SCRANTON – It took a championship team to defeat Abington Heights High School in boys soccer this season.
Delaware Valley added its latest championship Saturday night, Nov. 3, by shutting out the Comets, 4-0, in the District 2 Class AAA final at Marywood University.
We had a pretty good year, Abington Heights coach Steve Klingman said of the Comets, who won the Lackawanna League Division 1 title. Our losses came three times to them (Delaware Valley); to Mountain View, the undefeated champion in A; and Coughlin, the champion in Double-A.
Delaware Valley won the Lackawanna League Division 2 title with the help of a 2-1 win over Abington Heights in the regular season. The Warriors then topped the Comets, 1-0, in a meeting of division champions for the Lackawanna League Big School title.
The Warriors were at their best in the third meeting, holding the Comets without a shot for the first 48:30 while opening a 2-0 lead on a pair of first-half goals by Christian Henry.
We didn't play real well and Henry's a nice finisher, Klingman said. … When you play in a match like this, you have to be at your best.
Just 7:46 into the game, he made a long run with the ball to open the scoring. Henry dribbled up the right side, split two defenders while cutting to the middle and slipped a shot on the ground inside the right post.
When Chris Clark drew a call in the penalty area with 16:14 left in the half, Henry went high to convert the penalty kick.
Henry's direct kick led to the third goal with 26:58 remaining. His hard shot could not be controlled and Bruno Rodriguez knocked in the rebound.
The Comets reached the final with a 3-1 win over Wyoming Valley West Thursday at the University of Scranton's Fitzpatrick Field.
Kevin Elwell assisted on goals by Ryan Patrick and Tarek Khalil as the Comets overwhelmed the Spartans in the first 10 minutes.
Wyoming Valley West closed within a goal at halftime, but Michael Sullivan set up a Matt Hoyt goal to restore the two-goal lead with 16 minutes left.
The Comets led, 23-7, in shots, but Logan Zavada kept the Spartans close for much of the game with 14 saves.
JAY MONAHAN also contributed to this report.