At the beginning of the 2012 season, Port Allegany boys soccer coach Aaron Clark had two goals: Take sole possession of the Upper Allegany Valley Soccer League North Division title the Gators shared with St. Marys last year, and win a playoff match for the first time since 2008.
Clark’s squad achieved his first objective in fine fashion, leaving no doubt as they dominated their UAVSL schedule on the way to a perfect 10-0 league record. The Gators completed their run to the North title with their sixth and seventh shutouts of the season last week, hitting the road to down second-place Coudersport 5-0 on Tuesday, then drilling Kane 11-0 on Thursday to compile an astounding +50 goal differential in league competition.
Reigning league Most Valuable Player Scott Brookens netted four goals in each game, with Adam Koehler adding a marker in the Coudy match and Tyler Kittilson (hat trick), Dane Kio, Eli Knapp, Trent Miller and goalkeeper Ben Edgell also finding the net against the Wolves. Edgell picked up both wins, making six stops against the Falcons and combining with Miller and Garrett Talkington for a five-save clean sheet at Kane.
The Gators hit a rare bump in the road at Galeton on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 5-4 non-league decision to the Tigers despite goals by Brookens, Kittilson, Sam Kysor, and Aaron Majot, but rebounded with a 9-3 victory at DuBois Catholic on Tuesday to close out the regular season. Kysor (two goals, six assists), Brookens (five goals, three assists), Kittilson and Kio took care of the offense, with Edgell making eight saves in net.
Now, the Gators (15-3 overall) sit back and wait for the District 9 seeding meeting, almost assured of at least one home playoff match next week.