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Fairly merely put, Lewisburg is off to a outstanding begin. Or you could possibly say a wonderful begin. Possibly nice is a greater phrase? Regardless, you get the concept.
The Inexperienced Dragons are 6-0, common almost seven objectives per sport, and have scored almost 40 objectives to this point. Lewisburg’s an important crew and nobody needs to play them.
There’s numerous causes for that success, however for those who ask standout starter Ben Liscum, it’s thanks to 2 juniors stepping up massive time.
“Carter Hoover and Philip (Permyashkin) had been sophomores and didn’t essentially have the expertise final yr, however this yr completely stepped up in an enormous approach for us,” Liscum mentioned. “Jack (Dieffenderfer) getting back from harm (was massive). He’s very explosive.”
Add all of that up, and you’ve got the recipe for a potent crew which might strike nearly as quick as a raindrop falls.
“To be sincere I’m not (shocked at our goal-scoring). I’ve an excellent senior class and introduced again two main goal-scorers from final yr and Jack Dieffenderfer, who was harm all final yr, bringing him within the combine and getting used to enjoying with all of these guys,” Lewisburg coach Ben Kettlewell mentioned. “I nonetheless assume we’ve a tricky a part of our schedule to return, so I believe we’ll decelerate somewhat bit. I believe as soon as groups get somewhat little bit of a learn on us, we’ll need to play somewhat egocentric at occasions too.”
Groups could ultimately get a learn on Lewisburg and determine them out, but it surely’s simpler mentioned than completed. Concentrate on Liscum and you permit the door open for Anthony Bhangdia to strike. Attempt to double each of them, Dieffenderfer or Hoover could make a transfer.
Space defenses have to choose their poison as they work out how one can cease this scoring machine. Liscum summed it up finest after the Inexperienced Dragons defeated Williamsport, 1-0, final Saturday afternoon on the Balls Mills Soccer Complicated after Lewisburg recorded 20 photographs on aim.
“If I used to be going up in opposition to us, I wouldn’t essentially know what to do simply because there’s so some ways we will assault the opposition and it’s only a energy we’ve,” he mentioned.
Lewisburg is outscoring its opponents, 39-2. Liscum leads the crew with 10 objectives. Bhangdia and Dieffenderfer each have 9. Lewisburg possesses the ball extraordinarily properly and makes crisp, good passes. It’s a testomony to how properly this system is working. And that sustained possession means opponents get only a few photographs.
By way of these six video games, the Inexperienced Dragons have allowed simply 9 photographs on aim, or 1 1/2 per sport.
“One thing we centered on this yr is sucking that protection out and it opens up area behind. When you’ll be able to play these balls behind, we will simply hold the ball and possess and tire out the protection,” Liscum mentioned. “It’s exhausting to run with us for 40, 50 minutes after we let the ball do the work. Whenever you let the ball do the work, the protection has set to work actually, actually exhausting to get it again and after they get it again, they don’t essentially have the vitality to maneuver ahead.”
Any crew which needs to make a run within the District 4 playoffs must be examined by a pair good groups in the course of the season. Coaches know its one of the best ways to see how they stack up.
For a lot of groups, they acquired numerous these of exams early within the season. Williamsport’s schedule consisted of a string of video games in opposition to Danville, Lewisburg, Selinsgrove and Midd-West final week via this week.
Loyalsock had loads of powerful opponents as properly, having to face a superb Williamsport crew two weekends in the past after which a really robust Midd-West crew. However coach Adam Scheibeler wouldn’t need it every other approach.
“It’s nice to have these powerful exams early on to set the tone for the extent of play required to be aggressive in districts. Williamsport is a really powerful opponent and native rival, which makes the match actually thrilling. Midd-West has one of many richest histories in District 4 and is all the time a really powerful opponent. Our schedule doesn’t get simpler,” Scheibeler mentioned.
Oh yeah, there’s additionally two upcoming matches the Lancers have with Selinsgrove and a sport looming with perennial energy Lewisburg.
“If we wish to give ourselves any likelihood of being aggressive in districts, we’d like the expertise of enjoying in opposition to these powerhouse groups in the course of the common season,” Scheibeler mentioned. “With out these experiences, it’s tough to have the arrogance and temperament to handle the high-pressure enviornment of playoffs. And if we wish to have any ambitions of wining a district title, we must get previous groups of that caliber anyway. I don’t see any level of cruising into playoffs with out seeing the highest District 4 groups.”
Little question Loyalsock will see these groups once more down the street in districts if the Lancers qualify, and having performed them as soon as offers them a good suggestion of what to anticipate once more.
Boys soccer Prime 5
1. LEWISBURG (6-0)
Lewisburg confronted its hardest take a look at but in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Williamsport. Coming into that contest, Lewisburg was averaging seven objectives per sport, however Williamsport did an excellent job limiting Lewisburg, and the Inexperienced Dragons walked away with only one aim. Lewisburg hosts Midd-West on Monday in what may simply be a District 4 championship preview.
2. WARRIOR RUN (6-0)
The Defenders are displaying space followers they’ve a really strong offense. By way of six video games, Warrior Run has outscored its opponents, 28-2, and has allowed a aim in a sport solely twice. The Defenders, very similar to Lewisburg, have numerous scoring threats unfold all around the discipline and make it exhausting for defenses to restrict them. Danville and Milton are the one groups to attain on Warrior Run.
3. LOYALSOCK (5-2-1)
The Lancers have had a little bit of a bumpy run these days, going 1-2-1 after opening the season with 4 consecutive wins. However the Lancers misplaced a one-goal sport to perennial energy Midd-West, drew to a scoreless tie with Danville, and misplaced to a superb Milton crew, 2-1. Loyalsock rebounded Saturday with a 5-1 win in opposition to Shamokin to get again within the win column. The Lancers have numerous expertise up high and within the midfield, however their protection has performed properly this yr to this point too.
4. WELLSBORO (3-0)
The Inexperienced Hornets had a press release win final week defeating rival Athens, 2-1, for his or her third win of the yr. Dustin Benedict scored the game-winner for the Inexperienced Hornets. Wellsboro knew Athens could be a tricky sport and restricted the Wildcats to 6 photographs on aim as Ethan Ryan made 5 saves. Athens has received the NTL six years in a row and Wellsboro completed as runner-up for the final 5 years. So an early-season win over the Wildcats is big for the Inexperienced Hornets.
T5. WILLIAMSPORT (3-2)
Give Williamsport a ton of credit score for hanging with Lewisburg on Saturday. The Inexperienced Dragons averaged greater than seven objectives per sport coming into that sport and Williamsport’s protection held Lewisburg to only one aim and performed excellent. The upcoming schedule for Williamsport doesn’t get any simpler because the Millionaires have Midd-West on Thursday and Lewisburg once more subsequent week. Ben Liscum after Saturday’s sport referred to as Jimmy Pombor one of many district’s finest gamers, a pleasant praise from one standout to a different.
T5. MILTON (6-1)
The Black Panthers are having considered one of their finest seasons in latest reminiscence. Milton made a press release Saturday by defeating an excellent Loyalsock crew, 2-1. The Black Panthers restricted Loyalsock’s offense to simply 4 photographs on aim. Milton blanked Hughesville, 9-0, Tuesday as three gamers recorded two objectives.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Elliott Wannop, Williamsport
To say Wannop was a stud in aim Saturday could also be an understatement. The Millionaires confronted an undefeated Lewisburg crew and Wannop did all the pieces he may to maintain Lewisburg from scoring. The Inexperienced Dragons received, 1-0, however Wannop got here up with 17 saves and stored it shut.
Women soccer Prime 5
1. SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT (6-1)
The Mounties dropped their season opener to Benton, 9-3, and since have rattled off six consecutive wins and have given up a number of objectives in that span simply as soon as. South Williamsport did a unbelievable job Monday afternoon limiting Sullivan County’s potent offense and permitting only one aim.
2. WILLIAMSPORT (3-2-1)
Williamsport made a press release final week defeating an excellent, younger and previously-undefeated Montoursville crew, 1-0, earlier than stumbling in opposition to Selinsgrove, 3-0. The Seals are powerful, although, and are 6-2. Williamsport’s nonetheless figuring a number of issues out within the lineup, however count on the Millionaires to take that loss and enhance upon it.
3. MONTOURSVILLE (4-1)
The Warriors misplaced to a strong Williamsport crew, 1-0, final Wednesday to drop within the rankings, and that was the final sport Montoursville has performed previous to Wednesday’s contest in opposition to Lewisburg. However that loss to Williamsport ought to give the Warriors some issues to construct off with a number of powerful video games forward, together with two in opposition to Southern Columbia and a street journey to Selinsgrove.
4. SULLIVAN COUNTY (5-2)
The Griffins are enjoying properly to begin the season and had a four-game successful streak snapped Monday in opposition to South Williamsport, 4-1. The Griffins recorded back-to-back shutouts earlier than Monday’s loss. Bethany Beinlich and Chloe Burke are each extraordinarily harmful gamers and are inflicting defensive matchup issues for nearly each crew they face.
5. LEWISBURG (4-3)
The Inexperienced Dragons stumbled a bit to begin the yr and had been 1-3 at one level after three consecutive losses in opposition to Bloomsburg, Shikellamy and Selinsgrove. However since then Lewisburg strung collectively a run of wins over Mifflinburg (4-2), Jersey Shore (2-1) and Shamokin (3-0). Taryn Beers got here up massive in opposition to the Indians with a two-goal efficiency, and Chelsea Stanton assisted on each. These wins ought to present some confidence as Lewisburg faces Selinsgrove, Midd-West, Williamsport and Southern arising.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chloe Burke, Sullivan County
Burke is the kind of participant that may perform a little of all the pieces for the Griffins, and this previous week confirmed why. Burke has nice imaginative and prescient on the sphere and might play wonderful balls to her teammates, as she did in opposition to South Williamsport aiding on a Bethany Beinlich aim. Burke additionally had a aim and help in a 4-0 win over Muncy.
Jon Gerardi covers highschool soccer for the Solar-Gazette. He will be reached at 570-326-1551 (ext. 3127) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Observe him on Twitter @JonGerardi.
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