Sammy Lamoreux of Hazleton Area, left, and Alyssa Sabalesky of Meyers collide while running after the ball in the first half of Wednesday’s game in Wilkes-Barre.
Kayla Verdekal of Meyers overruns a soccer ball that lands in a puddle during Wednesday’s game against Hazleton Area. The Mohawks won, 2-1.Times Leader Staff Photos/Pete G. Wilcox
WILKES-BARRE – On a completely miserable day for soccer, Meyers found the goal at the end of a rainbow.
Jillian Carlo arced in a corner kick a little over two minutes into overtime as the Mohawks splashed past Hazleton Area 2-1 in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division C girls soccer game Wednesday.
Carlo’s goal, her second of the game on a restart, allowed second-place Meyers (5-1-1) to close the gap on first-place Hazleton Area (4-1). The senior midfielder booted the corner from the left side and the ball ricocheted off a Hazleton Area player and into the net.
A driving rain turned the Gordon Avenue field into a muddy swamp and sections had standing water a few inches deep. The conditions worked both ways. At times, the ball would die on the field and at others it would skid wildly.
“There were a lot of puddles so that slowed us down,” Carlo said. “But it was awesome to play in. Sliding was fun.”
No player was immune from slipping, but Hazleton Area’s Christy Doyle took it to an extreme. After sliding on her back through the widest puddle, she lay there for a few seconds and then dunked her hair in the mucky water.
Hazleton Area scored first about 18 minutes into the game thanks in part to the thick mud in front of the goal. Meyers fullback Alyssa Sabalesky stopped an initial Hazleton Area shot by jumping in front of it. But instead of the ball bouncing away, it plopped down in front of Sammy Lamoreux, who had no problem scoring.
The Cougars dominated a good portion of the first half as Lamoreux and Chiara Mattriccino made some nice runs through the offensive end. Both presented a challenge for Meyers keeper Amber Giampietro.
“It was pretty tough because my gloves were getting logged with water,” said Giampietro as she held her bloated handwear. “But we ended up pulling it through.”
Meyers tied the score with four minutes left until halftime when Carlo lined in a 35-yard direct kick. Until then, the Mohawks failed to generate any consistency on offense.
“This year, we’ve been a slow-start, first-half team,” Meyers coach Chris Goetter said. “Knowing it was a messy, sloppy day and with our warm-up I knew it was going to be a slow start. That was my concern because I knew Hazleton was going to come out fired up.”
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