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2020 In Review: Boys Soccer

EDITOR’S NOTE: As a step in getting ready for the 2021 fall sports season, is taking a look back at the 2020 season in District 2.


All four district titles went to teams that had already won division titles in the regular season.

Mountain View won Lackawanna League Division 2 and the district Class A title. Wyoming Seminary won Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 and Class 2A. Crestwood won WVC Division 1 and Class 3A. Delaware Valley won Lackawanna Division 1 and Class 4A.

Old Forge won the Lackawanna Division 3 title.

State presence

Mountain View posted the district’s only state tournament win when it got past Millville, 2-1, on penalty kicks with a 5-3 advantage in the shootout. The Eagles reached the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A tournament quarterfinals before being eliminated.

Wyoming Seminary, which lost to eventual champion Lewisburg, and Crestwood were each eliminated in the Round of 16.


Lackawanna Division 1: Delaware Valley 10-2, North Pocono 9-2-1, Valley View 8-4, Wallenpaupack 6-4-2, Scranton 3-8-1, Scranton Prep 2-10, North Pocono 2-10.

Lackawanna Division 2: Mountain View 7-1, Dunmore 6-2, Holy Cross 5-2, Lakeland 3-7, Gregory the Great 2-6, Western Wayne 0-5.

Lackawanna Division 3: Old Forge 11-0, Riverside 7-4, Blue Ridge 6-4, West Scranton 5-6, Elk Lake 5-6, Montrose 3-5, Mid Valley 0-12.

Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1: Crestwood 10-0-2, Dallas 7-2-3, Wilkes-Barre Area 6-4-1, Wyoming Valley West 6-5-1, Hazleton Area 5-6-1, Berwick 1-8-2, Pittston Area 1-11.

Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2: Wyoming Seminary 11-0, Holy Redeemer 8-4, Wyoming Area 7-4-1, Lake-Lehman 7-5, Tunkhannock 3-7-1, Hanover Area 1-8-1, Nanticoke 1-10-1.


The top half of the District 2 Class A bracket got disrupted when eighth-seeded Forest City upset top-seeded Old Forge, 3-1, and fifth-seeded Riverside beat fourth-seeded Blue Ridge, 2-1.

Forest City then reached the final with another 3-1 victory before losing to Mountain View, 1-0.

All seven higher-seeds won in the Class 2A tournament, including Wyoming Seminary defeating Wyoming Area, 1-0, in the final.

Third-seeded Valley View beat second-seeded North Pocono, 5-1, in the Class 3A semifinals, but lost to Crestwood, 4-0, for the championship.

District 4’s Williamsport, the second seed, defeated top-seeded Delaware Valley, 3-1, in the District 2-4 Class 4A Subregional final.

As the last District 2 Class 4A team and the highest-ranked team from the regular season, Delaware Valley was declared district champion.

COVID Impact

The PIAA eliminated all but district champions from the state tournament.

Abington Heights and Carbondale sat out the entire season. Forest City did not play its Lackawanna League Division 3 schedule, playing only late-season, non-league games and the district tournament.

Once schedules were adjusted, there were still 12 Lackawanna League and 3 WVC games that never got played because of COVID-related postponements.


Five district players, all seniors, made the Pennsylvania Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association all-state team. The selections were Riverside forward Brandon Reed, Delaware Valley forward Hunter Sickler, Lake-Lehman midfielder Max Paczewski, Dunmore midfielder Kilian Palmiter and Holy Redeemer goalkeeper Lance McGrane. … Lewisburg outscored four state tournament opponents, 18-0, including Wyoming Seminary, 6-0, in the first round.

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