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BOYS SOCCER ROUNDUP: Cougars down DV in opener

Liam Harrison scored both goals Wednesday when Valley View opened the Lackawanna League boys soccer season by defeating defending Division 1 champion Delaware Valley, 2-1.

Shay Gillen assisted one of the goals.

Valley View, which opened the season ranked third among Big Schools in the Riverfront United Super Six Soccer Power Rankings of District 2 teams, improved to 2-0 overall.

Delaware Valley, ranked fifth, is 0-2 overall after losing an out-of-state game in its weekend opener.

In other Division 1 games: Abington Heights shut out Honesdale, 5-0; North Pocono blanked Scranton Prep, 4-0; and Wallenpaupack defeated Scranton, 3-1.

The Abington Heights win was the first since 2019.

The Comets sat out last season when the school’s administration canceled fall “contact” sports as a pandemic precaution. The team then suffered a pair of one-goal losses in non-league games to begin this season.

All of the scoring took place in the second half.

Yoshi Matsui scored two goals, the first coming 1:09 into the half.

Nate Steenback assisted Matsui, then scored 45 seconds later.

Kohen Stiles assisted Steenback, then made it 3-0 by scoring 3:08 later.

Philip Sykes made four saves and Nick Slusser three while combining on the shutout.

Top-ranked North Pocono won its game, which was halted with 14 minutes left because of lightning.

Jonah Yurkanin scored on a pair of penalty kicks and assisted the other two goals, by Cayden Lougee and Corbin Lankford.

Lakeland defeated Forest City, 7-1, in Lackawanna Division 2 and Riverside downed Mid Valley, 6-2, in Lackawanna Division 3.

Chase Flynn, Jordan Case and Aaron Yurkanin scored twice each for Lakeland.

Division 2 of the Wyoming Valley Conference also opened.

Kendall Heck had three goals and an assist as Wyoming Area shut out Nanticoke, 6-0.

Dylan Kostik added two goals and an assist.

In other WVC Division 2 games: Wyoming Seminary shut out Hanover Area, 8-0, and Holy Redeemer defeated MMI Prep, 5-1.

Wyoming Seminary opened its division title defense.

Mark Atherton scored twice for Holy Redeemer.

In non-league play, No. 2 Big School Crestwood lost at Lewisburg, 2-0.

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