Coughlin’s Lindsey Humanik, left, is kissed by teammate Marissa Lecara as Ivy Nulton moves in after Humanik scoring the game-tying goal near the end of regulation in Tuesday’s overtime win over Berwick.BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
WILKES-BARRE – Scoring opportunities haven’t come often against Berwick’s defense this season.
But when they did Tuesday afternoon, Coughlin took advantage to turn what looked like a probable defeat into an overtime victory.
Lindsey Humanik scored with five minutes left in regulation and Marissa Lecara scored about two minutes into overtime as Coughlin defeated Berwick 3-2 in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1-A girls soccer game.
Berwick (8-1-1) lost for the first time this season and allowed Coughlin (7-1-1) to keep pace for the divisional title. Dallas (7-0-2) moved into first place based on winning percentage.
“If we scored in the beginning like we should have, it would have been a different game,” Coughlin coach Joe Spagnuolo said. “We put ourselves in tough situations all the time.”
Berwick had surrendered only three goals all season going into the contest. So when Isabella Jaffin and Kelly Sheptock scored about a minute apart in the first half, the Dawgs’ 2-1 lead seemed like it would be difficult to overcome.
And it was for quite awhile as Sheptock led a defense that continually broke up Coughlin offensive attacks in their early stages. Coughlin’s only goal to that point came in the sixth minute when Nora Fazzi took advantage of a defensive miscue to score.
But in the 76th minute, Coughlin finally struck to tie the score 2-2 and send the game into overtime. Olivia Spagnola grounded a corner kick from the right side, and Humanik raced in to redirect the ball into the net.
Overtime didn’t last long thanks to another Spagnola corner kick, this one from the left side and lofted to the far side of the penalty area. Lecara clipped it with a header and while a Berwick defender got a foot on the shot, the ball still went in.
“We’ve been working on corner kicks a lot in practice recently,” Spagnola said. “Me and Marissa, that’s our thing. I always try to look for her. She’s strong in the air and nine times out of 10 she’s going to get it in the net.”
The game was Coughlin’s first on its home field as constant April rains made the grass surface unplayable. It may have also been the Crusaders’ toughest of the WVC season as both teams were extremely aggressive throughout.
“They’re a physical team and they’re really good in the air,” said Lecara. Both of Berwick’s goals came on headers. “They win a majority of the 50-50 balls. They are one of the toughest teams in our district right now. That’s why we wanted to beat them.”
The victory avenged a 4-1 loss to Berwick back on April 1, Coughlin’s first game of the season.
“We’re one of the best teams in the district, too,” Spagnola said. “We had to prove it.”
First half: 1. COU, Nora Fazzi, 6th min; 2. BER, Isabella Jaffin (Caty Davenport), 17th; 3. BER, Kelly Sheptock (Davenport), 19th; Second half: 4. COU, Lindsey Humanik (Olivia Spagnola), 76th; OT: 5. COU, Marissa Lecara (O.Spagnuolo), 82nd.
Shots: BER 7, COU 9; Saves: BER 6 (Sara Wilczynski), COU 7 (Amanda Sax); Corners: BER 3, COU 6.
Kaleigh Reynolds scored midway through overtime to give Wyoming Valley West the victory.
Morgan McGrane assisted the goal. Keeper Margaret D’Angelo made 10 saves to record the shutout.
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Overtime: 1. WVW: Kayleigh Reynolds (Morgan McGrane) 85th min.
Shots: WVW 21, HA 10; Saves: WVW 10 (Margaret D’Angelo), HA 20 (Megan Baranko); Corners: WVW 5, HAZ 0.
Dallas defeated Holy Redeemer as four different players scored for the Mountaineers.
Vanessa Parsons and Sabrina Zurek had goals in the first half while Sara Kneal and Kassondra Michno each scored in the second half.
Hallie Rexer scored three times for the Royals.
First half: 1. DAL Vanessa Parsons (Sabrina Zurek) 14th min; 2. DAL Zurek (Colleen McDonald) 25th; 3. HR Hallie Rexer (Kiera Stachowiak) 27th; Second half: 4. DAL Sara Kneal (McDonald) 60th; 5. DAL Kassondra Michno (McDonald) 78th; 6. HR Rexer (Allison Capaci) 87th; 7. HR Rexer (Shaina Dougherty) 88th.
Shots: HR 10, DAL 11; Saves: HR 7 (Sarabeth Kolodziej), DAL 7 (Amber Yang); Corners: HR 1, DAL 1.
After getting an own goal in the first half, North Pocono came back with five scores over the final 40 minutes.
Jessica Korshnak scored twice for the Trojans, while Sarah Wicker added a goal and an assist.
First half: 1. NP, own goal, 8th min; Second half: 2. NP, Jessica Korshnak (Alissa Kincel), 46th; 3. NP, Korshnak (Sarah Wicker), 49th; 4. NP, Kaylee Banfield, 63rd; 5. NP, Fjollza Shabani, 65th; 6. NP, Sarah Wicker, 67th.
Shots: GAR 4, NP 16; Saves: GAR 10 (Julianna Leco), NP 4 (Meghan Utter); Corners: GAR 2, NP 4.