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DISTRICT 2 GIRLS SOCCER PREVIEW: Lake-Lehman 2A Top Seed, Crestwood Ranked First In 3A

October 24, 2018

CLASS A

Defending champ: Lakeland

Moving on: The champion advances to the PIAA tournament, where it will play the District 3 runner-up in the first round Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Matchups

No. 5 Holy Cross (4-12-1) at No. 4 Elk Lake (7-9)

No. 6 Carbondale Area (3-11) at No. 3 Forest City (7-7)

First-round byes for No. 1 Montrose (16-1) and No. 2 Mountain View (11-7)

Dates

Quarterfinals, Friday

Semifinals, Oct. 30

Championship, Nov. 1

Outlook

The Wyoming Valley Conference does not have a team in this field. ... Last year’s final resulted in a 2-0 win for Lakeland over Mountain View. Lakeland has since moved up to Class 2A. ... This year’s No. 1 seed, Montrose, was the runner-up last year in Class 2A.

CLASS 2A

Defending champ: Lake-Lehman

Moving on: The champion advances to the PIAA tournament, where it will play the District 4 champion in the first round Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Matchups

No. 8 Meyers (3-9) at No. 1 Lake-Lehman (15-2)

No. 5 Lakeland (11-6) at No. 4 Western Wayne (11-5-2)

No. 6 Dunmore (8-7-1) at No. 3 Holy Redeemer (11-6)

No. 7 Wyoming Seminary (6-7) at No. 2 Wyoming Area (13-5)

Dates

Quarterfinals, Thursday

Semifinals, Oct. 30

Championship, Nov. 1

Outlook

After losing its first two games against Wyoming Area and Carbondale Area, Lake-Lehman has since won 15 straight. Fourteen different players have scored in league play for the Black Knights, including Emily Smith (25 goals, 16 assists) and Madison Brdaric (22 goals, eight assists). Lehman has five shutouts in its last eight games thanks to goalkeeper Emma Stroud and her strong defense. ... This is Wyoming Area’s best shot at a district final in many years. The Warriors were a 13 seed in 2014, No. 12 in 2015, No. 8 in 2016, and No. 4 in 2017. Aleah Kranson leads the Warriors in goals (35) and assists (19) in league play. Wyoming Area is 1-1 this season against Lehman. ... Holy Redeemer juniors Annie Bagnall and Kasey Danko have combined to score 56 goals with 12 assists in league play. The Royals are 1-1 against WA, but 0-2 against Lehman. ... Western Wayne was on a nine-game win streak, but suffered back-to-back losses and then back-to-back ties to end its season. ... One of Western Wayne’s end-of-season losses was against No. 5 seed Lakeland, 1-0. ... Dunmore made the D2 Class 2A semifinals last year. Dunmore ended its regular season with a 1-0 win against Lakeland on an Emma Coar direct kick goal. ... Sem started the season 0-7, then finished it by going 6-0. This is pretty easy to explain. The Blue Knights’ early part of the schedule had two games against Redeemer, two against Lehman, two against WA. The back-half was loaded with Meyers, GAR and Hanover Area. Emily Matthews is a gifted scorer with 20 goals, including a current streak of three straight hat tricks. ... Meyers posted two wins this season against Hanover Area and one against GAR. Haley Krasnavage leads the team with nine goals.

Bottom line

Having won this tournament in back-to-back years, Lake-Lehman is the clear favorite. On paper, the Black Knights shouldn’t have much trouble making it to the final. On the other side of the bracket is more talent from the WVC, as a potential Wyoming Area vs. Holy Redeemer semifinal could be the best game of the district playoffs.

CLASS 3A

Defending champ: Dallas

Moving on: The champion and runner-up each advance to the PIAA tournament, which begins Tuesday, Nov. 6. The D2 champion will play the District 3 runner-up. The D2 runner-up will play the District 4 champion.

Matchups

No. 9 Valley West (8-8-1) or No. 8 Abington Heights (9-8) at No. 1 Crestwood (15-1-2)

No. 5 Coughlin (13-5) at No. 4 Dallas (14-2-2)

No. 6 Berwick (11-7) at No. 3 Wallenpaupack (15-3)

No. 7 Honesdale (11-7) at No. 2 Scranton Prep (13-2)

Dates

First round, today

Quarterfinals, Thursday or Friday

Semifinals, Oct. 30

Championship, Nov. 1

Outlook

Crestwood deserves so much credit for this regular season. Senior Melissa Herrera, who surpassed 100 career goals, has 33 goals and 10 assists in league play. The Comets’ only loss was against Coughlin; they tied Dallas and Williamsport. ... Crestwood earned the No. 1 seed with a .736625 power rating, edging Scranton Prep’s .731420. Compare that with Lake-Lehman and Wyoming Area in Class 2A, where Lehman’s .718858 far outweighed WA’s .621905. In other words, Scranton Prep is really close to Crestwood. Prep has won five in a row with its last loss coming Oct. 3 against Abington Heights. ... No. 3 Wallenpaupack has only three losses, two of which were against Scranton Prep. ... Dallas’ high-powered offense is led by Ali Francis (36 goals, 11 assists) and Emma Sweitzer (12 goals, 11 assists). When they’re at their best, the Mountaineers play like a No. 1 seed — especially considering their experience; last year, they won the district. Dallas’ losses were against Lehman and Crestwood. ... Coughlin is red-hot. The Crusaders started October in bad shape, losing three straight matches against Berwick, Dallas and Lehman. Then, they won six in a row, including a 3-0 win against Crestwood. Krystal Haertter, Esa Mendola and Allyse Filipowich have all scored 10-plus goals, giving Coughlin a balanced offense. ... Berwick’s been a streaky team. Right now, it’s a good streak. The Bulldogs have won three straight by a combined score of 12-0. Kayla Fernandez, Sarina Definnis, Katie Starr and Abby Seely have each scored at least five goals. ... Honesdale has won five of its last six. ... Abington Heights has played some WVC crossover games, losing 4-2 to Dallas and 2-1 to Wyoming Area. Earlier this month, the Comets picked up a big 2-1 win at Scranton Prep. ... Valley West’s Kennadi Josefowicz is one of the best scorers in this tournament. She has 30 goals in league play, including 16 in the last four games.

Bottom line

There’s a lot of the usual suspects in here. Last year’s D2 semifinals featured an Abington Heights win over Crestwood and a Dallas win over Valley West, setting up Dallas’ 3-0 win against Abington Heights for the title. The seedings are different this year, but there’s little separation between these teams. The way this bracket sets up, we will probably get a WVC vs. Lackawanna League championship.

CLASS 4A

Defending champ: Williamsport

Moving on: The champion advances to the PIAA tournament, where it will play District 1’s No. 4 seed Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Matchups

No. 3 Hazleton Area (4-13) at No. 2 Delaware Valley (9-8-1)

Hazleton Area or Del Val at No. 1 Williamsport (12-4-2)

Dates

District 2 championship, Thursday

D2/4 subregional championship, Nov. 1

Outlook

With only two teams from District 2, this tournament is basically over as soon as it begins. ... Kyra Antolick is Hazleton Area’s leading scorer with six goals. Josie Middleton leads the Cougars with five assists. Hazleton Area’s four wins were against Tunkhannock (twice), Nanticoke Area and Pittston Area. ... Del Val is on a three-game losing streak. Two of the Warriors’ wins were against Scranton (0-14), which voluntarily withdrew from the Class 4A playoffs. ... Williamsport will be a heavy favorite in the final. The Millionaires played two WVC teams, beating Redeemer 3-0 and tying with Crestwood 4-4.

— MATT BUFANO