As the 2017 regular season winds down, the battle for division leads in the Wyoming Valley Conference boys soccer featured some big matchups last week.
The Division 2 picture became a little more clear when Lake-Lehman topped Meyers for a second time, but Division 1 only got more unpredictable when Crestwood avenged an earlier loss to Dallas. There’s still plenty to play for this week, starting with a handful of Division 1 games and a Division 2 game scheduled today.
Here’s a quick look back at the past week of WVC boys soccer, and five of its top performances.
1. Hubert Herrera, Crestwood – Herrera had one of the most dramatic goals of the season to date. He scored a game-winner in overtime on Oct. 5, which 1) handed Dallas its first loss of the season, 2) moved the Comets into a tie with the Mountaineers in Division 1 and 3) gave Crestwood some amount of revenge after losing to Dallas in last year’s District 2 final and in an earlier meeting this year. Herrera also had a goal and an assist in an Oct. 2 win at Tunkhannock.
2. Eddie Melan, Tunkhannock – The Tigers have had an up-and-down season following last year’s Division 1 title, but Melan has become a consistent scoring threat. He had goals in all three of their games last week, including two in a big, 3-1 victory over Coughlin — a team that had beaten Tunkhannock by five early into the season. With an additional goal in a loss to Crestwood and a win against Pittston Area, Melan has helped the Tigers climb to a 6-4-1 mark as the postseason gets closer.
3. David Chopyak, Dallas – Chopyak found himself in a perfect position twice to score a pair of goals on Oct. 3 against Valley West, which had jumped to an early lead against the then-unbeaten Dallas. His scores off rebounds gave the Mounts a lead they didn’t give up through a tight second half. Chopyak also scored a goal and assisted another at Pittston Area the day before.
4. Max Paczewski, Lake-Lehman – The Black Knights’ star freshman scored on a rainbow that became the winner against Meyers on Oct. 5, keeping their unbeaten season (11-0-1) intact. Add a four-goal outing against Hanover Area on Oct. 3, and Paczewski is showing why a young roster doesn’t make Lehman a pushover.
5. Adam Eckhart, Nanticoke Area – It’s never easy to score four goals in a game, regardless of the opponent, and Eckhart found the net four times twice last week. He accounted for all of the Trojans’ goals in an Oct. 3 win vs. MMI Prep, and he scored four more against Hanover Area on Oct. 7.
Honorable mention: Berwick’s Kenneth Marshman scored four goals and added two assists against MMI on Oct. 7. … Meyers’ Tanner Nilon had four goals and two assists, and Sam Germain had three goals and an assist over the Mohawks’ three-game week. They both scored in a 2-1 win over Holy Redeemer. … Wyoming Seminary’s Edge Miller posted back-to-back three-goal, one-assist outings against Hanover Area and GAR. … Miller’s teammate Luke Johns also scored three times at Hanover Area.
Check out the Citizens’ Voice throughout this week for more coverage of WVC boys soccer.