Above left, Pittston Area’s Daniele Fereck (3) passes the ball on a rain-soaked day at the Bucky Harris Athletic Complex in Hughestown on Monday. Above right, Wyoming Area’s Katie Scalzo (10) is about to boot a corner kick on a sun-kissed day at the Tenth Street Elementary Soccer Field in Wyoming on Thursday.PA photo by BILL TARUTIS/WA photo by Charlotte bartizek
Above, Wyoming Area team members, from left to right, Katie Scalzo, Gabrielle Bohan and Courtney Schwerdtman congratulate each other after the Lady Warriors first goal against MMI Prep. Below left, Sara Ruby (13) pushes the ball ahead in the Lady Patriots win over MMI. Below right, Jenny Meck (19) fights for position against MMI last Monday. Both PA and WA beat the Lady Preppers in WVC action this week.WA Photos by charlotte bartizek PA photos by bill tarutis
The Wyoming Area girls’ soccer team took the field Thursday with hopes of a big win to get the team rolling as they battle to get to the top spot in the division. The Lady Warriors took advantage of the opportunity given as Katie Scalzo recorded a hat trick in a 6-0 win over MMI Prep at the Tenth Street Elementary Soccer Field in Wyoming.
"A win is a win in our division," said coach Mike Pryor. "We’re at a point in our season where we can go forward or stay the same, and finishing off six goals is finishing six goals and we are pleased with it."
Kourtny Schwerdtman opened the scoring 12 minutes into the game when she was able to beat the defense to the through-ball played by Jenn Bone. Schwerdtman then used her speed to sprint away from the defenders and finish the ball into the back of the net past the diving keeper.
The Lady Warriors never looked back.
Less than five minutes after Schwerdtman’s goal, Scalzo put her name in the book as she notched her first of three goals. She gained possession of the ball and used her speed to run away from the defense. One-on-one with the keeper, the WA senior blasted a shot into the left corner of the net to give Wyoming Area (2-2-1) a 2-0 lead.
Then, at the 16:32 mark Scalzo recorded her second goal on a play that was a near spitting image of her first. She took a loose ball, sprinted away from the attempts of the defenders and hit a shot into the left side of the net.
With less than a minute left in the first half, the ball was bouncing around in front of the MMI goal and numerous Lady Warriors made an attempt to put the ball into the goal. However, the ball then found its way to the foot of Samantha Acacio who poked it through the scrum and into the goal, giving WA a 4-0 lead at the half.
After a dominant first half in which Wyoming Area out-shot MMI, 19-2, the second half started like the first ended.
Scalzo finished off her hat trick less than three minutes into the half when she scored on a play similar to her first two goals. She found herself with the ball and was able to run past and then away from the defense. This time, however, Scalzo showed her versatility by rifling a shot with her left foot that beat the keeper.
Wyoming Area pushed the lead to 6-0 less than 10 minutes into the second half on a beautiful showing by Acacio. She displayed her great skill set by dribbling around most of the MMI players before coming one-on-one with the keeper. Acacio decided to share the glory by laying the ball off to Bone, who stood in front of the goal with no one near her, and she tapped the ball into the wide-open goal.
Around the 25 minute mark, Pryor subbed out his entire starting lineup.
While the subs were unable to find the back of the net they played aggressive, and were able to control most of the possession, develop scoring chances and keep the opposition from getting on the board.
Of course a shutout usually requires one or two good saves from the keeper.
So with approximately eight minutes left, the ball was rolling around inside WA’s six-yard box. With a lot of commotion in front of her, Caitlin Vitale was able to see an MMI player poke the ball through the defenders. Vitale dove left to make the save and preserve the shutout.
"I think today we improved upon certain things we wanted to improve upon," said Pryor. "Every time we come out we try to be a better team than last time and I think we did a good job of that."
WA held the advantage in shots 29-7, while 15 of those 29 shots were on goal.
Vitale made six saves in the shutout victory.
Pittston Area and Sara Ruby continued their hot streak as the Lady Patriots pulled out a 3-2 win over Hanover on Wednesday afternoon at the Bucky Harris Athletic Complex in Hughestown. Ruby scored a hat-trick, and Pittston Area won its third match in four tries in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2-A Soccer race.
Ruby got the Lady Patriots off to a fast start, scoring off of a Tianna Stull assists just 4:09 into the game. She then scored six minutes later on a feed from Jenny Meck to give PA a 2-0 lead just 10:02 into the match.
Hanover answered with two goals before halftime to knot the score at 2-2, but Ruby and the Lady Patriots would not be denied.
Danielle Fereck set Ruby up with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation, and the freshman blasted the ball into the net for the game-winning goal.
Jordan Cumbo stopped eight shots in goal for Pittston Area (3-2-1) as the Lady Patriots outshot Hanover, 20-10.
Liz Mikitish scored three goals an assisted on another as Pittston Area flooded the net with 10 goals in a 10-1 victory over MMI Prep in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 Crossover on Tuesday afternoon at the rain-soaked Bucky Harris Athletic Complex in Hughestown.
Freshman Sara Ruby got things off to a fast start for the Lady Patriots, scoring just 17 seconds into the match on an assist from Kaylene Sutkowski to give PA a 1-0 lead.
Sutkowski then scored the first of her two unassisted goals on the afternoon just over two minutes later before Mikitish scored her first at the 2:47 mark to begin the onslaught.
Freshman Jenny Meck followed with her first varsity goal at the 18:40 mark of the first half to put the Lady Patriots ahead, 4-0, and Mikitish and Gabby Vaxmonsky each scored within a minute to give Pittston Area (2-2-1) a 6-0 halftime advantage.
Vaxmonsky added her second goal on an assist from Ruby to open the second half, and Sutkowski scored five minutes later for the 8-0 lead.
Daniele Fereck added a goal on an assist from Mikitish at the 61:15 mark of the second half, and Mikitish scored for the hat trick at the 74:28 mark.
The Lady Patriots outshot the Lady Preppers, 34-5, on the afternoon. Jordan Cumbo and Nicolette Bradshaw each stopped two shots in goal for Pittston Area.
S unday Dispatch Staff Writer Rick Notari also contributed to this report.
1t. Ruby, PA…7
2t. Scalzo, WA…6
3t. Mikitish, PA…4
3t. Sutkowski, PA…4
5t. Bone, WA…3
6t. Acacio, WA…2
6t. Schwerdtman, WA…2
6t. Vaxmonsky, PA…2
1t. Sutkowski, PA…3
2t. Mikitish, PA…2
2t. Fereck, PA…2
2t. Scalzo, WA…2
2t. Schwerdtman, WA…2
6t. Six tied at…1
1. Cumbo, PA…54
2. Vitale, WA…30
3. Yurek, WA…20
PA v. MMI Prep
WA at Honesdale
PA v. Hanover
WA v. MMI Prep