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WA freshmen defenders help blank North Pocono

Pittston Area beats GAR 5-0

Top, Sara Ruby scores her goal in the second half. Right, Sara Ruby has a mid-air collision with GAR’s Bri Majikes

Photos by Tony Callaio

Top, Sara Ruby scores her goal in the second half. Right, Sara Ruby has a mid-air collision with GAR’s Bri Majikes

Photos by Tony Callaio

In a crossover game against a North Pocono team that made the district playoffs last year, Wyoming Area played a complete game on offense as well as defense on Tuesday at the Tenth Street Elementary Field in Wyoming.

With a bit of a tinkered lineup, the moves worked for WA as the offense was able to apply pressure and create dangerous opportunities and the defense was able to stymie North Pocono’s attack en route to a 1-0 victory.

"We’re just trying to fit people into places," said coach Mike Pryor about the changes to his lineup.

Some of those changes included a new-look defense.

Freshman Sam Acacio, Amanda Gallagher and Danielle Stillarty along with Shannon Ritts spoiled the efforts of the visiting team all day, not allowing them to form any sort of good attack.

"The three freshman in the back, they did an excellent job," said Pryor.

While the defense was executing their job, the offense was doing the same.

In the 15th minute, a free kick was awarded to WA just outside the attacking right half of the penalty box. Katie Scalzo stepped up to the ball and was able to bend it over the wall to the near post where Habibah Njiaja was able to knock it into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

"(Katie) put the ball in the right spot, and luckily we work on free kick positioning," said Pryor. "We had a person on the near post and it went in the back of the net."

Wyoming Area didn’t slow down the attack after gaining the lead.

With just under 13 minutes left in the half, Jenna Skrinak ran onto a through-ball from Kourtney Schwerdtman and was one-on-one with the keeper. However, the keeper was able to dive at the ball and knock it away as Skrinak went to shoot.

In the second half, North Pocono stepped up the pressure but the defense stepped up its game to thwart all opportunities.

Then, Skrinak nearly iced the game with less than two minutes left as she got the ball and made three cut backs to lose all defenders. She attacked the goal with the dribble and let loose a lefty shot but the keeper was able to knock it away.

"We just wanted to stay organized defensively and work hard in and around the ball," said Pryor. "We wanted to create opportunities which we did and I thought we defended pretty well as a group."

WA held the advantage in shots 14-12 but both sides had five shots on goal.

Caitlin Vitale made five saves in the victory.

The Lady Warriors game scheduled for Thursday at Wyoming Seminary was postponed until May 9.

Meyers 1, PA 0

One week after exploding for 10 goals, the Lady Patriots offense was held in check as they fell 1-0 against the Division 2B top-seed Meyers Mohawks on Tuesday at the Gordon Ave. fields in South Wilkes-Barre. Meyers broke the scoreless tie in the 73rd minute and then were able to keep the potent PA offense from scoring the equalizer,in the final eight. Jordan Cumbo made 15 saves in the net for the Lady Patriots (3-4-1) were outshot 16-11.

Pittston Area 5, GAR 0

Coming back from a tough loss on Tuesday, the Lady Patriots earned an emphatic 5-0 win over GAR on Thursday at the Bucky Harris Sports Complex in Hughestown. Sara Ruby had a goal and an assist and Liz Mikitish had two goals to lead PA.

Danielle Fereck kicked things off less than seven minutes into the game as she took things into her own hands to score unassisted and give PA the early lead, one which they would not relinquish. In the second half, the ever dangerous Ruby boosted the lead to 2-0 at the 57:19 mark but less than three minutes later, Marina Sell scored her first off a feed from Tianna Stull to kick the lead to 3-0.

Less than four minutes after Sell’s goal, the dangerous duo of Mikitish and Ruby combined to give PA a 4-0 as Ruby fed Mikitish. Mikitish would strike again off a Stull assist three minutes later for the final goal of the match.

The defense was able to hold GAR to just six shots, three of them on goal, while the offense peppered the goal with 23 shots. Jordan Cumbo only needed to make three saves in goal for the Lady Patriots.

Tunkhannock 2, WA 1 (OT)

In a make-up game from earlier this season, and one day after a big victory, the Lady Warriors (3-3) were defeated 2-1 in overtime against the Tunkhannock Tigers on Wednesday at Roslund Elementary in Tunkhannock. After a scoreless first half, Tunkhannock was the first one on the scoreboard as they scored less than nine minutes into the second half. However, the Lady Warriors were able to fight back and notch the game equalizer when Danielle Stillarty fed Kourtney Schwerdtman, who was able to finish the play with a goal in the 69th minute. The two Division 2B foes would battle the rest of the way in a 1-1 tie as the game was sent to overtime. However, the Tigers scored the game-winner just seconds into overtime and the Lady Warriors fell 2-1. Caitlin Vitale had a fine day in the net, recording 27 saves as WA was outshot 29-7.

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