Nate Pieper had a goal and an assist Friday to lead Walton to a 2-0 boys soccer victory over Delhi that clinched the Midstate Athletic Conference’s Division I title for the Warriors.
“This is our first ever outright MAC divisional championship,” said Walton coach Andy Gates, whose team edged Delhi (8-5 MAC) and Unatego for the Division I crown.
The Warriors (11-4, 9-4) advanced to the MAC championship game against Division II winner Greene (13-0 MAC) at 4:30 p.m. next Friday. Walton will host the title game.
Pieper opened the scoring with 27 minutes left, beating Delhi goalie Leon Cohen (four saves) with a penalty kick. Walton started the play with a corner kick that squirted away from Cohen, who then held Pieper to prevent him from scoring.
Pieper also set up the insurance goal with a corner kick 11 minutes later. His serve to the box found Jared Beach, who one-touched it to Cameron Murphy for a 2-0 lead.
Gates credited Walton defenders Steven Klein, Wyatt Fin, Will Farrell and Erik Zimmerman in helping goalie Dylan Walley to a six-save shutout.
“Mitchell Reed has been scoring a lot of goals for Delhi and they limited him to one shot,” Gates said. “They had a game plan going in and they did a nice job. Anytime he touched the ball, we doubled him right away and limited his touches.”
Delhi will compete in the MAC consolation crossovers, which pit the 2-5 teams in each division against each other Wednesday. The D-I teams will host the crossovers.
Edmeston 4, G-MU 0
Linton Wainright had two goals to lead host Edmeston to a Tri-Valley League victory that clinched the West Division for the Panthers.
“We had to win tonight to clinch it,” said Edmeston coach Ken Plows, whose program beat Morris for the West title and will make its first appearance in the T-V championship game since 2010.