Above, Pittston Area’s Jordan Consagra, right, shoots on goal as Wyoming Area’s Sean O’Malley defends in a WVC soccer game in Hughestown on Saturday afternoon. Below left, Wyoming Area’s Gared Zaboski, left, controls the ball as Pittston Area’s Pietro Colella defends. Below right, PA’s Ian Tracy, center, splits WA defenders Brian Mapes, left, and Michael Kohut.Photos by BILL TARUTIS
Above, Wyoming Area’s Brian Buckman, right, prepares to make a pass as Pittston Area’s Eric Fino defends. At right, Wyoming Area’s Nick Gushka, right, takes the ball of the face courtesy of Pittston Area’s Julian Kester.photos by BILL TARUTIS
Pittston Area got off to a quick start and never looked back in 10-3 victory over cross-river rival Wyoming Area in WVC soccer action on Saturday at the Bucky Harris Athletic Complex in Hughestown.
The Patriots dominated all facets of the game as they controlled most of the possession and fired off 40 shots, 25 of which were on goal. Pietro Colella netted three goals and an assist and Jordan Consagra added two goals and four assists to lead the way for PA.
“It’s a nice tight brand of soccer,” said Patriot coach Pat O’Boyle about the fast start. “We get results from it.”
Ian Tracy got the Patriots started when he took a pass from Chris Musto and buried the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead just 1:45 into the game.
Four minutes later, the Colella-Consagra show started when Colella took a pass from Consagra, fought his way through a defender and tucked the ball into the right side of the net past the diving keeper.
Seventeen seconds later, Consagra found Colella again who beat the keeper low for a 3-0 lead.
Fifty seconds after Consagra dished out the assist, he took the ball himself, dribbled to the left-side of the penalty box and ripped a hard low shot which deflected off the defender into the goal.
Tom Allardyce added his name to the score sheet when he elevated over the top of the defenders and put his head onto a Consagra corner giving the Patriots a 5-0 lead 14:44 into the game.
PA pushed the lead to 6-0 at the 17:26 mark when Matt Tavaglione saved the ball from going over the endline and chipped a cross to Tracy who put the ball into the net for his second goal of the day.
For his great individual effort on the assist to Tracy, Tavaglione was rewarded when Consagra found him open in the box. Tavaglione blasted the ball past the diving keeper for the goal and a 7-0 lead.
Colella completed his hat trick on a great finish when the ball bounced to his feet and he buried it past the diving keeper at the 30:55 mark. Less than three minutes later, Colella assisted Consagra on his second goal of the game, giving the Patriots a 9-0 lead at the half.
After back-and-forth play in the middle third of the field for the opening nine minutes of the half, Pittston Area was whistled for a foul in the penalty box giving Wyoming Area a penalty kick. Sean O’Malley stepped up and blasted the ball high and in the middle of the goal to get WA on the board.
With a little life in their play, the Warriors found the back of the net again three minutes later when the ball came off of a PA defender and to the dangerous striker Nate Brague, who rifled the ball past the diving keeper and into the net.
PA’s Allardyce tried to slow the WA momentum when he, once again, elevated over the defenders on a Musto corner kick and knocked the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the game. The goal pushed the PA lead to 10-2 with 17 minutes left in the game.
Wyoming Area answered right back when they were awarded a penalty kick after PA tripped a WA player in the box. Brague stepped up to take the PK and ripped the ball high into the back of the net for his second goal of the game.
However, it was a little too late as the Patriots early offense explosion was enough and the defense was able to control the WA offense for the rest of the game earning the 10-3 victory.
“We’ve got probably six guys that I have no problem putting up (front),” said O’Boyle. “It’s a nice problem to have.”
Pittston Area fell behind early in a 6-3 loss to Crestwood on Friday afternoon in Mountaintop.
The Comets moved out to a 5-0 first-half lead before holding off a Patriots’ second-half rally.
Shawn Jones, Pietro Colella and Jordan Consagra all scored for Pittston Area ion the final 29 minutes of the game.
Zach Mikitish had 12 saves in net for PA.
Pittston Area scored three unanswered goals in the second half to post a 4-1 win over Hanover Area in a WVC crossover match on Monday afternoon in Hanover Twp.
Leading 1-0 at intermission on an Ian Tracy goal at the 29:23 mark, Pittston Area saw its lead evaporate quickly as Hanover scored just 2:07 into the second half on an Austin Bogart goal.
But the Patriots quickly regained control when Matt Tavaglione scored on an assist from Julian Koester to take a 2-1 lead at the 55:17 mark of the second half.
Pittston Area then added to its lead on unassisted goals within four minutes of each other from Jordan Consagra and Quinn Tracy between the 63rd and 67th minutes of action.
Taylor Roberts stopped nine shots in goal for the Patriots, and Pietro Colella added an assist.
Wyoming Area fell behind four goals before getting on the board in a 4-2 loss to Holy Redeemer on Friday afternoon.
Down 1-0 at the half, the Warriors allowed three unanswered goals before they were able to find the net.
Sean O’Malley and Zack Sypniewski both scored unassisted goals in the final seven minutes for Wyoming Area.
Aaron Carter made 15 saves in goal for the Warriors.
Wyoming Area lost for the second time to Hanover Area, 4-2, in a rain-shortened WVC Division 3 match on Tuesday afternoon in Hanover Twp. The Hawkeyes also beat the Warriors top open the WVC season in the first week of September.
Trailing 1-0 with 27:20 left in the first half, Sean O’Malley knotted things up with an unassisted goal to get the Warriors back in the game. But Hanover responded with two more goals to take a 3-1 lead at halftime.
The Hawkeyes took a 4- 1 lead to open the second half, but Chris Bone cut the deficit in half with a goal at the 38:33 mark.
The game was called three minutes later when torrential rains made the field unplayable.
Aaron Carter stopped 10 shots in goal for the Warriors.
Dispatch Staff Writer Rick Notari also contributed to this report.
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