By: Tim Birney | | October 29, 2022 | Photo courtesy Matt Patton


MILTON — Selinsgrove proved why it’s the top seed in the District 4, Class 3A boys soccer playoffs with a convincing 7-0 win over Athens here Saturday evening.

“I thought our guys played hard,” said Athens coach Jake Lezak. “Selinsgrove is a better team. If they don’t end up as District champs, I’ll be blown away.

“We knew their top three guys were going to hard for us to handle, and hard to run with, and they were.

“We were hoping to contain them, and get a goal or two, and see what we can do,” added Lezak. “At the end of the day, that team should go very far.”

Colin Findlay put the Seals on the board with a penalty kick about 2 1/2 minutes into the game.

About six minutes later, Nick Ritter made it 2-0. He completed a first-half hat trick by scoring with 15:53 and 5:58 remaining before the intermission.

“We made a couple mistakes in the first half that resulted in goals, but the other two — that’s just how good they are,” said Lezak.

Findlay scored again about 5 1/2 minutes into the second half, and Logan Rodkey and Jake Keeney added goal in a 2 1/2-minute span to make it 7-0 with 19:08 remaining in the contest.

Athens wraps up the 2022 campaign at 9-8-2.

The Wildcats will graduate a number four seniors.

“I’m really proud of the seniors,” said Lezak. “They came back last year, and won the league title

“They worked really hard this year, and did everything we asked them to,” he noted. “We moved them around, and played them in different positions.

“We’re glad they’re part of our soccer family, and we’re going to hate to see them go,” added Lezak.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).