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November 2, 2013

Lady Hounds capture D-10 soccer title; Mercer boys fall

- — The Mercer and Wilmington girls battled for the District 10 Class A championship on Friday while the Mercer boys faced Mercyhurst Prep for the Class A boys title.

Wilmington captured its 3rd District 10 crown in 4 seasons with a 2-0 win over Mercer. In the boys title tilt, the Mercyhurst Prep Lakers defeated Mercer, 4-1.

The games were originally scheduled for Thursday, but both Mercer teams contracted food poisoning following their semifinal wins on Tuesday and the games were moved to Friday.

District 10 Class A Championships

GIRLS SOCCER

ä Wilmington 2, Mercer 0 —
At Franklin High, the Lady Hounds (12-7-1) captured their 3rd district title in the past 4 seasons with a win over the Lady M’s (12-8).

Kyler Lum scored both goals for the Lady Hounds and Ally Hahn notched the shutout in goal.

“This is really exciting,” Lady Greyhounds coach Ben Bailey said. “We have a young team; we have a lot of freshmen and sophomores.

“(Last night) was a great environment to play in. The girls really deserved this championship.”

The win was the 200th of Bailey’s coaching career, who is in his 17th season at the helm.

“It was kind of exciting how it fell on the championship game,” Bailey said of the milestone. “That definitely makes it even more exciting.”

Friday’s game was scoreless at the half before Lum tallied a pair of 2nd-half goals to secure the championship. Lum is a Youngstown State University recruit.

“Kyler always plays great,” Bailey said. “She had more freedom to roam and the girls supported her when she had the ball.

“She had other opportunities, too.”

Leann Wynder recorded a pair of assists for Wilmington.

Wilmington won the D-10 title in 2010 when Class A girls soccer was instituted by District 10 and repeated in 2011. Fairview won the crown last year.

The Lady Hounds ousted Seneca, 2-1, in the semifinals while Mercer handed defending D-10 champion Fairview a 3-2 loss.

Wilmington advances to the PIAA playoffs and will battle Sewickley Academy on Tuesday at a site and time TBD. Sewickley (12-7-3) edged New Brighton 1-0 in the WPIAL Class A consolation game.

BOYS SOCCER

ä Mercyhurst Prep 4, Mercer 1 —
At Franklin High School, the Region 3 champion Lakers (18-2) handed Region 1 champ and defending D-10 champion Mercer (17-1-1) its 1st loss of the season.

Nate Kroll scored the lone goal for Mercer off an assist by Zach Kroll.

“It was a good effort and a lifetime of fun watching these seniors play soccer,” said Mercer coach Ryan Hoffman. “I’d like to acknowledge my five seniors in Chase Hoffman, Trevor and Trenton Fowler, Ryan Micsky and Nathan Carlson.

“That group of kids won four region titles, a District 10 title and runner-up this year. I’m very proud of them and what they’ve done for our program.”

The Lakers advanced to the title tilt by beat Commodore Perry, 5-0, in the semifinals while the Mustangs edged North East, 2-1.

Last season, Mercer beat Mercyhurst Prep, 2-0, for the D-10 title, and reached the title game with a thrilling shootout win over North East in the semis.

Mercer’s win over Mercyhurst Prep last year ended the Lakers’ bid to win 4 straight D-10 crowns.

Mercer has won 2 District 10 crowns while Mercyhurst Prep has captured 9 district titles.

The Lakers advance to the PIAA playoffs and will play either Seton La Salle or Serra Catholic on Tuesday at a site and time TBD.

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