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Patriots earn WVC third seed in D2 playoffs

Pittston Area’s quarterfinal opponent to be determined today

Old Forge goalie Jared Heckman has a hold of the ball during one of his 16 saves against Carbondale.

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Old Forge’s J Argonish (22) heads the ball past a Carbondale defender.

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Pietro Colella controls the ball for Pittston Area.


Wyoming Area goalie Aaron Carter makes a save against MMI Prep on Monday night.

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OF’s Ian Nemetz controls the ball against Carbondale on Monday night.

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Pittston Area”s Jordan Consagra makes a pass against Lake-Lehman Monday afternoon in Hughestown.


Wyoming Area’s Dan Haley clears the ball on Monday night in a game against MMI Prep.

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The District 2 Class 3A playoff seedings will be determined officially today at a meeting, but expect Pittston Area to earn the Wyoming Valley Conference’s third-seed.

As of Saturday morning, the quarterfinal was set to be played on Wednesday or Thursday. Expect the Patriots to travel either day to face a Lackawanna Soccer League opponent. The district semifinals will be played either Monday, Oct. 31 or Tuesday, Nov. 1 with the championship match set for Nov. 2 or Nov. 3.

Other WVC teams that qualified for the district tournament include Coughlin (11-3) and Valley West (8-6). Abington Heights (12-1-1), Delaware Valley (9-5) and Wallenpaupack (5-8-1) will represent the Lackawanna Soccer League. Williamsport is also included in the tournament as the lone Class 3A team in District 4. The eighth team is Tunkhannock (10-7) who defeated Scranton (1-12-1) in a play-in game.

PA 3, Meyers 1

Pittston Area (10-5-1) completed its regular season with a 3-1 win over Meyers in a WVC Division 2 Soccer match on Wednesday afternoon at the Bucky Harris Athletic Complex in Hughestown.

Pietro Colella put the Patriots on the board with an unassisted goal just five minutes into the game. Ian Tracy gave PA a 2-0 lead on an assist from Jordan Consagra at the 15-minute mark.

Meyers cut the lead in half with a goal 10 minutes later, but Consagra gave the Patriots some late insurance with an unassisted goal with one minute left in the match.

Zack Mikitish stopped eight shots in goal for Pittston Area.

PA 2, Lehman 6

Pittston Area hung tough with WVC Division 2 champion Lake-Lehman for 65 minutes before the Black Knights broke out with four unanswered goals to defeat the Patriots, 6-2, on Monday afternoon at the Bucky Harris Athletic Complex in Hughestown.

Trailing 2-0 in the 55th minute, PA’s Jordan Consagra got the Patriots on the board, and four minutes later tied the score at 2-2 with a goal in the 59th minute of action.

But Lake-Lehman scored four goals in seven minutes, beginning with a Jay Dawsey goal in the 66th minute. Dawsey scored four goals and added an assist for the Black Knights.

Taylor Roberts stopped 12 shots in goal for the Patriots.

WA 7, MMI Prep 1

Wyoming Area (6-10) finished its regular season with a convincing 7-1 victory over MMI Prep in a WVC Division 3 match on Senior Parents Night on Monday at Jake Sobeski Stadium in West Pittston.

Chris Bone scored a hat trick for the Warriors as the home squad ran out to a 5-0 lead at halftime.

Sean O’Malley and Nate Brague each scored two goals and added an assist for WA.

Aaron Carter stopped 14 shots in net for the Warriors.

OF 1, Carbondale 3

Despite playing without five starters – including its regular goalie – Old Forge (3-11) gave a yeoman’s effort in a 3-1 loss to LSL Division 3 stalwart and playoff-bound Carbondale in its last game of the season on Monday night at the Andrew Cerra Athletic Complex in the Pioneer City.

Junior Jared Heckman made his varsity debut in goal for the Blue Devils and stopped 16 shots. Heckman, normally one of Old Forge’s starting midfielders, held the Chargers scoreless for the first 29 minutes of the game. Defenders Tyler Cavalari and Bobby Cipollina also had a hand in holding down the offensive-minded Chargers for much of the first half.

Carbondale scored two goals within seven minutes before senior J Argonish put Old Forge on the board with a blast from the left side with just over two minutes remaining before intermission.

The Blue Devils had chances in the second half to knot the score but Carbondale goalie Ben Gardus shut the door on the Old Forge offense before the Chargers added an insurance goal with just under five minutes left.

Argonish finishes his career as the Blue Devils all-time leading goal-scorer with 34 goals, and atop the points list with 89 points.


1. Jordan Consagra, PA…69

2. Pietro Colella, PA…62

3t. J Argonish, OF…36

3t. Nate Brague, WA…36

4. Ian Tracy, PA…31

6. Sean O’Malley, WA…26

7. Chris Bone, WA…17

8. Matt Mancuso, OF…14

9. Bobby Cipollina, OF…13


1. Jordan Consagra, PA…30

2. Pietro Colella, PA…26

3. Nate Brague, WA…16

4. J Argonish, OF…15

5t. Sean O’Malley, WA…11

5t. Ian Tracy, PA…11


1. Pietro Colella, PA…10

2. Jordan Consagra, PA…9

3. Ian Tracy, PA…9

4t. J Argonish, OF…6

4t. Matt Mancuso, OF…6

4t. Chris Musto, PA…6


1. Corey Washington, OF…126

2. Aaron Carter, WA…136

3. Taylor Roberts, PA…64

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