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_dal_cr2_faa.jpgDallas’ Alex Solano (29) heads the ball away from Crestwood’s Sean Murphy during Tuesday’s game at Dallas High School. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Crestwood’s Sean Murphy, left, and Dallas’ Joey Nardone fight for the ball near midfield during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Dallas.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_dal_cr4_faa.jpgCrestwood’s Sean Murphy, left, and Dallas’ Joey Nardone fight for the ball near midfield during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Dallas. Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Herrera leads Crestwood past Dallas

By DJ Eberle

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Reach DJ Eberle at 570-991-6398 or on Twitter @ByDJEberle

Reach DJ Eberle at 570-991-6398 or on Twitter @ByDJEberle