Above, Pittston Area sophomore Sara Ruby tries to free herself from between two North Pocono players during a 0-0 draw on Tuesday afternoon in Hughestown. Below, PA players try and keep warm - and dry - after their game with North Pocono.photos by charlottle bartizek
What could have been a chance for a young Pittston Area squad to prove that they are going to be a factor in the WVC Division 2A race instead became a missed opportunity in a 0-0 overtime draw against a solid North Pocono team at the Bucky Harris Sports Complex in Hughestown on Tuesday afternoon. It was the second overtime in as many games for the Lady Patriots. The Lady Trojans finished 8-3-1 last season in WVC play.
A sloppy field was compounded by a steady rainfall as both teams were kept from displaying their full skill-set in the 100 minutes of action.
"(The weather) made for a little sloppy passing and a little different skips of the ball, but they worked hard," said Pittston Area head coach Nicole Tieso.
The first half showed little to no serious offensive threats with most of the shots coming from a distance and posing little trouble for the keepers.
The second half started slow with most of the play coming in the middle third of the field. However the Lady Patriots were able to put together a few serious chances. Those opportunities came off the boot of sophomore Sara Ruby.
With 13 minutes left in the half, Ruby broke to the right and got herself into the box. She fired a shot low and hard towards the far post but the North Pocono keeper was dove to her right and snatched the ball from going into the net. Then with just under six minutes left, Ruby again took a pass and headed into the box but this time she was taken down by what appeared to be a foul but the referee called play-on and the game continued.
The sensational sophomore wasn’t done.
She broke through the defense and was headed one-on-one with the keeper, with less than a minute left. The North Pocono keeper charged and Ruby blasted a shot but a spectacular save was made and the game headed into overtime.
In overtime, the rain picked up and the offense slowed down.
With the offensive attacks coming in spurts, the only substantial chance was by North Pocono when a cross was sent in and a Lady Trojans forward got her head on it sending it towards the far post. However, sophomore goalkeeper Jordan Cumbo leaped to the right and stonewalled the game-winning score.
"My girls worked hard, so maybe next time we can knock one in. But I’m content with the tie," said Tieso.
Cumbo made eight saves in the net for the Lady Patriots.
Pittston Area (0-1-1) had 15 shots and seven of them on goal, while North Pocono had 14 shots but eight of them on goal. PA held a 7-5 advantage in corner kicks.
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1t. Scalzo, WA…1
1. Cumbo, PA…27
2. Vitale, WA…7
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