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The latest on NE boys' and girls' soccer championships

Four area schol­ast­ic cham­pi­on­ship soc­cer games are on tap later this week.

Hur­ricane Sandy’s wrath has af­fected the North­east Phil­adelphia sports scene, as well, push­ing back four cham­pi­on­ship soc­cer games, all of which have at least one North­east team par­ti­cip­at­ing. Here is the up­dated in­form­a­tion:

Boys Pub­lic League Cham­pi­on­ship Game: North­east High School vs. Frank­lin Towne Charter: 3 p.m. Wed­nes­day at North­east High School (1601 Cottman Ave.). North­east seeks its first Pub­lic League soc­cer title since 2007 in re­tir­ing coach Sam Feld­man’s fi­nal sea­son, while Towne seeks its first soc­cer cham­pi­on­ship un­der North Cath­ol­ic gradu­ate Den­nis Drumm. Towne won the team’s reg­u­lar sea­son meet­ing, 3-0, back on Sept. 21.

Girls Pub­lic League Cham­pi­on­ship Game: Cent­ral High School vs. Frank­lin Towne Charter: 5 p.m., Wed­nes­day at North­east High School (1601 Cottman Ave.). Ac­cord­ing to girls soc­cer coach Bri­anna O’Don­nell, it will be the first time in the school’s brief his­tory that both teams will be play­ing for a soc­cer cham­pi­on­ship in the same sea­son. The Towne girls won their first title a sea­son ago, end­ing Cent­ral’s long run of dom­in­ance in Pub­lic League girls soc­cer. Led by the high-scor­ing at­tack of Stefanie Ulmer and Rachel Gil­borges, Towne upen­ded is look­ing for its third straight win, and second straight cham­pi­on­ship de­cision over the Lan­cers. O’Don­nell’s Coyotes thrashed Cent­ral, 7-1, on Sept. 14.

Girls Cath­ol­ic League Cham­pi­on­ship Game: Lans­dale Cath­ol­ic vs. Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School, 5:30 p.m., Wed­nes­day at Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School. The Rag­dolls hope to cap an un­defeated sea­son by knock­ing off up­set-minded Lans­dale Cath­ol­ic, who stunned es­tab­lished girls’ soc­cer power Arch­bish­op Wood in the semi­finals. Head coach Ry­an Haney’s bunch have notched 13 shutouts in a re­mark­able sea­son (the Rag­dolls have outscored op­pon­ents 82-6 in 2012), and though they did not lose this sea­son, they re­ceived one of their toughest tests from Lans­dale Cato­loci on Sept. 26, es­cap­ing with a 2-1 vic­tory. Ry­an ad­vanced to the cham­pi­on­ship game by knock­ing off rival St. Hubert in the Cath­ol­ic League semi­finals, 4-1, on Oct. 24.

Boys Cath­ol­ic League Cham­pi­on­ship Game: La Salle Col­lege High School vs. Fath­er Judge High School, 6 p.m., Thursday at Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School. The Cru­saders look to cap an un­pre­dict­able, story­book sea­son with a cham­pi­on­ship as they get ready to take on top-seeded power­house La Salle. Fresh off a 1-0 semi­finals win over St. Joseph’s Prep, Judge ad­vanced to the title game des­pite los­ing its two best play­ers, seni­or cap­tains Justin Hiltwine and Steve Smeck, to pre­season knee in­jur­ies. They also came back from a late 1-0 de­fi­cit in last week’s quarterfi­nals over Wood, scor­ing the ty­ing goal late in reg­u­la­tion and the win­ner in double over­time, all while play­ing down a man (top goal scorer Mo­hamed Conde re­ceived a red card vs. Wood, dis­qual­i­fy­ing him for the rest of the con­test, as well as the next one against the Prep). Conde will be back against La Salle, which de­feated Ry­an in pen­alty kicks in the semi­finals and beat Judge in the team’s only meet­ing this sea­son, a 2-1 over­time vic­tory for the Ex­plorers back on Sept. 21.

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