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Sordoni tough as ‘The Finisher’

Villanova-bound senior overcomes injuries to lead Blue Knights to state title.

Times Leader Field Hockey Player of the Year Abby Sordoni follows through on a penalty stroke against Crestwood this season.

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Abby Sordoni scored the lone goal in Wyoming Seminary’s win in the PIAA Class 2A title game.

And, while that goal stands out, when she goes through her mental Rolodex of goals scored, that’s not the one that comes to mind first.

“My sophomore year, I got back from my injury and we played Lehman,” Sordoni said, referencing the first time she tore her ACL. “I remember it was overtime, double overtime, I think it went into. Lehman had scored two goals, and in the last half we had to come up with two goals.

“Lauren Suchoski passed me the ball, and I scored in overtime. It was really exciting. I was only back for a couple of games, so it was a very exciting moment.”

Sordoni, the Times Leader Field Hockey Player of the Year, has had a career full of being at the right place at the right time.

It seems as if whenever Seminary (24-0) needed a big goal, Sordoni was there to put the ball in the cage.

“They get the ball to me, I just finish it,” said the Villanova-bound senior forward. “I’m the finisher.”

That would be a good name for Sordoni if her alter-ego was a superhero.

Sometimes it seems as if she is built like one.

She tore her ACL twice – during her freshman soccer season, then at the National Futures Tournament’s gold medal game the summer before her junior year. Those injuries sidelined Sordoni for nearly two seasons in total.

Yet, there was never a question that she would play hockey again.

“She’s a kid that she kind of figured that she had to deal with it,” said Wyoming Seminary coach Karen Klassner. “She’s overcome a lot to be where she is. Most kids, I don’t know if they would do what she went though.”

Sordoni twice endured surgery, rehabilitation and a return to the field.

Undaunted, she opened this season with a hat trick and closed it by scoring in the title game.

“One of the things we started saying as the season went on was, ‘If Abby played really well, the team played well,’” Klassner said. “At games where she was not at her top level, neither was the team. The way she played was the indicator.”

Sordoni finished the season with 21 goals and nine assists. She started the season by recording hat tricks in the team’s first two games. She had at least one point in all but five of the team’s 16 Wyoming Valley Conference regular games.

Sordoni was held scoreless from the last game of the regular season until the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals, where she had an assist in the 3-1 win over Brandywine Heights. She finished the season with a goal in the semifinal and the championship.

But how will the Blue Knights be next year without Sordoni? Just fine, she said.

“Leaving your team, it’s hard,” Sordoni said. “I think that they will miss us. They’re going to be good. Every school loses seniors. It just evens out.”

But not every team loses a player of Sordoni’s caliber.

“She’s kind of our feel good person on the team,” Klassner said. “In times when things are real serious, she loosens them up a little bit. Her sense of humor always seems to come out in some critical situations. She knows when to make you laugh. I think, that’s what we’re going to miss.”

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