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STAFF PHOTO/ JOHN LUND Tunkhannock senior Matt Goodwin makes a diving save on a penalty kick against Valley West.

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The Tunkhannock Area boys soccer team picked up a thrilling 2-1 victory over Wyoming Valley West in its season and home opener in Wyoming Valley Conference play on Friday afternoon.

The Tigers would also cruise to a 10-1 win over Towanda the following day in a nonleague game, but dropped to 1-1 in Division 1 after losing 5-0 at Crestwood on Monday.

Against Valley West, senior Paul DeMarco put Tunkhannock on the board in the 20th minute off an assist from Vittorio Sica before the Spartans tied things up nine minutes later.

The score would hold to the half, and both teams battled to take the lead as the game wound down.

Valley West’s best chance came on a penalty kick, but Tunkhannock senior Matt Goodwin read the shot perfectly and dove to his right to make one of his game-high 14 saves and secure the tie.

The Tigers had a handful of chances in the box and were unable to score until a corner kick provided an opportunity in the 77th minute.

Junior Eddie Melan took the kick and executed a perfect tail on the ball to find the back corner of the net to give Tunkhannock the lead, which would prove to be enough.

Valley West outshot the Tigers, 22-14, with Tunkhannock winning the corners advantage, 5-3.

Against Towanda, sophomore Ethan Munley scored off a DeMarco assist six minutes into the game before Melan found the net on a penalty kick for an early 2-0 advantage.

He then fed senior Eddie Pietrowski for a goal in the 17th minute before senior Steven Cross scored two minutes later off a pass from DeMarco to make it 4-0.

After Towanda scored, Demarco added his second goal off an assist from sophomore Jaxson Montross, sophomore Mike Prebola scored off an assist from Sawyer Aitken and sophomore Bobby Miroslaw found the net off a Munley assist to make it 7-1 by the half.

Munley would also assist Aitken on a goal before scoring unassisted, and freshman Zach Harris would end the scoring in the 66th minute off an assist from Sica.

Tunkhannock outshot Towanda, 27-6, and held the corners advantage, 9-2.

Senior Hunter Whytashek and freshman Ryan Harder combined for four saves in the win.