WVC BOYS SOCCER ROUNDUP: MMI Prep Gets First Win Since 2015
At MMI Prep, goals by Ian Dewar and Carter Frask gave MMI Prep just enough firepower to beat Hanover Area, 2-1, and snap the longest active losing streak in Wyoming Valley Conference boys soccer Thursday.
The Preppers (1-6 Division 2) won their first WVC match since going 2-14 in the 2015 season. Dewar put them ahead with a goal only 2 minutes, 51 seconds into Thursday’s game, and Frask doubled their lead with 13-plus minutes remaining.
It was enough for MMI to hold on when Nick Evans got Hanover Area (1-5 Division 2) on the board in the final five minutes of regulation.
FIRST HALF: Ian Dewar (MMI) unassisted, 2:51.
SECOND HALF: Carter Frask (MMI) unassisted, 67:18; Nick Evans (Han) unassisted, 75:15.
SHOTS: Han 10, MMI 9.
SAVES: Han (Zack Evans) 7, MMI (Jimmy Kelly) 9.
Valley West 2, Tunkhannock 1
At Spartan Stadium in Kingston, Landon Serbin assisted Nate Naugle’s winning goal with 6:45 to play as the Spartans (7-3, 6-2 Division 1) dealt the Tigers (6-2, 4-2 Division 1) their second loss of the season.
Naugle’s goal broke a tie forced by Tunkhannock’s Eddie Melan with 20:31 to go, on an assist by Braiden Jerome.
Saquon Portee also scored for Valley West. Goalie Chris Stoodley stopped six shots.
FIRST HALF: Saquon Portee (VW) from Justin Hargrave, 23:24.
SECOND HALF: Eddie Melan (Tun) from Braiden Jerome, 20:31; Nate Naugle (VW) from Landon Serbin, 6:45.
SHOTS: Tun 7, VW 13.
CORNERS: Tun 2, VW 3.
SAVES: Tun (Ethan Munley) 11, VW (Chris Stoodley) 6.
Hazleton Area 8, Nanticoke Area 3
At Nanticoke Area, Michael Mehalshick’s hat trick, plus two-goal days from Chris Wolk and Luke Russo, powered the Cougars.
Noah Matriccino also scored for the Cougars (4-3-2, 4-3-1 Division 1), who had their highest scoring output of the year. Hazleton Area has now won four games in a WVC season for the first time since 2016 (4-10).
Matthew Gomelko gave the Trojans (2-9, 1-8 Division 1) a goal before halftime, and Adam Eckhart and Tyler Rushton scored in the second half.
HAZLETON AREA GOALS: Michael Mehalshick 3, Luke Russo 2, Chris Wolk 2, Noah Matriccino.
HAZLETON AREA ASSISTS: Wil Garcia 2, Chris Wolk 2, Nathan Bacon, Anibal Delgado, Joseph Rosero, Luke Russo.
NANTICOKE AREA GOALS: Adam Eckhart, Matthew Gomelko,Tyler Rushton.
NANTICOKE AREA ASSIST: Tyler Rushton.
SAVES: Haz (Jeremy Aquino) 8, NA (Isaiah Johnson) 12.