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Patriot duo has PA on brink of playoffs

Colella, Consagra are 1-2 in WVC scoring

Above, Old Forge’s J Argonish moves the ball past Riverside defender Connor Mailen. Below left, Jared Heckman (11) heads the ball for the Blue Devils. Below right, OF goalie Corey Washington plays a shot against Riverside, and Adam Barsigian (20) kicks the ball past midfield.

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Above, Pittston Area’s Jordan Consagra dribbles around a Valley West defender during the Patriots match with the Spartans. Below left, Ian Tracy (1) is congratulated by his temmates after scoring a goal. Below right, Matt Tavaglione carries the ball past a Valley West player.

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Not many teams in the Wyoming Valley Conference can throw a powerful one-two punch at its opponents.

Pittston Area is one team that can.

That was proven again Monday, as the Patriots knocked off Tunkhannock, 4-0, - getting two goals and an assist from Jordan Consagra, and a goal and an assist from Pietro Colella.

The duo has combined for 122 points, with Consagra’s 62 and Colella’s 60 ranking first and second in the conference.

“We have a beautiful connection,” Consagra said about his relationship with Colella on the field. “We read each other. He knows what I’m thinking. I know what he’s thinking. He’s feeding me the ball. I’m feeding him the ball. We’re all doing great out there.”

Consagra, who has 27 goals and eight assists this season, got the scoring started for the Patriots, who are 9-4-1 in the WVC’s Division II. Consagra took a pass from Ian Tracy and beat Tunkhannock keeper Zac Daniels just 30 seconds into the match for a quick 1-0 lead.

Getting a fast start is something Pittston Area has started doing recently and did the same thing last week against Dallas.

“I think we have speed that you’re not expecting up front,” Pittston Area coach Pat O’Boyle said. “Piet and Jordan, those kids can fly so we seem to be getting one of those early and a little bit of momentum, and just kind of building off of it.”

Consagra, a sophomore, received a pass from Colella to give his team a 2-0 lead late in the first half. Consagra dished a pass to Matt Tavaglione, who found the back of the net about a minute later for a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.

Colella, a senior, put the finishing touches on the victory with a tally in the second half assisted by Chris Musto. Colella ended the afternoon with 25 goals and 10 assists on the season.

Those staggering team numbers for the Patriots have catapulted them near the top of the Division II standings, trailing just Lake-Lehman (10-3). In the race for the three seeds in the District 2 Class 3A tournament, the Patriots are behind Crestwood (8-2), Coughlin (8-3) and Wyoming Valley West (8-3) this afternoon. Tunkhannock (9-6), also 3A, would be the No. 4 seed if the playoffs started today and would have to win a play-in game against a Lackawanna League team.

“We’re doing phenomenal. I can’t complain,” Consagra added. “Actions speak louder than words and we’re playing up to our standards right now. We’re going to try to give it all we got.”

The Tigers were shutout for just the second time this season. Senior Ryan Karnopp, who has 60 points this season (27 goals, 6 assists) was held scoreless by a stifling Patriots defense despite taking four of Tunkhannock’s nine shots.

PA 4, Seminary 4

Pittston Area rallied with four unanswered goals – one in the final 30 seconds of regulation - to tie Wyoming Seminary, 4-4, in double overtime in a WVC Division 2 match on Wednesday afternoon in Kingston.

Trailing 4-0 after the first 25 minutes of play, John Kielbasa began the Patriots comeback with a goal at the 3:21 mark of the first half to get PA within 4-1 on an assist from Pietro Colella.

Tom Allardyce cut the deficit in half with a goal on an Ian Tracy assist at the 20:46 mark of the second half, and a minute later, Tracy scored on an assist from Colella to get Pittston Area within 4-3.

Jaret Monteforte then provided the dramatics, capping the comeback with a goal on a Jordan Consagra assist with 27 seconds left in regulation.

The teams followed the last-second goal with 20 minutes of scoreless soccer to finish the match tied at 4-4.

Taylor Roberts stopped eight shots in goal for the Patriots.

PA 2, Valley West 3

Pittston Area got on the board first against WVC Division 1 foe Wyoming Valley West, but the Spartans had the last laugh, scoring in the second overtime session to nip the Patriots 3-2 in a WVC crossover match on Tuesday afternoon at the Bucky Harris Athletic Complex in Hughestown.

Ian Tracy gave Pittston Area the 1-0 lead just two minutes into the game on an assist from Jordan Consagra.

Valley West answered with two goals to take the lead at intermission, but the Patriots even the score in the 67th minute on a goal from Tom Allardyce on an other assist from Consagra.

The teams played even for the rest of regulation and for the first 14 minutes of extra time, but the Brooks Thompson scored on a defensive miscue in the 94th minute to give the Spartans the victory.

Taylor Roberts stopped eight shots in net for the Patriots.

WA 3, Berwick 5

Wyoming Area played even with division-leading Berwick for 55 minutes, but the Bulldogs were able to pull away for the 5-3 victory over the Warriors in a WVC Division 3 match on Thursday afternoon at the Tenth Street Soccer Field in Wyoming.

Nate Brague gave WA an early lead with an unassisted goal just 5:47 into the match. Berwick responded with two goals in the next 13 minutes to take a 2-1 lead at halftime.

Sean O’Malley tied the score at 2-2 for the Warriors, scoring on an assist from Dan Haley at the 45:58 mark of the second half.

Eleven minutes later, the Bulldogs retook the lead with a goal by Rich Umana at the 56:07 mark, and added another just eight minutes later for the 4-2 lead.

Chris Bone got Wyoming Area within a goal at the 70:18 mark with a goal on an assist from Nick Gusnka. But four minutes later Umana added his third goal of the game to solidify the Berwick win.

Aaron Carter stopped 16 shots in goal for the Warriors.

WA 6, Nanticoke 0

Wyoming Area two goals in the first four minutes of its 6-0 win over Nanticoke in a WVC Division 3 match on Monday afternoon at the Tenth Street Soccer Field in Wyoming.

Sean O’Malley and Bill Gray put the Warriors on the board with goals at the 36:25 mark and the 35:53 mark respectively.

Zach Sypniewski added to the WA lead with a goal at the 20:42 mark before the Warriors took a 4-0 lead into intermission on Chris Bone’s goal at the 3:38 mark of the first half. Both Sypniewski and Bone added assists for Wyoming Area in the first half.

Nate Brague opened the scoring for WA in the second half on an assist from Bone at the 31:55 mark.

Gray added his second goal of the game on an assist from Brian Mapes with 43 seconds left.

WA 1, Seminary 8

Wyoming Area allowed five unanswered goals in the second half in an 8-1 loss to Wyoming Seminary in a WVC crossover match on Saturday afternoon in Kingston.

The Blue Knights went ahead 2-0 when Nate Brague cut the deficit in half for the Warriors with a goal at the 12:48 mark of the first half on an assist from David Wisowaty.

But Sem scored three minutes later to take a 3-1 lead into intermission before scoring five more times in the second half while holding Wyoming Area scoreless in the final 40 minutes.

AJ Lenkaitis made 14 stops in goal for the Warriors.

OF 2, Blue Ridge 3 2OT

Old Forge was mathematically eliminated from the post-season in a last-minute, double-overtime loss to Blue Ridge, 3-2, on Thursday afternoon in a LSL Division 3 match in New Milford.

Trailing 1-0, J Argonish tied the score at 1-1 on an assist from freshman Ryan Voyack at the 17:33 mark of the first half. Argonish then gave the Blue Devils the lead at the 53:34 mark of the second half, scoring on an assist from fellow co-captain Adam Barsigian.

But Blue Ridge rallied to send the game into overtime on a goal by Stephen Jesse with just 8:02 remaining in regulation.

After a scoreless first overtime, then teams went another 8:30 without finding the net. But with just under 90 seconds remaining Blue Ridge’s Kevin McCarey scored off of a corner kick to give the Red Raiders the victory.

Corey Washington stopped 10 shots in goal for Old Forge.

OF 2, Riverside 0

Old Forge avenged an earlier loss to arch-rival Riverside with a 2-0 victory over the Vikings in a LSL Division 3 match on Monday afternoon at the Taylor Youth Sports Complex.

Bobby Cipollina and Matt Mancuso both scored first-half goals as the Blue Devils dominated possession for the first 40 minutes of the contest.

Cipollina opened the scoring with a goal at the 16:10 mark on a fine pass from senior J Argonish.

Mancuso was also the recipient of an Argonish assist, scoring from the left side at the 27:20 mark.

Corey Washington made 13 stops in net for Old Forge, including denying a penalty kick midway through the second-half of play.

OF 2, Lakeland 8

For 20 minutes Old Forge went toe-to-toe with the defending LSL Division 3 champs. But in the end, Lakeland had too much firepower as the Blue Devils fell, 8-2, on Senior Parents Night on Tuesday at Old Forge Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead when Bobby Cipollina threaded the needle with a blast through traffic and past Lakeland goalie Scott Cortes on a touch from J Argonish from about 15 yards away at the 17:18 mark. Old Forge had a chance to go ahead by two goals, but Cortes was able to stop an Argonish shot from the top right corner of the box less than a minute later.

The Chiefs answered the Old Forge flurry with three goals in less than seven minutes, beginning with a goal by James Blevins at the 20:48 mark of the first half.

Down 3-1, Argonish had a chance to get the Blue Devils within a goal right before halftime but was denied on a penalty kick by Cortes. Thirty seconds later, Lakeland scored to go ahead 4-1 with less than a minute remaining before intermission.

Argonish finally found the back of the next with 18 minutes left in the game on a blast from 20 yards out on the left side of the pitch, depositing the ball into the right corner past Cortes to get Old Forge within 5-2.

But Lakeland finished strong with three goals between the 62nd and 69th minutes to finish the game off.

Corey Washington made some strong saves in goal for the Blue Devils, stopping 11 shots while being peppered by the high-powered Lakeland offense.

Standings

WVC Division 2

Lake-Lehman…10-3

Pittston Area…9-4-1

Holy Redeemer…8-6-1

Tunkhannock…9-6

Wyoming Sem…7-6-2

Meyers…4-10

WVC Division 3

Berwick…9-4-1

Hanover Area…7-4-1

Wyoming Area…5-9

MMI Prep…3-11

GAR…2-12

Nanticoke…0-15

LSL Division 3

Forest City…12-1

Lakeland…10-2-1

Carbondale…10-3

Mid Valley…7-5-1

Dunmore…4-9

Blue Ridge…3-9-1

Old Forge…3-10

Riverside…1-11-1

Points

1. Jordan Consagra, PA…62

2. Pietro Colella, PA…60

3. J Argonish, OF…34

4. Nate Brague, WA…31

5. Ian Tracy, PA…29

6. Sean O’Malley, WA…21

7. Matt Mancuso, OF…14

8. Bobby Cipollina, OF…13

9. Chris Bone, WA…11

Goals

1. Jordan Consagra, PA…27

2. Pietro Colella, PA…25

3t. J Argonish, OF…14

3t. Nate Brague, WA…14

5. Ian Tracy, PA…10

6. Sean O’Malley, WA…9

Assists

1. Pietro Colella, PA…10

2. Ian Tracy, PA…9

3. Jordan Consagra, PA…8

4t. J Argonish, OF…6

4t. Matt Mancuso, OF…6

6. Matt Tavaglione, PA…4

Saves

1. Corey Washington, OF…126

2. Aaron Carter, WA…122

3. Taylor Roberts, PA…52

This week’s schedule

Monday

PA v. Lake-Lehman

WA v. MMI Prep, 7

OF at Carbondale, 6:30

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