Thomas sparkplug for Mountain View

Colby Thomas controls the ball during the state championship game against Sewickley Academy. PHOTO COURTESY NORTHEAST EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Colby Thomas controls the ball during the state championship game against Sewickley Academy. PHOTO COURTESY NORTHEAST EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY

BY SHANE HENNIGAN
Times Shamrock Writer

When Colby Thomas stepped onto the soccer field, opponents knew they needed to try to contain him just to have a fighting chance. That’s how dominant Mountain View — not just Thomas — has been in recent years. But make no mistake about it, Thomas has been the catalyst behind this machine.

Last season, he scored 43 goals and added 10 assists to lead the Eagles to an 18-0 record and the PIAA Class A championship.

This season, Thomas led Mountain View to its fourth consecutive District 2 Class A championship and another state title game appearance.

Despite losing in Hershey this year, Thomas’ season — and career — ranks among the greatest in Lackawanna League history. For that, he has been selected The Times-Tribune Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

“It’s unreal to play with Colby,” senior teammate Zeb Cross said. “I have so much respect for him as a player, and I have so much respect for him as a person. He’s just a great leader. He’s always one of the last ones to leave practice. “He’s always leading by example.” Led by Thomas’ 33 goals and nine assists, Mountain View cruised to an 11-0 regular season record. The district playoffs were no different, as he scored 13 goals — including seven in a semifinal win against Wyoming Seminary — and five assists in three games.

“He’s just got a knack for scoring goals,” Cross said. “He’ll do whatever it takes to put the ball in the back of the net, whether he does it or someone else does. That’s what he does best.”

His numbers were big, but not important. He only cares about winning.
And when he saw an opportunity to better his teammates, he took full advantage of it.

“First off, he always just wants to win the game,” Cross said. “He doesn’t care who scores. He loves to see everybody else on the team get better.
“Any chance that he gets to encourage his teammates, he takes it.”

In the district final against Holy Cross, Thomas, who was also last year’s Player of the Year, sustained a heel injury. But he played through it and led the Eagles back to the state final, where they lost for the first time in 35 games.

But through that tough moment, Thomas kept a positive attitude, knowing he was a part of history.

“Having him as a friend and as a teammate is just special,” Cross said. “Words can’t describe what he meant to our team.”

COLBY THOMAS

COLBY THOMAS

Players named to the 2013 Times-Tribune All Region boys’ soccer team include:
Colby Thomas
Mountain View, senior
Forward
Numbers: 49 goals, 14 assists
Noteworthy: Third All-Region and second Player of the Year selection; 2013 Division III first-team all-star; Scored three or more goals in 10 matches; Had 16 goals and 5 assists in seven district and state playoff games; Scored 123 goals and added 32 assists over the past three seasons.

 

NICK JARROW

NICK JARROW

Nick Jarrow
Mountain View, senior
Defender
Numbers:
6 goals, 4 assists
Noteworthy: First All-Region selection; 2013 Division III first team all-star; Versatile player who could also move to midfielder; Led defense that allowed four goals in 11regular season matches; Scored two goals in the PIAA playoffs.

 

 

ZEB CROSS

ZEB CROSS

Zeb Cross
Mountain View, senior
Midfield
Numbers: 25 goals, 20 assists
Noteworthy: Second All-Region selection; Two-time Division III first-team all-star; Had 7 goals and 8 assists in seven playoff games; Scored 2 goals and added an assist in a victory over Biglerville in the PIAA quarterfinals.

 

 

 

BOBBY PFAHL

BOBBY PFAHL

Bobby Pfahl
Mountain View, senior
Goalkeeper
Numbers: 92 saves, 11 shutouts, 10 goals allowed.
Noteworthy: All-Region selection; 2013 Division III first-team all-star; 58 of his saves came in seven playoff games; Had 13 saves and stopped two of four penalty kicks in win over New Hope- Solebury in the PIAA semifinals.