Meyers’ Kati Dunn tries to get the ball from Wyoming Seminary’s Kelsey Kolojejchick in Tuesday’s field hockey game.Times Leader Staff Photo/Aimee Dilger
WILKES-BARRE – Wyoming Seminary senior Abby Sordoni came off the field and asked: “Why am I out?”
She went to talk to assistant coach Kim Barbacci and asked if she could go back in. Five minutes remained in Tuesday’s Wyoming Valley Conference field hockey game against Meyers on Tuesday, and Sordoni wanted to be on the field.
She wasn’t substituted for doing something wrong; instead, it was the opposite. She recorded a hat trick in Wyoming Seminary’s 4-1 win over host Meyers at Kistler Elementary School.
“The score was a sort of higher score, so it was to let other players in,” Sordoni said. “It wasn’t worth it to risk getting hurt.”
Sordoni scored the first, third and fourth goals for the undefeated Blue Knights (13-0, 12-0 WVC), but it was Kelsey Kolojejchick who had the deciding goal.
Devon Gagliardi set her up with a pass almost directly in front of the cage, and Kolojejchick broke a 1-1 tie with 25:35 left to play in the second half.
Sordoni inflated the lead to 3-1 three minutes later after a long hit was passed to her from Kat Sharkey. She put the game out of reach at 4-1 when Maddy Hackett’s corner sent the ball to Najia Hasan who sent it to Sordoni.
A similar play scored the first goal for Wyoming Seminary, except it was Kate Snyder, not Hackett, who took the corner.
“I couldn’t do well without the team,” Sordoni said. “I can’t score a goal without the whole team doing well. Najia, she sent me perfect passes. Me scoring those goals is a reflection of how well the team is doing.”
Meyers’ Katy Watters scored with 9:06 left in the first half off a Jenera Quinones corner. That was Meyers’ lone shot of the game, so Wyoming Seminary goalie Erin McGinley didn’t record any saves in the win. Her counterpart, Erin Conrad, made 11 saves as Meyers (5-4-1) was outshot 19-1.
The score remained 1-1 going into the second half.
“We had out opportunities to score (in the first half), but we didn’t get the ball in the cage,” said Wyoming Seminary coach Karen Klassner. “We were standing behind the defense. … We knew if we could get some corner plays, we could score. The kids played really well. The Meyers kids played really well.”
The game was huge for Wyoming Seminary’s defense, which is used to the offense overpowering other teams.
“I’d rather play in a game like this,” said defender Allie Gordon. “I think it’s more fun to play, and it’s more fun to watch.”