Lewistown knocked off defending champion Somerset in a District 6 boys soccer playoff game on Thursday night.

“We obviously didn’t play our best game tonight, but Lewistown had a lot to do with that,” Somerset coach Eric Johnston said after his team’s 3-1 loss. “They were quick and won an awful lot of balls in the middle of the field. Actually, they won a lot of balls all over the field. And, they made the most of their opportunities.”

The Eagles (13-5-2) got off to a quick start, as Jed Spangler scored in the 2nd minute off a quick counter attack. Evan Walsh’s shot from the left side went wide of the far post, but Spangler was all alone on that side of the field. Spangler’s initial shot hit the post, but he had enough time and space to poke the rebound into the net.

“It was a good start, which makes the result all the more disappointing,” Johnston said.

Thomas Walters put a rebound past Somerset keeper Kody Dwire just five minutes later. Tony Jun, who gave the Eagles fits all night, took the initial shot, but it deflected to Walters, who buried it.

Walters’ header gave Lewistown a 2-1 lead in the 23rd minute off a Pat McKee assist.

“I’m proud of my kids,” said Lewistown coach Greggory Kanagy, who noted that his players had to endure a 21⁄2-hour bus ride to take on the squad that knocked his team from the playoffs last year.

The Panthers (11-8-2) made it 3-1 with a little more than a minute remaining in the half. Dwire was unable to handle Zac Scheider’s shot and Andy Baker was there to tap the loose ball into the open net.

Dwire, who served as a backup to James Buterbaugh for most of the season, made nine saves on the night.

“He did have a rough night, and we, unfortunately, didn’t help him out a lot,” Johnston said. “I wish we had. I wish we had guys on guys’ hips as they were shooting right in front of him. I wish (Somerset) followed shots as (Lewistown) followed two shots into the net.”

Scoring chances were few and far between in the second half. Lewistown moved Jun to the backline and became more defensive-minded, allowing just four shots as Somerset’s season came to an end.

“I’m really proud of these guys and what they’ve accomplished through the season,” Johnston said. “As a coaching staff, we’re thrilled with how far they’ve come and how far they’ve grown, both as soccer players and as men.”

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