The Central Tech boys soccer team made program history by defeating Cathedral Prep 1-0 on Wednesday. The Falcons and Ramblers played nearly 77 minutes of scoreless soccer in windy conditions before Jason Aguirre scored with 3 minutes, 10 seconds left. Prep couldn’t counter and is in danger of not making the playoffs. Dawson Baloga was dominant in goal as Central Tech needs to just beat Meadville Monday to clinch a District 10 Class AAA playoff spot. Click here for a video of Central storming the field after the win. Central’s win gave McDowell a share of the Region 6 title as the Trojans took care of Meadville 6-1 on Wednesday. If Central wins Monday, the Falcons would clinch second place in the region at 4-2-0. McDowell can win the region outright with a win over Prep on Tuesday. If Prep beats McDowell, it would create a three-way tie for the region title between the Ramblers, Trojans and Falcons. If Prep and McDowell tie, Prep would finish in third place behind McDowell and Central Tech. It’ll be interesting to see what D-10 does if Prep finishes in third place. Central wasn’t extended a courtesy in the past few years to play a semifinal match, will D-10 reverse course and grant a semifinal to get a bigger gate?
•The Mercyhurst Prep boys soccer team capped a dominant region season Wednesday with a 3-0 win over rival Fairview. The Lakers went 10-0-0 in Region 3 and outscored their opponents 61-0. Mercyhurst Prep will likely get a District 10 Class A playoff game near home because of their region title. The Lakers are on track to play Commodore Perry, while Mercer will likely face North East. Fairview’s loss to Mercyhurst Prep guaranteed North East to finish second place in the region. Mercer faced North East in the D-10 Class A semifinals last year as the Mustangs pulled out a shootout win 4-3. Mercer went on to beat Mercyhurst Prep 2-0 in the D-10 title match.
•The Harbor Creek boys soccer team capped a perfect 18-0-0 season on Wednesday with a 11-0 blowout win over East. The Huskies are 34-1-1 in the past two regular seasons and have set the standard in Class AA soccer in D-10. Last fall, Harbor Creek beat Saegertown 3-0 in the D-10 semifinals and General McLane 3-0 in the championship. Harbor Creek is senior-laden and is the clear-cut favorite in D-10 AA this year. The Huskies are looking for even more as they were edged by Bedford 1-0 in the PIAA quarterfinals in 2012.
•Region 2 continues to be an absolute headache in boys soccer. Hickory beat Grove City 1-0 to really shake up the playoff race. With multiple ties, you have to start calculating winning percentages to figure out the top four spots. Wilmington is in first place at 7-2-0 (.778) followed by Hickory 6-2-2 (.700), Slippery Rock 4-1-3 (.688) and Grove City 6-3-1 (.650). Wilmington travels to Slippery Rock on Monday in its final region match, while Slippery Rock will head to Sharon today. Grove City is done with region play and may need some help to get in. The cluster in Region 2 may force D-10 into expansion of the Class AA bracket. An expansion to eight teams would solve a lot of problems. Looking at the Class AA field, Harbor Creek, Warren and right now Wilmington would be in. Let’s say Girard deserves to be in along with Hickory and Slippery Rock. That would be a solid field of six. Grove City has a case at 10-6-1 along with Saegertown (10-6-1) and General McLane (9-8-0). Keeping the field at six would be fine but expansion may be the only way to do it.