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Fort LeBoeuf Strikes Early, Holds On to Beat General McLane for D10 Class 2A Girls Soccer Championship; Mercyhurst Prep Blanks Harbor Creek for D10 Class 2A Boys Soccer Title

The 2022 District 10 Class 2A Girls Soccer Champion Fort LeBoeuf Bison

ERIE – It took just 3:29 for Fort LeBoeuf to score a goal in the District 10 Class 2A championship against General McLane. The Bison spent most of the remaining 76:31 making that goal hold up in a 1-0 win over the Lancers.

Fort Leboeuf keeper Gabby Green was busy during those final 76 minutes, and came up with some big saves when the Bison needed them most.

“They’re a great team, I expected nothing less,” Green said. “All of us together helped stop them.”

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Early on, it looked like the Bison might be the one’s getting all the chances. They were able to spring Elise Cacchione on a breakaway and Cacchione was able to go far side past Bella Dibble for the lone goal of the match.

The Bison sprung Cacchione again about a minute later, but this time Dibble was up to the task and the Lancers were able to flip the field.

Not only was Green up to the challenge, but the Bison defenders limited the Lancers’ ability to generate quality scoring chances, beyond the set plays.

“They were amazing,” Green said of the Bison defense. “They all supported each other. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Green just got a hand on one of the Lancers’ best chances of the second half. With about 13 minutes to play, General McLane had a throw from the 10-yard-line. The ball bounced past one set of players and right to GM’s Sydney Rotko. Rotko took the ball turned and fired toward the far post. Green made a diving stop to preserve the lead.

The Lancers had a pair of free kicks with under a minute to play. The first set up the second, but the second bounced off a Bison and back down the field as time ran out.

Both teams have advanced to the PIAA tournament and will play in first round games on Tuesday at sites and times to be determined. Fort LeBoeuf will take on WPIAL No. 3 team North Catholic, while General McLane faces the WPIAL champion (either Mt. Pleasant or Avonworth).

The 2022 District 10 Class 2A boys’ soccer champion Mercyhurst Prep Lakers. Photo by Brian Hagberg.

           

GAMBOA, GANGER LEAD LAKERS PAST HUSKIES
ERIE – Eric Gamboa and Shawn Ganger provided the scoring and Mercyhurst Prep’s relentless attack did the rest as the Lakers shutout Harbor Creek, 2-0, to win the District 10 Class 2A boys soccer championship.

Gamboa scored the Lakers’ first goal, off a header from Ganger, then drew a penalty late in the match to set up Ganger’s PK goal to seal it.

“We feel great, guys are screaming, there’s a lot of energy right now and it feels great for the boys,” Ganger said.

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Right from the start, it seemed the field was tilted in Mercyhurst Prep’s favor. The Lakers were able to get sustained pressure in the offensive zone and created multiple scoring chances. Gamboa cashed in one of those chances 13 minutes into the match.

The Lakers got a throw deep in Huskies’ territory. Ganger headed the ball right to Gamboa’s foot and Gamboa ripped in inside the near post for a 1-0 lead.

Despite having control for most of the half, the Lakers were unable to find the back of the net and took the 1-0 lead into halftime.

Gamboa nearly had his second of the game early in the second half. He shot one far post that trickled past a diving Ryan Humphreys in net, but Caiden Taft was able to clear it to keep it a 1-goal game.

Moments later, Kenny Zacks got behind the defense and ripped a shot that went high and off the football crossbar.

Midway through the half, Harbor Creek had a pair of quality chances.

NO. 5 sent a high shot from about 25 yards out that went through keeper Landon Spero’s hands and out of play to set up a corner kick. The Lakers headed that corner out of play to set up a second corner from the opposite side of the field.

This time, the ball wound up in a scrum in front of the net and Spero was able to pounce on it to maintain the Lakers’ lead.

“We got on the back foot in the middle of the second half and it really felt like they were going to switch the tide,” Ganger said. “But we kept fighting. We stopped them and we found that second one.”

With just over 90 seconds to play, the Lakers got the ball in transition and Gamboa sprung free down the left side. He was tripped as he tried to weave his way through traffic and the Lakers elected to have Ganger take the PK.

“It doesn’t really matter who takes it in the end,” Ganger said. “I stood up, I’ve been here. I’m a 4-year starter and the captain and we felt I should take it. But someone passed it to Eric, and Eric drew the foul. It’s a team effort. Every goal is a team goal.”

The Lakers will take on the No. 3 team out of the WPIAL (either South Park or Quaker Valley), while the Huskies will play WPIAL champion Deer Lakes in the first round of the PIAA tournament on Tuesday at sites and times to be determined.

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