Above, Pittston Area’s Gabby Vaxmonsky makes a pass ahead of Wyoming Area’s Liv Adonizio. Below, Wyoming Area’s Liv Adonizio, left, challenges Pittston Area’s Brielle Warren for possession.photos by BILL TARUTIS
Above, Pittston Area’s Rebecca Weinstock, right, and Wyoming Area’s Morgan Kane battle for the ball in the District 2 Class 2A playoffs in West Pittston on Tuesday afternoon. Below left WA’s Serra Degnan, left, attacks the cage as PA’s Rachel Simansky defends. Below right, WA’s Abby Thornton, left, and PA’s Liz Mikitish chase down the ball.photos by BILL TARUTIS
Almost one year ago, Wyoming Valley Conference Division III No. 3 seed Pittston Area was handed a 4-1 loss by WVC Division II number-two seed Wyoming Area in the first-round of the District 2 Class 2A playoffs.
This season seemed eerily similar as the Cross River Rivals earned the same exact seeds and produced almost the same exact result.
The Lady Warriors played stellar defense and displayed a relentless offensive attack as Serra Degnan recorded a hat trick, and WA out shot Pittston Area, 20-0, on its way to a 4-0 victory over the Lady Patriots in the First-Round of the District 2 Class 2A playoffs on Tuesday afternoon at the Atlas Sports Complex in West Pittston.
“(Serra) always performs well. She had a hat trick in three games this year, and had four goals in one game this year. She’s our go-to girl for sure,” said first-year Lady Warriors Head Coach Megan Krebs. “She’s very aggressive, she gets the call, if she doesn’t have a scoring opportunity she does whatever she can to get a call for herself and the team.”
The Lady Warriors wasted no time kicking off the scoring when Brionna Murray played a nice through ball to a running Degnan who cut back with the ball, dribbled at the goal and fired one into the right of the cage for a 1-0 lead at the 25:28 mark of the first half.
WA nearly pushed the lead to two goals just six minutes later when Jenna Skrinak ripped a shot into the top of the net, but it was waved off because it was too high with too many people in front of it.
It then took more than 14 minutes for the Lady Warriors to push the score to 2-0, doing so off of a corner when the ball was played out to Skrinak who passed it to Liv Adonizio. Adonizio fired the ball in front of the net where it was deflected in by Degnan for her second goal of the game with five minutes left in the half.
The first 17 minutes of the second half were played back-and-forth between the two attacking thirds of the field, however neither team was able to turn their scoring opportunities into anything substantial. That is until Degnan registered her fourth hat trick of the year.
The junior took a long pass on the sideline and attacked the defender making a cut and hitting a hard low shot which took a deflection off a stick before rolling into the goal for a 3-0 Wyoming Area lead with less than 13 minutes left in the game.
The final tally of the game came when Murray hit a hard shot at PA keeper Ariel Ardo, who made a great kick save. But the ball landed right on the stick of Lexi Coolbaugh, who easily put the ball into the cage for a 4-0 lead and victory.
“We always say to the girls, make purposeful passes and I think it’s finally clicking with them,” Krebs said. “Every pass they made was to their own player or up the field, and we always tell them every game, up the field and up the sides. The sides are the best way to get it up the field.”
Lea Garibaldi recorded four saves for the Lady Patriots and Ardo added nine more.
Wyoming Area (8-8) held a 10-2 advantage in corners.
Pittston Area finishes its season at 10-5.
Wyoming Area saw its season come to an end in a 4-1 loss to Dallas on Friday afternoon in the District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals at Wyoming Seminary’s Klassner Field in Kingston.
The teams played scoreless for much of the first half before the second-seeded Lady Mounts got on the board with a goal from Vanessa Parsons at the 3:44 mark.
The Lady Warriors answered with a Serra Degnan goal just 1:39 before intermission to even the score at 1-1. Liv Adonizio assisted on Degnan’s 15th goal of the season.
But the WVC Division I fifth-place team turned it on in the second half, as Ashley Dunbar scored three goals for Dallas to get the win.
Nicole Cumbo stopped six shots in goal for WA.
The Lady Warriors finish its season at 8-9.
WVC Division 2
WVC Division 3
1. Serra Degnan, WA…34
2. Gabby Vaxmonsky, PA…30
3t. Rebecca Weinstock, PA…17
3t. Jenna Skrinak, WA…17
5t. Liz Mikitish, PA…12
5t. Sam Shiner, WA…12
1. Serra Degnan, WA…15
2. Gabby Vaxmonsky, PA…12
3. Jenna Skrinak, WA…8
4t. Rebecca Weinstock, PA…5
4t. Liz Mikitish, PA…5
6. Sam Shiner, WA…4
1. Rebecca Weinstock, PA…7
2. Gabby Vaxmonsky, PA…6
3t. Ally Adonizio, WA…4
3t. Serra Degnan, WA…4
3t. Sam Shiner, WA…4
6t. Madeline Dworak, PA…3
6t. Brionna Murray, WA…3
1. Ariel Ardo, PA…63
2t. Nicole Cumbo, WA…30
2t. Emily Wolfgang, WA…30
4. Lea Garibaldi, PA…17