Lewisburg boys headed to state final for 4th time
OLEY — For the fourth time in program history and third since 2015, Lewisburg’s boys soccer program is Hershey-bound.
The Green Dragons secured a berth in the PIAA Class AA championship game with a 2-0 win against Oley Valley in the state semifinals Tuesday night at Oley Valley High School.
The Green Dragons will face District 7 champion Deer Lakes in the state final Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Deer Lakes defeated Fairview, 3-0, Tuesday night.
Lewisburg took a 2-0 lead into the half against the Lynx. The Green Dragons scored first when Jack Dieffenderfer was fed a long ball from Ben Liscum into the attacking third. Dieffenderfer rifled a shot just before Oley Valley goalie Evan Solley slid to try to kick it away. It wasn’t the greatest shot, but it rolled slowly to the left post with an open net. It came with 22 minutes, 59 seconds to play in the half.
Liscum then put in a beautiful shot as he dribbled into the 18-yard box and got around a handful of Lynx defenders who were on his back.
The Penn State commit made a move to his left before burying his shot perfectly in the right upper 90 for the second goal with 11:44 left in the first half.
Oley Valley’s Alex LaVerdure nearly scored with 5:46 remaining in the second half to avoid the shutout, but his shot went just high over the goal to the right post, missing by a foot.
Lewisburg out-shot Oley Valley, 10-2, held a 9-1 shots-on-goal advantage in the opening half and limited chances from Oley Valley. The Lynx had the ball in Lewisburg’s attacking third just a handful of times and came away with only one shot on goal, which Lewisburg goalie Tony Burns blocked.
Liscum nearly put away a goal with 18:16 to play when he fired a shot high from just outside the 6-yard box, only to see it hit off the crossbar and drop down.
The Green Dragons played flawlessly throughout Tuesday’s game at Oley Valley, much as they had done throughout the regular season and playoffs.
Read a full recap of the game at www.sungazette.com.
Lewisburg 2, Oley Valley 0
L–Jack Dieffenderfer (Ben Liscum), 22:59. L–Liscum, 11:44.
Shots: L 10, OV 2. Corners: L 12, OV 1. Saves: L 2 (Tony Burns), OV 8 (Evan Solley).
Records: Lewisburg (21-0), Olley Valley (18-2-1).