Millionaire boys repeat for first time in 22 years
Williamsport boys coach Lee Kaar laughed and admitted that he sighed relief when he saw Tom Pombor score the Millionaires’ third goal to put Williamsport ahead by two against Delaware Valley on Thursday night at the Balls Mills Soccer Complex.
Kaar knew the team couldn’t just sit back and hope the Warriors tired themselves out up just a goal.
“We needed to finish them,” Kaar said. “All year Coach (Dave) Confair’s been preaching when we get a lead, finish things.”
That’s precisely what Williamsport did.
Pombor recorded a hat trick, including scoring two first-half goals to help Williamsport defeat Delaware Valley, 4-1, in the District 2-4 Class AAAA subregional championship to give the Millionaires a repeat district title.
“It’s very sweet. Completely different team as well. I know we only lost five seniors, but the way we kind of shuffled things around and rearranged things, I think we have a completely different look this year than last year,” Kaar said.
It’s the first time Williamsport has won repeat titles since the mid-1990s.
Pombor got things going for the Millionaires 13 minutes into the game when he took a pass from Tiarnan Ferry and managed to get around a Delaware Valley defender for a 1-v-1 look with Delaware Valley keeper Michael Odendahl. Pombor then buried a shot to the far right post for the early 1-0 lead.
“He definitely stepped up tonight,” Kaar said of Pombor. “It was a big game and he showed up.”
“It made me feel better about coming into second half,” Pombor said. “Kind of gave me more energy to play harder and score.”
Delaware Valley did tie the game up seven minutes later though. After a shot hit off a Williamsport defender who was blocking the goal on a corner kick, it stayed in play and got right to Hunter Stickler, who tapped it in toward the left post to tie it at 1-1.
Williamsport possessed well, holding a 9-5 shots on goal advantage and tried to eliminate deep balls from the Warriors and limit Delaware Valley’s corner kicks. After the Warriors scored their lone goal off a corner kick, the Millionaires didn’t yield any in the second half.
“One of the things we wanted to take away from them in beginning was deep balls and corners. That’s how they scored their first goal, I thought it was an unnecessary corner we gave them and it came back to hurt us,” Kaar said. “We possessed the ball I thought pretty nicely the entire game. Sam Hillman sits back in that five spot and there’s another kid that doesn’t get stats, but he is huge to us.”
Pombor scored his second goal with 16:31 to play until halftime when he made a few moves at the corner of the 18 before rifling a terrific shot to the far post for a one-goal lead. With 26:47 to play, Ferry again assisted on a Pombor goal as Pombor recorded his hat trick to give Williamsport a 3-1 lead.
In the second half, Delaware Valley had two great opportunities to put in a goal, but came up shy on both attempts. With 11:45 to play, Delaware Valley’s David Grady had a free kick outside of the 18 and sent it in to David Bell who was only a few yards from the goal, but Bell’s shot to the right post ended up sailing wide.
Roughly five minutes later, it was Grady who tried sending a shot from outside the 18 to the left post, but Williamsport goalie J.R. Confair caught it to prevent a goal.
Ferry scored with 18:21 to play to help put the game even more out of reach with a nice shot from outside the 6-yard box and a three-goal lead.
“We were trying to score one more goal and then just possessed rest of game so they didn’t have any chance to score,” Pombor said.
Pombor and Ferry proved to be a solid combination for Williamsport, as the two routinely were getting chances and looks against Delaware Valley to score.
Ferry had two great chances in the final six minutes, but couldn’t convert either look.
W-Tom Pombor (Tiarnan Ferry), 27:28. DV-Hunter Sickler (Stephen Naecman), 20:02. W-Pombor, 16:31. W-Pombor (Ferry), 26:47. W-Ferry (Liam Ferry), 18:21.
Shots: DV 5, W 9. Corners: DV 3, W 6. Saves: DV (Michael Odendahl) 4, W (J.R. Confair) 4.
Records: Delaware Valley (10-9), Williamsport (15-4).