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Brague leads Warriors to victories

WA senior records two hat tricks in wins over MMI, GAR

Old Forge’s Ian Nemetz (4) heads the ball in front of a Blue Ridge player.

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Pittston Area’s Matt Tavaglione, left, passes the ball ahead of Coughlin’s Dave Mariggi.


Above, Pittston Area goalkeeper Zack Mikitish makes a save against Coughlin on Monday afternoon.


Old Forge’s Alexa Furcon (3) takes a shot against Blue Ridge on Tuesday at the Billy Long Complex. Furcon scored the Blue Devils first goal in its 2-1 win over the Red Raiders.

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Pittston Area forward Ian Tracy passes the ball against Coughlin at the Bog in Wilkes-Barre on Monday afternoon.


Sean O’Malley and Nate Brague each turned in a hat trick as Wyoming Area escaped Freeland with a 6-5 win over MMI Prep in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 match on Thursday afternoon.

O’Malley started the scoring with his first goal to open the game and give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. Brague scored shortly after before MMI cut into the lead with a goal of its own.

But Brague and O’Malley sandwiched goals around another Preppers goal toward the end of the first half to give WA a 4-2 lead at intermission.

The duo then scored back-to-back to open the second half and put the Warriors in front 6-2 before MMI rallied with three goals for the 6-5 final.

Aaron Carter made eight saves in goal for Wyoming Area.

Brague added two assists for the Warriors, and Zach Sypniewski and Nick Gushka also each added an assist.

WA 5, GAR 1

Wyoming Area exploded for four second-half goals on its way to a 5-1 win over GAR on Monday afternoon in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 match in Wilkes-Barre.

Nate Brague turned in a hat trick for the Warriors scoring twice on assists from Sean O’Malley, and once unassisted.

Brague scored in the first half to give Wyoming Area (1-1) a 1-0 lead on a pass from O’Malley. He then put the Warriors ahead 2-0 on an unassisted goal to open the second half.

GAR cut its deficit to 2-1 on a goal from Luke Height, but Brague and O’Malley hooked up again to give WA a two-goal cushion at 3-1.

Brian Wisowaty increased the WA lead to 4-1 with an unassisted goal, and Zack Sypniewski tacked on another score on an assist from Chris Bone.

Austin Carter made 23 saves for the Warriors, who out shot the Grenadiers, 24-15.

WA 0, Berwick 11

Wyoming was shut out by Berwick, 11-0, in its trip to Bulldog country on Tuesday afternoon in WVC Division 3 play.

Josh Donvito had 11 saves in goal for the Warriors.

PA 5, Hazleton 1

Jordan Consagra turned in a hat trick to lead Pittston Area to a 5-1 win over Hazleton Area on Thursday afternoon in a Wyoming Valley Conference crossover.

Consagra scored 12 minutes in on an assist from Eric Fino before scoring eight minutes later to give the Patriots a 2-0 lead.

The sophomore then scored on an assist from Matt Tavaglione in the 30th minute of the first half before Tavaglione scored with 30 seconds left before halftime to give Pittston Area a 4-0 lead at intermission.

Pietro Colella added the Patriots final goal in the 50th minute of action.

Taylor Roberts had four saves in net for PA as the Patriots out shot the Cougars, 26-5.

PA 1, Coughlin 8

Pittston Area allowed seven straight goals before getting on the board in an 8-1 loss to Coughlin in a WVC Crossover match on Monday afternoon in Plains.

Quinn Tracy broke the shut out with an unassisted goal in the 66th minute for the Patriots.

OF 2, Blue Ridge 1

A depleted Old Forge squad broke a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Blue Ridge on Tuesday afternoon at the Billy Long Sports Complex in Old Forge.

Alexa Furcon put the Blue Devils on the board just 4:15 into the match, scoring on a cross from J Argonish to give Old Forge a 1-0 lead. With the goal, Furcon became just the second female player in Old Forge history to score a goal. Dana Bilski scored a goal for the Blue Devils in 2009.

Old Forge added a second goal with just under 12 minutes left when Argonish scored on a pass from Emily Celli at the 68:38 mark for a 2-0 lead.

Blue Ridge answered about a minute later to get within 2-1, but the Blue Devils defense, led by Adam Barsigian, Bobby Cipollina, and Tyler Cavalari held the Red Raiders in check for most of the game.

Robert Donovan earned his first save in goal for Old Forge (2-4), stopping 10 shots.

OF 2, Lakeland 12

Old Forge suffered the worst loss in its short history in a 12-2 defeat at the hands of undefeated Lakeland in a Lackawanna Soccer League Division 3 match on Monday evening at Lakeland Stadium in Chapman Lake.

Playing without 11 of its 24 players - due to injury and illness - the Blue Devils surrendered eight first-half goals to the Chiefs in falling behind, 8-2.

Lakeland took a 4-0 lead in the first 16:09 before Bobby Cipollina put Old Forge on the board with a goal on an assist from Emily Celli at the 20:13 mark.

J Argonish followed with a goal on a pass from Ian Nemetz just under three minutes later and the Blue Devils were within, 4-2.

But the Chiefs were just too much, out-shooting Old Forge, 35-14, on the night as they added eight more goals of the final 57 minutes of action.

Sophomore Robert Donovan started in net for the Blue Devils, recording nine saves in his varsity debut. Argonish relieved him in the second half, stopping six shots in his first action in net for Old Forge.

OF 1, Mid Valley 2

Old Forge lost to Mid Valley for the first time in school history, 2-1, on Saturday morning at Spartan Stadium in Throop. The Blue Devils were previously 6-0 against the Spartans.

Mid Valley went ahead 1-0 at the 18:10 mark of the first half before J Argonish tied the score on a pass from Matt Mancuso with less than 10 minutes before halftime.

But the Spartans were able to find the net once more in the second half when Marcoe Cerra scored with just 15 minutes left in regulation.

Corey Washington stopped 15 shots in net for the Blue Devils.


WVC Division 2


Pittston Area…4-1

Holy Redeemer…4-2



Wyoming Sem…2-3

WVC Division 3

Hanover Area…4-2

Wyoming Area…2-2


MMI Prep…2-4



LSL Division 3


Forest City…6-0


Mid Valley…3-3

Old Forge…2-4



Blue Ridge…0-4-1


1. Nate Brague, WA…18

2. J Argonish, OF…17

3. Jordan Consagra, PA…10

4. Sean O’Malley, WA…9

5. Matt Mancuso, OF…7

6. Pietro Colella, PA…4


1t. J Argonish, OF…8

1t. Nate Brague, WA…8

3. Jordan Consagra, PA…5

4. Sean O’Malley, WA…3

5t. Bob Cipollina, OF…2

5t. Pietro Colella, PA…2

7. Eight tied with…1


1. Matt Mancuso, OF…5

2. Sean O’Malley, WA…3

3t. Nate Brague, WA…2

3t. Emily Celli, OF…2

3t. Eric Fino, PA…2

6. Seven tied with…1


1t. Aaron Carter, WA…47

1t. Corey Washington, OF…47

3. Robert Donovan, OF…19

4. J Argonish, OF…13

5t. Zach Mikitish, PA…11

5t. Taylor Roberts, PA…11

5t. Josh Donvito, WA…11

This week’s schedule


PA at Coughlin



PA v. Lake-Lehman

WA at Hanover

OF v. Dunmore


PA v. Valley West


WA at Nanticoke

OF at Riverside


PA at Crestwood

WA at Redeemer

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