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Pittston Area offense explodes on pitch

Patriots score 40 goals in last four matches

Above left, Old Forge’s Bobby Cipollina heads the ball in front of teammate Alexa Furcon. Top right, Ian Nemetz (4) plays the ball off of a Mid Valley defender, and J Argonish (22) moves the ball upfield for the Blue Devils.

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Wyoming Area’s Chris Bone (13) and Brian Buckman (11) pass the ball inside the Lake-Lehman box.

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WA goalkeeper Josh Donvito controls the ball.

A Lake-Lehman player goes tumbling in front of the goal as Wyoming Area goalie Josh Donvito and Warriors defender Daniel Haley make a play on the ball.

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Ryan Voyack controls the ball for Old Forge.

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The Pittston Area offense is scoring in bunches.

Two days after putting up 10 goals on cross-river rival Wyoming Area, the Patriots scored 18 goals against Nanticoke in a 18-1 victory over the Trojans on the road.

Jordan Consagra scored five of his seven goals in the first half when PA took a 10-0 lead. Pietro Colella scored three goals and added three assists also during the first 40 minutes of action. The duo – along with Ian Tracy – was unstoppable.

Consagra scored twice more in the second half, and Colella added three goals and an assist in the final 40 minutes for Pittston Area (6-2). Tracy added six assists in the second half to go with his two first-half goals.

Chris Musto and Eric Fino each added a goal and an assist for the Patriots, and John Kielbasa chipped in with a goal. Matt Tavaglione added two assists for PA.

Zack Mikitish got the win in net for the Patriots, stopping two shots.

PA 1, Dallas 3

Pittston Area was ready to shock the local soccer world. But undefeated Dallas would have none of that.

The Patriots scored in the second minute of action – the first goal the Mountaineers defense had allowed since September of 2010 – but Dallas was able to rally and keep its mark unblemished with a 3-1 win over upstart Pittston Area in a Wyoming Valley Conference crossover match on Friday afternoon at the Bucky Harris Athletic Complex in Hughestown.

Pietro Colella scored on a pass from Jordan Consagra to give the Patriots an early 1-0 lead against the Division 1 leaders.

Dallas answered just six minutes later to knot the score at 1-1, and took the lead at the 10-minute mark, 2-1. The score remained 2-1 for the rest of the first half.

The Mountaineers added an insurance goal in the second half as its defense held Pittston Area to just four shots on the afternoon.

Taylor Roberts played well in goal for PA, stopping eight shots.

PA 11, GAR 1

Pittston Area rattled off 11 straight goals to take an 11-1 victory over GAR in a WVC crossover match on Wednesday afternoon during Senior Parents Day at the Bucky Harris Sports Complex in Hughestown.

Pietro Colella busted out of a scoring slump with six goals for the Patriots. The junior had just two goals in his previous four games after coming into the season as the team’s top offensive threat. Colella also contributed two assists for PA.

Leading-scorer Jordan Consagra added two goals and an assist for the Patriots, and Ian Tracy also contributed two goals and an assist.

Mike Mazur scored his first goal of the season on an assist from Colella, and goalie Zack Mikitish assisted on a goal by Colella in the second half.

Mikitish stopped one shot in goal as PA out shot the Grenadiers, 25-3.

WA 2, Lake-Lehman 6

Wyoming Area again wilted in the second half of play, losing a 6-2 decision to Lake-Lehman on Wednesday afternoon in a WVC crossover at the Tenth Street Soccer Field in Wyoming.

The Warriors rallied with two goals in the final 17 minutes of the first half to tie the score at 2-2. Sean O’Malley and Chris Bone each scored unassisted goals after WA trailed 2-0 to the Black Knights.

But Lehman scored four goals in the middle 15 minutes of the second half to earn the victory.

Josh Donvito stopped 10 shots in goal for the Warriors who managed just five shots on goal in the loss.

WA 1, Meyers 4

Wyoming Area surrendered three second-half goal in a 4-1 loss to Wilkes-Barre Meyers in a WVC crossover on Monday afternoon at the Tenth Street Soccer Field in Wyoming.

Brian Wisowaty knotted the score at 1-1 just seven minutes before intermission to give the Warriors some momentum heading into the second half.

But the Mohawks came back quickly with three unanswered goals to take the win.

Aaron Carter stopped 16 shots in goal for Wyoming Area.

OF 4, Dunmore 6

In the completion of a suspended game from earlier this season, Old Forge rallied to get within one goal of Dunmore, but the Blue Devils could get no closer in an eventual 6-4 loss to the Bucks in a Lackawanna Soccer League Division 3 match on Friday afternoon at the Billy Long Sports Complex in Old Forge.

Trailing 4-1 when the game was resumed, Old Forge allowed a goal to open the second half but then scored three straight goals to get within 5-4 with 22 minutes left.

Matt Mancuso found the back of the net on a J Argonish assist at the 48:14 mark to cut the deficit to 5-2 before Bobby Cipollina scored four minutes later on an assist from Alexa Furcon.

Mancuso then got the Blue Devils within one on a goal off of a corner kick at the 58:07 mark.

Dunmore quickly answered with an insurance goal less than two minutes later and held Old Forge in the remaining time.

Ian Nemetz scored the Blue Devils first goal on an assist from Matt Mancuso in the first half of the game which was played in a monsoon during the final week of September.

Corey Washington stopped 14 shots in net for Old Forge (2-8)

OF 2, Forest City 4

Old Forge out scored Forest City in the second half, but coming back from a three-goal deficit was just too much as the Blue Devils fell to the Foresters, 4-2, in a LLD3 match on Thursday afternoon in Forest City.

Forest City scored quickly, taking a 1-0 lead just 5:13 into the match before adding goals at the 19- and 23-minute marks of the first half. The Foresters then struck early in the second half with a goal just three minutes in to take a 4-0 lead.

But Old Forge did not quit, scoring two goals within five minutes of each other later in the half.

J Argonish scored on a penalty kick at the 53:32 mark of the second half, and then again on an assist from Bobby Cipollina at the 57:58 mark.

Corey Washington made 11 saves in goal for the Blue Devils.

OF 2, Carbondale 5

Old Forge got off to a quick start but could not hold off Carbondale in a 5-2 loss in a LLD3 game at the Billy Long Complex on Wednesday afternoon in Old Forge.

Bobby Cipollina scored on an assist from J Argonish at the 11:22 mark to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead over one of its top soccer rivals.

But the Chargers came back to tie the game at 1-1 on a Jason McGovern penalty kick at the 36:04. Carbondale then scored four straight goals to open the second half, including three in the first 15 minutes to take a 4-1 lead.

The Chargers went ahead, 5-1, before Old Forge got on the board again on an Argonish goal with less than nine minutes remaining.

Corey Washington made eight saves in goal for the Blue Devils.

OF 0, Mid Valley 7

A depleted Old Forge team suffered its worst loss of the season, a 7-0 decision to Mid Valley on Tuesday afternoon at the Billy Long Complex in Old Forge.

The Spartans scored just four minutes into the game, and added three more goals before halftime to take a commanding lead at intermission. Mid Valley then scored three goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half while keeping the Blue Devils off the board.

Corey Washington made 12 stops in goal for Old Forge.

This week’s schedule

Monday

PA v. Tunkhannock

WA at Nanticoke

OF at Riverside

Tuesday

PA v. Valley West

WA v. GAR

OF v. Lakeland

Wednesday

PA at Seminary

Thursday

WA v. Berwick

OF at Blue Ridge

Friday

PA v. Meyers

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