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CLASS A BOYS SOCCER RECAP: Holy Cross repeats championship

Ron Prislupski

Holy Cross and Old Forge went more than 52 minutes without scoring in Friday night’s District 2 Class A boys soccer championship game.

Then, the two offenses made up for lost time, scoring four goals in less than four minutes.

Ron Prislupski finished with three goals, including his 50th of the season, as the Crusaders pulled away for a 4-1 victory at Schautz Stadium and a repeat of their district championship.

Jacque Kakareka opened the scoring for Holy Cross and Prislupski followed with his first goal for a 2-0 lead.

Logan Fanning tried to bring the Blue Devils back, scoring to cut the lead to 2-1, but Prisupski added another quick goal.

Prislupski broke the game open by scoring again and reaching the 50-goal mark for the second straight season. He finished last season with 72 goals and now has 160 for his career.

Aiden McCoy had two assists and Aidan Krieger had one for the Crusaders.

Holy Cross took all nine of the game’s corner kicks.

The Crusaders won three straight District 2 tournament games by a total of 17-1 to bounce back from suffering their only loss of the season in a playoff to determine the Lackawanna League Division 2 title.

Holy Cross (15-1-2) opens the state tournament Tuesday against District 4 champion East Juniata (17-3-1) at Midd-West High School in Middleburg.

A recap of the rest of the District 2 tournament:


Holy Cross 3, Mountain View 0

Drew Smith scored goals in each half to lead Holy Cross to the Wednesday victory over visiting Mountain View.

Smith had the only goal of the first half.

Prislupski finished with a goal and an assist while Josh Mease posted his second straight shutout.

Old Forge 4, Gregory the Great 2

Lackawanna Division 3 champion Old Forge broke a tie late in the first half and closed the scoring early in the second half to secure its first district championship game berth.

Nahuel Minis scored twice for the Blue Devils.


Mountain View 1, Blue Ridge 0

Noah Barnes scored in overtime Tuesday to lift the Eagles to the road victory in the completion of a suspended game.

Mountain View and Blue Ridge played to a scoreless tie through the end of regulation when the game was halted because of darkness.

Holy Cross 10, MMI Prep 0

Smith scored two goals and assisted on three others in the Oct. 31 quarterfinal.

The top-seeded Crusaders opened a 7-0 halftime lead.

Ron Prislupski and Jamie Prislupski scored twice each.

Gregory the Great 1, Elk Lake 0

Sixth-seeded Gregory the Great won on the road over third-seeded Elk Lake Oct. 31.

Old Forge 5, Forest City 2

Minis and Tyler Pepsin each scored two goals to lead Old Forge to the Oct. 31, home-field victory.

The Blue Devils opened a 3-0 halftime lead before Collin Bailer and Elijah Ferrara assisted each other on goals for the Foresters.

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