Wellsboro edges Millville 1-0 for first ever D4 boys' soccer title.

By: Brett R. Crossley | Towanda Daily Review | November 3, 2017

 

WILLIAMSPORT — It was the third time for Wellsboro to play in the District 4 Class A Championship and this time was the charm for the Green Hornets.

Wellsboro survived a late rush, capitalized off an own goal and played solid defense throughout the night as the Hornets knocked off two-time defending champion Millville to claim the championship with a 1-0 win.

"Millville is a great team and we knew they were tough up the middle," Wellsboro coach John Shaffer said. "We had to get the ball wide. We knew we had to do it and we were able to get the own goal off of it. We had opportunities, but we knew we had to keep it wide."

The Green Hornets pushed the ball down the wings and did a good job of reading the box and sending the ball in for players to hit. The own goal was a direct result of that pressure. A quick run and cross into the box put the Millville defense in a tough spot to attempt a clear or possibly let a crossing chance find feet in the box.

The resulting goal sent the Green Hornets faithful into a frenzy as white towels and cheers could be seen and heard from the bleachers.

"All season long we've been breaking down on champions after practice, after games, after everything," Nic Ingerick said. "We've really wanted this challenge and we've been able to achieve it."

The Green Hornets showed they wanted it over the closing 40 minutes of the game. Once in front by a goal, the defense clamped down to limit Millville to just one scoring chance.

"Both teams played very well," Millville coach Anthony Preston said. "They are very well coached. They moved the ball well and play really quickly. The resilience of our team showed today, but unfortunately things didn't fall our way."

Caleb Temple had a good scoring chance in the opening moments of the game when he sent a header off a corner into the goal area. The attempt missed high, but put the Wellsboro defense on its heels.

The Quakers finished with five corners with four coming over the opening 40 minutes of the game. They issued four shots with two going on goal in the opening half.

"The boys know it's a clean slate from here on out," Preston said. "We are going to use this as a stepping stone to have a decent run at states and make it a compelling end to the season for us."

Both teams will advance to states, but Wellsboro will have the added benefit of opening at a District 4 site. Millville will be forced to hit the road.

As for Thursday's game, Wellsboro, which has made a reputation on scoring throughout the season, used its defense to hold Millville and earn its first District Championship in boys' soccer.

"Ever since I was a freshman, defense has been a big part of this for me, because that's what I do," Ingerick said. "Me and my teammates back here just work hard every day to try and make ourselves better. We're just really happy right now."