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BOYS SOCCER: No. 1s need OT

North Pocono and Wyoming Area, the Big School and Small School No. 1 teams in the Riverfront United Super Six Soccer Power Rankings of District 2 teams, needed overtime Wednesday to advance to boys championship games.

North Pocono scored just 28 seconds into the overtime to defeat Abington Heights, 2-1, in Class 3A.

Wyoming Area got past Holy Redeemer, 3-2, in Class 2A.

While defending champions Delaware Valley, Williamsport and Crestwood all lost, Wyoming Seminary and Mountain View kept their hopes alive.

Top-seeded Hazleton Area won, 3-0, over Delaware Valley, the defending District 2 Class 4A champion.

Williamsport was the defending champion of the District 2-4 Class 4A Subregional as a whole, but it lost to Wilkes-Barre Area, 3-1, in the other semifinal.

Seventh-seeded Wallenpaupack ended Crestwood’s four-year run as Class 3A champion, 1-0.

The Buckhorns have shut out the second and third seeds back-to-back to earn a shot at top-seeded North Pocono.

Wyoming Seminary defeated Dunmore, 5-2, to advance to face Wyoming Area in Class 2A.

Mountain View made it to the Class A final as a sixth-seed beating Lackawanna League Division 3 champion Blue Ridge, 3-2.

Like Wallenpaupack, the Eagles have beaten the second and third seeds and will now face the top seed. Their opponent is Holy Cross, which clobbered Old Forge, 9-1.

District 2 scheduled the Class 2A and A finals for Friday, but moved the Class 3A and 4A championship games to Saturday.

Hazleton Area’s Angelo Paniqua and Wilkes-Barre Area’s Aidan McFarlane scored two goals each to lead the Class 4A victories.

Eliot Bowen had the quick strike for North Pocono in overtime, off a Cayden Lougee assist. Bowen ran down Lougee’s long lead pass and got off a quick shot to score on the partial breakaway.

Abington Heights had forced overtime when Rob Saunders converted Ryan Salony’s assist with 8:38 left in regulation.

Corbin Lankford scored for North Pocono, off a Jake Silva assist, midway through the first half.

North Pocono outshot Abington Heights, 15-7, and led in corner kicks, 8-1.

Jordan Carr made six saves in the win.

Philip Sykes had 11 saves for Abington Heights.

Luke Kiesendahl’s header off a Chris Maurice direct kick from near midfield gave Wallenpaupack the game’s only goal early in the second half.

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