Monday, March 2, 2015

A Boys' State Championship: Christopher Dock vs. Seton La Salle In-Game Blog

HERSHEY -- Welcome everyone for what promises to be an exciting (and long) day of soccer here at Hersheypark Stadium. Four area teams will compete for PIAA state championships today. First up is Christopher Dock, which takes on Seton La Salle for the Class A title.

A Boys' State Championship: Christopher Dock vs. Seton La Salle In-Game Blog

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HERSHEY -- Welcome everyone for what promises to be an exciting (and long) day of soccer here at Hersheypark Stadium. Four area teams will compete for PIAA state championships today. First up is Christopher Dock, which takes on Seton La Salle for the Class A title.

We will update this post as the game goes and take you through all the action today. Refresh this post for updates.

FINAL -- It's all over. Christopher Dock has its fourth state title of the decade, a 2-1 victory. We'll be back around 2 p.m. with the AA boys' game featuring Octorara.

76' -- Corner for Seton La Salle goes right into the hands of Brelsford. 

74' -- Tyler Trainor hits one high over the Dock net. Pioneers barely hanging on now.

72' -- Tyler Balzer hits it wide after a mad scrum in front of the Dock net. Brelsford was in no man's land but he was bailed out.

71' -- Goal! Seton La Salle is not done yet. Jeffrey Cancelmi scores off a beautiful pass from James DelGreco. It's tight again. 2-1 Dock.

65' -- Goal! Reichart heads in the corner kick from Johnny Rajabi and it looks like it's all over here. A well-played ball by Reichart, who once again has taken over for the Pioneers.

61' -- A free kick from 35 yards out doesn't make it to the cage. Good defense by Dock.

55' -- Dock controlling the play. No quality chances for Seton La Salle.

49' -- Goal! Reichart buries it after an incredible flick of a pass by Ryan Seiz. What a set up. And Dock has the 1-0 lead. It's Reichart's 37th of the season and 14th of the playoffs.

HALF -- A late chance for Dock goes wide and we're scoreless at the half. Dock had the better of play in the first 30 minutes, but Seton La Salle had some decent chances. Still, Dock has to be a little disappointed to come away with a zero.

Seton La Salle goalie Cory Smigielski played a fine half with four saves. They were all decent chances.

32' -- Caleb McMain takes the kick and it's a bad effort. Well wide.

32' -- A Seton La Salle defender is called for a hold right outside the box. John Kotek is carded for the Rebels for disputing the call. Big free kick for Dock.

25' -- Dock keeper David Brelsford gets a piece of the ball and it strikes the crossbar. Corner for Seton La Salle.

23' -- The Rebels have a goal waved off on an offsides call. 

19' -- Another good stop by Smigielski on a header.

13' -- A free kick from 30 yards out for Seton La Salle goes wide of the net. Brandon Reichart's first good chance is stopped.

8' -- A shot by Steve Nase goes just wide. Dock is dominating.

5' -- Two very good saves for Cory Smigielski on quality Dock chances. Dock is controlling the game early.

PREGAME -- Players are being introduced right now. It's overcast but mild here. Very sparse crowd for this 10 a.m. start. 

Seton La Salle, from Pittsburgh, is the third seed out of the WPIAL. The Rebels defeated Northern Potter, Mercyhurst Prep and Greensburg Central Catholic to make it here. SLS was 12-6 in the regular season.

Dock, meanwhile, has barely been tested in the postseason, winning their three state games by a combined 10-1 score.

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