Bishop Hoban’s Antonio Scotto fights off Mountain View defender Chad Lasher.Times Leader Staff photo/Don Carey
Dan Horn of Bishop Hoban beats Mountain View defender Joshua Pfahl to the ball during the District 2 Class A final at Scranton Memorial Stadium.Times Leader staff photo/Don Carey
SCRANTON — Dominance in District 2 is what Mountain View was aiming for, and that’s exactly what it walked away with.
With a 3-1 win over Bishop Hoban at Scranton’s Memorial Stadium the Eagles took their third straight D2 Class A boys soccer title, and their sixth since 2000. Mountain View defeated Bishop Hoban in the semifinal round each of the previous two years, handing Hoban its first losses of undefeated seasons each time.
The Eagles advanced to the PIAA playoffs and will face the District 11 champion – either Moravian or Catasauqua – Tuesday at Memorial Stadium in Scranton.
“I really believe that the brand of soccer here is the best brand of soccer around,” said Darin Bain, head coach of Mountain View. “That has prepared us well for the upcoming tournament.”
The Argents put the first goal on the board, scoring just two minutes into the contest on a corner taken by Chris Flukernagel. Flukernagel’s cross dropped into the box and pinballed off several defenders before finding the foot of Nick Stackewiak, who poked it into the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead.
Mountain View wouldn’t allow Hoban to hold the lead long, though.
Just three minutes later, the Eagles capitalized on a handball inside the box by Bishop Hoban defender Brandon Paciotti. Joe Scanlon took the ensuing penalty kick and drove it into the lower right corner of the net to tie the game.
“We were surprised,” said Bain. “We weren’t expecting to give up an early goal like that. It shakes you a little bit.”
With 15 minutes remaining in the first half, Mountain View’s Adam Christina fired a 20-yard shot from the left side of the box. The ball ricocheted off the crossbar and found the feet of Nicholas Stroud, who drove another rocket towards the goal. The second shot missed the goal by inches and hit the upright.
Mountain View caught its first lead five minutes into the second half on a corner from Stroud. The ball found the foot of Scanlon on the 8-yard line, and he volleyed it into the upper right-hand corner of the net.
“Obviously Scanlon’s a great player,” said Bishop Hoban head coach Glenn Gray, “he’s so great in the air. He’s really a factor. We put our tallest player on him and he still found a way to get the ball every time.”
Bishop Hoban put on the pressure with 30 minutes left to try and tie the game once more. Gray changed his formation from one forward to two, and later moved a third forward into the offense.
“We felt like we could surprise them, we were pushing up and trying to tie the game,” said Gray. “My heart goes out to my team. We played hard for 78 minutes.”
Mountain View sealed the game with a goal from Christina in the final minute. Christina slotted the ball into the net off a deflection from a Hoban defender.