It will be a rematch of last year’s boys soccer sectional championship game when Lakeland and West Noble square off this Saturday afternoon in the finals of the 2012 Westview sectional.
The Lakers drubbed The Howe School, 10-0 and the Chargers edged the host Warriors, 2-1 in semifinal matches Wednesday night in Emma. Lakeland (12-5-1) and West Noble (13-4-1) will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday to play for the sectional crown and a spot in the 1A regional semifinals next Wednesday at Garrett.
A year ago, the Lakers defeated the Chargers, 2-1 to win their first-ever sectional title. In their only meeting this season, West Noble topped Lakeland, 8-2.
Dustin Cunningham and Alfredo Nieves each tallied a hat-trick in powering the Lakers past Howe. All three of Cunningham’s goals came in the first half, which ended with Lakeland holding an 8-0 lead.
Nieves and Nick Byler each tallied twice in the opening 40 minutes. Nieves netted his third goal in the second half. Logan Lawrence also scored after the intermission.
Dylan Gust and Eric Carmona both garnered two assists to lead the Lakers in that department. Collecting single helpers were Byler, Marco Olivares, Hernan Duran, Sammy Garcia and Garrett Faust.
Olivares, who took over as keeper for starter Luis Gutierrez in the second half, registered two saves.
Uriel Macias’ goal midway through the second half broke a 1-1 deadlock with Westview and gave West Noble a 2-1 triumph in the second match Thursday. It was the third decision between the Chargers and Warriors to be decided by a goal. They split the other two.
Bucky Carpenter put Westview up 1-0 with just 3:37 gone in the opening half. Austin Borg assisted on the goal.
But less than a minute later, Jesus Villa booted home the tying marker for the Chargers. Setting up the score was Brian Macias.
West Noble out shot Westview, 9-2 and took 10 corner kicks to just one for the Warriors. Winning keeper Emanuel Ibanez made one save, while Westview netminder Tarrin Beachy stopped five shots.
The Warriors finish the season 9-7-1.
In the first round Monday night, West Noble blanked Prairie Heights, 4-0. Abel Zamarripa put in two of the Charger goals, while Uriel Macias and Villa accounted for the other two. Earning assists were Macias, Christian Marin and Jose Acevedo.
Kyle Burkholder made 12 saves for the Panthers, who end up 6-10-1 on the campaign.