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Through the Fog: Cathedral Prep Battles Through Fog, Meadville to Win 9th Straight D10 Boys Soccer Title; Seneca Boys, Hurst Girls Claim Crowns

The 2022 District 10 Class 3A Boys' Soccer Champion Cathedral Prep. Photo by Brian Hagberg.

WATERFORD, Pa. – Players, officials, and fans couldn’t see across the field for most of the game, but Cathedral Prep had no problem finding the back of the net in a 10-0 win over Meadville in the District 10 Class 3A boys soccer championship.

The title was the ninth straight, and 34th overall, for the Ramblers who will face the No. 3 team out of the WPIAL (either Plum or Montour) in the first round of the PIAA tournament on Nov. 8.

The fog began rolling in just before the opening whistle and slowed the Ramblers’ offense for approximately 10 minutes. Once Dylan Danch scored the first goal, the floodgates opened.

           

“Little bit of a slow start, but once we got going it took off,” Cathedral Prep’s Noah Handzel said.

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Cathedral Prep scored four more goals in the next seven minutes, including a Handzel hat trick and Danch’s second goal, to take a 5-0 lead with 23:13 to play in the first half.

Goals by Brandon Lin and Max Johnson made it 7-0, and Pau Berea Solves scored with 13.3 seconds left in the half to give the Ramblers an 8-0 halftime lead.

By the time the second half began, the fog was so thick the opposite side bleachers were no longer visible.

“Last year, same place, same D10 game, it was a little bit like this,” Handzel said. “(It was) pouring rain, a little bit of fog, but didn’t hold us back last year and didn’t stop us this year.”

A pair of second-half goals pushed the score to its final score of 10-0. The match was called with 3:24 to play after a warning to the Meadville bench about singling Ramblers’ players by name led to a verbal altercation between the two benches.

CLASS 1A CHAMPIONSHIP

(1) SENECA 5, (2) WILMINGTON 1

ERIE, Pa. – Behind a three-goal effort from Liam Pikiewicz, top-seed Seneca rolled past Wilmington 5-1 to capture the Class 1A boys’ soccer title.

           

The Bobcats got the scoring going early via a Jed Brown goal and led 2-0 less than midway through the first half on Pikiewicz’s first goal.

Seneca boys soccer, 2022 D10 Class 1A champions.

With the score 2-0, Wilmington’s Ryder Tervo scored shortly after to make it 2-1, but the momentum was short-lived, as Lee Hoover made it 3-1 i the late stages of the first half.

Pikiewicz scored two goals just under two minutes apart in the second half for the Bobcats to put the finishing touches on the Bobcats’ victory.

With the win, Seneca advanced to play the third-place finisher out of the WPIAL in the first round of the PIAA playoffs on Tuesday (Nov. 8).

CLASS 4A SUBREGIONAL

MCDOWELL 3, BRASHEAR 0

WATERFORD, Pa. – Robert Umpleby scored a pair of goals to help McDowell to a 3-0 win over Brashear in their PIAA Class 4A subregional game on Tuesday.

Umpleby scored once in each half, with Luis Corrales scoring in the second half to make it 2-0 (the Trojans led 1-0 at halftime).

The Trojans must face another subregional gauntlet on Saturday against the District 6 champion (either State College or Altoona, to be played on Wednesday), with the winner advancing to the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

GIRLS

DISTRICT 10 CLASS 1A CHAMPIONSHIP

(1) MERCYHURST PREP 3, (3) SENECA 0

ERIE, Pa. – Marisa Schnars, Milly Pierce, and Molly Taylor all scored as Mercyhurst Prep beat Seneca to win the District 10 Class 1A championship over Seneca, 3-0.

It was a big game for Schnars, who also had assists on both Pierce and Taylor’s goals.

Brigid Ochalek had the clean sheet in net.

With the win, Mercyhurst Prep advances to the first round of the PIAA playoffs, where they will play the No. 2 team from the WPIAL on Tuesday (Nov. 8).

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