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Pittston Area falls in defensive battle for first

Lady Patriots lose 1-0 to Northwest in WVC D3 matchup

Wyoming Area’s Sam Shiner, left, and PA’s Mallory Yozwiak go for the ball during a charity field hockey game between the two rivals last Sunday at the Bucky Harris Athletic Complex.


Brittany Czerniakowski chases down the ball for Pittston Area ahead of Wyoming Area’s Serra Degnan.

photos by BILL TARUTIS

Wyoming Area’s Abby Thornton, left, and Pittston Area’s Alexa Danko fight for the ball last Sunday. The rivals met in an exhibtion game to raise funds for the "I Am Beautiful" charity.

In a defensive battle of first-place teams, Pittston Area was on the wrong end of a 1-0 decision to Northwest in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 showdown on Friday afternoon at the Bucky Harris Athletic Complex in Hughestown.

Both the Lady Patriots and Lady Rangers were undefeated and on top of the WVC Division 3 coming into the contest.

But Northwest’s Taylor Perlis scored the game’s only goal in the first half to keep the Lady Rangers on top of the division.

The game saw only seven shots on goal – three of those by Pittston Area (4-1). Ariel Ardo stopped two shots in goal for the Lady Patriots. Northwest’s Alivia Womelsdorf did one better, stopping three shots in the shutout win.

PA 4, Tunkhannock 2

Gabby Vaxmonsky gave Pittston Area an insurance goal in the final seven minutes of action as the Lady Patriots held off Tunkhannock, 4-2, in a WVC Division 3 Field Hockey match to remain unbeaten on Wednesday afternoon at the Bucky Harris Athletic Complex in Hughestown.

Vaxmonsky put PA on the board in the first half with a goal on a Madeline Dworak assist at the 19:24 mark to give the Lady Patriots a 1-0 lead.

Tunkhannock answered to open the second half but Dworak assisted again, this time on a Brielle Warren goal at the 22:05 mark of the half to put Pittston Area ahead, 2-1.

Dworak then extended the lead to 3-1 on a goal of her own which Vaxmonsky assisted on at the 14:33 mark. Vaxmonsky then answered a Lady Tigers goal on a Katrina Mikitish assist to put Pittston Area ahead, 4-2.

Ariel Ardo stopped eight shots in net for the Lady Patriots.

WA 1, Wallenpaupack 0

Wyoming Area outshot Wallenpaupack 41-1 on its way to a 1-0 victory over the Lady Buckhorns in a WVC Division 2 match on Thursday afternoon at Lake Wallenpaupack.

Despite to lopsided advantage on the shot chart, the Lady Warriors needed a goal from Serra Degnan to get the win.

Degnan scored on an assist from Sam Shiner with 3:13 left in the first half.

Nicole Cumbo and Emily Wolfgang combined for the shutout in goal for WA.

WA 5, Abington Heights 0

Wyoming Area picked up its first victory of the season with a 5-0 win over Abington Heights on Wednesday afternoon at the Atlas Sports Complex in West Pittston.

Jenna Skrinak recorded the hat trick for the Lady Warriors as WA played for the first time in almost two weeks.

Skrinak scored her first goal on an assist from Ally Adonizio to open the game. She then scored again unassisted after Olivia Adonizio scored unassisted to give the Lady Warriors a 3-0 lead at intermission.

Sam Shiner then got into the act with her first goal of the season on an assist from Serra Degnan.

Skrinak then completed the scoring with an unassisted goal late in the second half.

Emily Wolfgang and Nicole Cumbo combined to hold the Lady Comets scoreless, stopping three shots in net.

WA 2, Valley West 1

Wyoming Area scored a major upset last Saturday with its 2-1 win over previously once-beaten Wyoming Valley West in a WVC Crossover at the Atlas Sports Complex in West Pittston.

Jenna Skrinak broke a 1-1 tie with 12:09 to play on an unassisted goal to give the Lady Warriors the lead. Skrinak assisted on the first Wyoming Area goal, a Sam Shiner one-timer with 11:12 to play in the first half as WA took a 1-0 lead.

Emily Wolfgang got the victory in goal for the Lady Warriors, stopping nine shots.

The Lady Spartans were 9-1 coming into the match, trailing just WVC Division 1 leader Crestwood (9-0).

The victory started a three-game winning streak this week for Wyoming Area (4-3).

This week’s schedule


PA at Hanover

WA v. Nanticoke


WA v. Meyers




PA at Northwest

WA at Coughlin


WA at Lehman


PA v. Montrose

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