WA’s Marissa Charney has control of the ball as a GAR defender comes in.
Katie Scalzo advances the ball for Wyoming Area against GAR Tuesday afternoon in Wyoming. The Lady Warriors defeated the Lady Grenadiers for their first win of the season.photos by BILL TARUTIS
Kourtney Schwerdtman controls the ball for Wyoming Area against GAR.
In an early season match-up of two of the top teams in Division 2B of the Wyoming Valley Conference, Wyoming Area and Meyers both displayed excellent ball skill and energy but the Lady Warriors couldn’t keep up with the speed of Meyers as they fell 3-1 on Thursday at the Gordon Avenue Fields in South Wilkes-Barre.
The Lady Mohawks controlled the first half playing most of it on the WA side of the field and earning a lead which they would not relinquish. Meyers got on the board first, notching their first goal at the 16:59 mark of the first half. They found the back of the net again less than eight minutes later stretching the lead to 2-0.
But the Lady Warriors would not go down without a fight.
Wyoming Area (1-1) broke the shutout with less than five minutes to go in the half after Meyers committed a foul approximately 40 yards from the goal. But distance means nothing when you have the leg of Katie Scalzo.
The senior stepped up and blasted a bending ball into the box near the keeper. The Meyers keeper couldn’t handle it cleanly and Jenn Bone was there to knock the loose ball into the back of the net to cut the lead in half.
The Lady Warriors were able to put more pressure on the Meyers defense in the second half recording numerous offensive attacks and free kicks but each attempt was foiled by the quick defensive line. Meyers sealed the victory with their third goal at the 15:15 mark of the second half bumping the lead to 3-1 where it would stay for the remainder of the match.
Megan Yurek recorded six saves in the net for Wyoming Area.
Meyers held an 8-5 advantage in corners but the rest of the stats were very similar. The Lady Mohawks only had one more shot than Wyoming Area (15-14), and had nine shots on goal compared to WA’s seven.
Wyoming Area opened its season in fine fashion with an emphatic 4-0 win over GAR in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2B soccer match at the Tenth Street Soccer Field on Tuesday afternoon in Wyoming.
Kourtney Schwerdtman put the Lady Warriors on the board with an unassisted goal at the 23:38 mark of the first half to give WA a 1-0 lead.
Katie Scalzo then scored back-to-back goals to put Wyoming Area ahead 3-0. Scalzo scored unassisted at the 28-minute mark of the first half, and at the 27:03 mark of the second half on an assist from Amanda Gallagher.
Danielle Stillarti added the final Lady Warriors goal with an unassisted goal at the 36:35 mark of the second half.
Caitlin Vitale kept the Lady Grenadiers off the board with seven saves in goal for WA.
Pittston Area opened its Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2A soccer season with a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss to Honesdale on Thursday afternoon in Wayne County.
After a scoreless first half, Kaylene Sutkowski have the Lady Patriots a seeming insurmountable 2-0 lead just six minutes into the second half.
Sutkowski scored on an assist from Danielle Fereck just 1:54 into the second half to give PA a 1-0 lead. The senior then scored again, this time on an assist from sophomore Liz Mikitish at the 45:57 mark of the second half.
But from there it was all Honesdale as the Lady Hornets scored twice in the last eight minutes – including the game-tying goal with just 47 seconds left in regulation – to tie the game at 2-2.
Honesdale continued its scoring spree in the overtime, finding the net just 1:53 into the extra time.
PA goalie Jordan Cumbo stopped eight shots in net for the Lady Patriots. Pittston Area outshot Honesdale, 15-11 on the day.
---Dispatch staff writer Rick Notari contributed to this report.
1t. Scalzo, WA…2
1t. Sutkowski, PA…2
3t. Three tied with…1
1t. Fereck, PA…1
1t. Gallagher, WA…1
1t. Mikitish, PA…1
1t. Scalzo, WA…1
1. Cumbo, PA…8
2. Vitale, WA…7
3. Yurek, WA…6
PA v. North Pocono
WA v. MMI Prep
PA at Seminary
WA at Dallas