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Bellefonte boys soccer wins Mountain League title

TIM WEIGHT/For The Express Bellefonte players celebrate with each other after scoring a goal against Philipsburg-Osceola. The win clinches the Mountain League title for the Raiders.

BELLEFONTE – Dan Persiko scored a hat-trick in Tuesday night’s 6-1 victory over Philipsburg-Osceola to give Bellefonte’s its 11th win of the season, and the Mountain League title.

The Raiders rattled off three goals in the first seven minutes to begin the team’s final regular season match.

“This boosts our confidence,” Raiders coach Scott Martz said after the win. “The one goal we had was to win the Mountain League, the game tonight sealed it for us, next up we just want to win Districts.”

Senior Gabe Koller scored just one minute into action to put the Raiders ahead 1-0. Bellefonte scored two more times within the first seven minutes as Dan Persiko (5:44), and Hayden Walker (6:28), both found the back of the net to give the Raiders a commanding 3-0 lead.

The Mounties offensive attack had a difficult time operating through the Raiders defense. P-O’s first official shot of the match came around the 10-minute mark.

Walker scored his second goal of the night at 25:28, and Gregg Paladina scored for the Mounties at 39:21 for their first goal to close out the half.

Bellefonte led P-O 4-1 at the end of the first half.

Persiko added two more goals in the second half to complete the hat-trick and give Bellefonte a 6-1 final score over the Mounties. The senior scored at the 40:22, and 50:29 marks of the second half.

Bellefonte’s victory Tuesday completed the season-sweep of the Mounties, the Raiders took down P-O 3-1 earlier this fall.

Bellefonte 6, Philipsburg-Osceola 1

B- Gabe Koller,1:00. B- Dan Persiko, 5:44. B- Hayden Walker, 6:28. B-Walker, 28:28. P- Gregg Paladina, 39:21. B- Persiko, 40:22. B-Persiko 50:29.

Shots: B 14, P 3. Saves: B 2, P8. Corners B 6, P1

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