HS SOCCER: Goalie Vosburg Keeps Wallenpaupack In Division Hunt
SCRANTON — Wallenpaupack came to Scranton Prep knowing it needed to avenge a first-game loss to keep alive its title hopes in Division I of the Lackawanna Soccer League.
Thanks to keeper Derrick Vosburg, the Buckhorns are still in the chase.
Vosburg made two dynamic saves and Wallenpaupack rallied for a pair of second-half goals to edge the Cavaliers, 2-1, at Loyola Athletic Complex.
“It wasn’t just me, it’s my teammates,” Vosburg said. “They put me in a good position to make those saves. They do their job of staying in front and making a shot hard so then I can do my job and protect the goal.”
But when they didn’t, Vosburg was more than up to the task.
Trailing, 1-0, after Scranton Prep’s Spencer Kiehl gave his team a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute, Vosburg got some help from the crossbar in the 36th minute, but the rebound went right to Edilson Lopes on the doorstep.
Lopes headed the ball and was ready to celebrate when Vosburg dived to his left and somehow kept the rebound out of the net.
“It was close,” Vosburg said. “It was right on the line. It wasn’t a goal but it was really close.”
Scranton Prep had two more chances to extend its lead early in the second half.
Corbin White hit the crossbar 2½ minutes into the second half, and two minutes later, Alec Buttner’s redirection trickled just wide of the post.
“It’s a beautiful game, but it’s also a cruel sport where you can possess and outpossess and outpossess, and have more opportunities and outshoot them,” Scranton Prep coach Sean Curry said. “But if you don’t put enough in the goal, it doesn’t matter in the end and that’s what happened today.”
Prep outshot the Buckhorns, 12-5, but Wallenpaupack knotted the score in the 47th minute when Izaiah Santiago buried a left-footed shot from just inside the 18-yard line.
“I told them, ‘Hey, we’ve got 40 minutes. We’ve got to go,’ ” Wallenpaupack coach Scott Bonagura said. “ ‘We’ve got to keep pressing, put them under pressure and get that goal and see the momentum swing.’ ”
Both teams had chances to take the lead, with Kasper Zaba-Poplawski missing just wide in the 65th minute, and White robbed by Vosburg off a free kick just outside the 18 three minutes later.
“Derrick was great in the goal,” Bonagura said. “He made some huge saves for us. The crossbar to the header from (Lopes) just showed how athletic he is and his quick reflexes.
“I think the better save would be the one off the free kick because his technique and quickness to cover the near post — because he’s covering the far post hoping the wall gets the near post.”
White’s ball hooked around the wall and skimmed the wet turf, but Vosburg smothered it at the post.
Three minutes later, Zaba-Poplawski scored the game-winning goal on a deflected ball that went right onto the foot of Connor Barnes, who slipped the ball to Zaba-Poplawski 10 yards inside midfield.
“They had possession most of the second half but we managed to get it,” Zaba-Poplawski said. “Connor got it off a second ball. I made the run, he saw me, I got a little fortunate off the deflection.
“I dribbled in as fast as I could and I tucked it away. I was looking at the keeper. His positioning was a little bit too much to the far post. I saw the near post was open and that’s where I put it.”
That gave Wallenpaupack a desperately needed win to pull even atop the standings with Abington Heights and Scranton Prep, all with 21 points, although Abington Heights has only fewer loss.
“We knew we needed to win this,” Zaba-Poplawski said. “It’s a big confidence booster going into Thursday against Abington. We just keep striving for that title.”
While a disappointing loss, Scranton Prep still has a game remaining with Abington Heights.
“It’s frustrating, at the same time, two good teams,” Curry said. “We’re not happy but we’ll survive. We’re playing with the big boys to prepare for districts.
“The league is nice to win but the district championship is the real goal and so playing against quality teams like this week in and week out is hopefully putting us where we need to be.”
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Wallenpaupack (6-2) 0 2 — 2 Scranton Prep (6-2) 1 0 — 1
FIRST HALF: Spencer Kiehl (SP) unassisted, 23:51. SECOND HALF: Izaiah Santiago (W) unassisted, 46:34; Kasper Zaba-Poplawski (W) from Connor Barnes, 71:14.
Shots-corners: WAL 6-8, SP 12-6.
Saves: Derrick Vosburg (W) 4, Colin Legg (SP) 3.
Delaware Valley 2, Honesdale 1
At Delaware Valley, Joby Curtain scored in the 99th minute to lift the Warriors to a 2-1 win over Honesdale.
Owen Henry also scored for the Warriors.
Jacob Vandelinde scored for Honesdale.
Delaware Valley (2-4) 0 1 0 1 — 2 Honesdale (0-6) 0 1 0 0 — 1
SECOND HALF: Owen Henry (DV) assisted by Mason Van Horn. 65:00. Jacob Vandelinde (HON) unassisted. 78:00.
SECOND OT: Joby Curtain (DV) unassisted. 99:00.
Shots-corners: DV 12-4, HON 10-3.
Saves: Daniel Bradley (DV) 12, Dayle Kulikowski (HON) 8.
Abington Heights 2, Scranton 1
At Memorial Stadium, Jimmy Lefchak scored in the 77th minute to give Abington Heights a win.
Ameer Alfanooni scored for Scranton.
Abington Heights (6-1) 0 2 — 2 Scranton (3-3) 1 0 — 1
FIRST HALF: Ameer Alfanooni (SCR) from Daniel Aguilar, 33:40. SECOND HALF: Cole Madera (AH) from Luke Abdalla, 57:28; Jimmy Lefchak (AH) unassisted, 76:14.
Shots-corners: AH 13-3, SCR 7-1.
Saves: Anthony Lionetti (AH) 3; Nick Drouse (SCR) 8.
Western Wayne 2, Montrose 0
At Western Wayne, Connor Laity scored two goals to lead the Wildcats to a Division II win.
Gary Geinitz had 10 saves to earn the shutout.
Montrose (5-2) 0 0 — 0 Western Wayne (6-1-1) 1 1 — 2
FIRST HALF: Connor Laity from Dahlton Frisbie, 4:30. SECOND HALF: Laity unassisted, 60:00.
Shots-corners: MON 10-4, WW 15-8.
Saves: Ethan Hitchcock (MON) 13; Gary Geinitz (WW) 10.