Berwick and Nanticoke both finished the regular season at 11-1 and had previously clinched District 2 playoff berths. Neither school has been informed of a possible playoff game to break the deadlock.
Nanticoke defeated Berwick 2-0 on April 15.
Now the rest of the state will soon know her name.
Bono, a junior at Greater Nanticoke Area, scored a state-record 11 goals in a 15-0 victory against Bishop OReilly on Wednesday in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division B girls soccer game.
Its a great accomplishment and Im excited that I did it, said Bono, who has 107 career goals. In the second half my teammates asked me how many goals I had. I counted quick and said Eight. My teammates really pushed me and wanted me to get it. They helped big time.
Its great because I didnt do it by myself, my team did it.
According to the Pennsylvania State Coaches Association handbook, the previous record was eight for boys and girls. The girls record was held by Jen Graham of Radnor since 1995. The boys record is held by Steve Krause of Delaware Valley (1978).
Bono, who has 23 goals this season, had six first-half goals as the Trojanettes led 8-0.
I felt bad for the other team; they really tried though, Bono said. They got tired. We had great passes and we all made great runs. We just tired them out.
At halftime, Nanticoke coach Rich Compton decided to let Bono go for the state record.
Its not often a kid can get an achievement like that, said Compton, in his 12th season. She deserves it so we gave her the opportunity.
Problem is, Compton thought the record was 10, so Bono stayed in a bit longer than she needed to.
The assist record was 10, I thought it was the goal record, Compton said.
Compton said coaches from Bishop OReilly werent happy that Bono wasnt pulled from the game until about 10 minutes remained. She scored her 11th goal with 10:49 left in the game.
They didnt understand what was going on, Compton said. A kid has a shot at a state record, I didnt think we should hold her back.
Bishop OReilly coach Dennis Parulis said he was upset because it was Bishop OReillys Senior night. He called Comptons reasoning for leaving Bono in the game just wrong.
It wasnt a real classy move on his part, Parulis said.
Bono scored 44 goals as a freshman and 40 more last season as a sophomore. Her previous game high was seven, set last year against Hazleton Area.
Nanticoke improved to 10-0-0 in Division B, while OReilly fell to 2-9-0.
Between Aimee Bono and Caitlin Klish combining to score two goals in Greater Nanticoke Areas 2-0 girls soccer victory Friday over Berwick there were some anxious moments.
The Trojanettes wouldnt want it any other way.
It challenges us to see how good a team we are, Bono said. We think were doing really well, but then you put us up against a team like Berwick, it shows what we really can do. I like it.
What was even better for Nanticoke was improving to 4-0 in Division B and knocking Berwick (6-1) from the top spot.
Bono, a junior, won two Division C scoring titles when the Trojanettes were dominating the Wyoming Valley Conferences weakest division. She scored in the sixth and 66th minutes, both off assists by Klish, as Nanticoke held off a strong effort by the Dawgs.
We didnt capitalize and thats the way its been the last three weeks, Berwick coach Pat Height said. Were not putting the ball in the goal. We definitely have a lot of quality players and we play well, its just a matter of working together a little more and finishing.
Berwick, which like Nanticoke played in Division C the past two seasons, didnt need to worry too much about offensive inconsistency against lesser opponents this season. But Nanticoke presented the strongest challenge thus far, and the Dawgs couldnt break through despite outshooting Nanticoke 26-8.
Chances came and left, especially in the second half. The best opportunity was in the 63rd minute when Berwick freshman Brooke Orlando grounded a 20-yard shot that Nanticoke keeper Ashley Makarczyk saved by diving quickly to her left.
Orlando, Sierra Matash and Isla Wilczynski were the main threats for Berwick as it fought hard to get a tying goal. Nanticoke, though, countered after Makarczyks diving stop, and Bono scored her second goal after Courtnenay Pientka started the play with a corner kick.
They did have one or two really good scoring opportunities, Nanticoke coach Rich Compton said, but for the most part the shots were 20 yards out and Ashley sucks up most of that stuff. When somebody takes a shot, youre not gasping for air, you know she is going to get to most of them.
Bono felt she and her teammates may have unintentionally helped out Berwicks attack by deviating from their normal style.
We played a lot of kick ball, which is something weve been doing a lot this season, Bono said. That gave them more opportunities than we wanted them to have.
Realignment is nothing new to Wyoming Valley Conference girls soccer. Several times in its 15-year existence teams have moved either up or down in the divisions.
What is different is the promoted teams have legitimate chances to make noise in their new divisions.
District 2 runner-up Crestwood and Bishop Hoban dominated Division B for the past two seasons and should be tough in Division A. Nanticoke Area and Berwick, Division C powers in the past, are now in Division B and should battle for the title.
This year might be the most competitive year ever in girls soccer, said coach Chris Scharff, whose Dallas team won the Division A title last year. I think there are five teams who can win the (district) championship.
In the past, when teams were promoted because of being the best teams in a lower division, they usually moved up without most of their best players who had graduated. Not so with the aforementioned teams, which were strong with underclassmen.
I think well fare well, said Nanticoke coach Rich Compton, whose team lost 2-1 in the first round to eventual District 2 champion Coughlin last season. I think we can compete (in district), I really, really do.
In fact, Nanticoke and Berwick may perform so well during the next two seasons, its realistic they can nuzzle their way into Division A for the 2007 season. No team has ever advanced from the lowest division to the highest.
Division A looks extremely tough with six of the eight District 2 qualifiers from last year now in it with the additions of Hoban and Crestwood.
In that division, more than in a long time, six out of eight teams have the opportunity to be in first place, Hoban coach Glenn Gray said. And only four get playoff berths.
The league realigned for the next two years, moving a total of eight teams to different divisions. Division B had the biggest facelift, with only Bishop OReilly, Delaware Valley and Wyoming Area staying there.
Meyers and North Pocono tied for last place in Division A and were relegated to Division B. Bishop Hoban and Crestwood were promoted to Division A. Neither had much competition in Division B. Pittston Area and Tunkhannock, each of which won just one game last season, dropped from Division B to Division C.
Nanticoke and Berwick moved from Division C to Division B. Nanticoke dominated Division C the past two seasons, outscoring divisional opponents 200-13. Berwick wasnt far behind in its dominance.
The WVC is down to 23 teams as Valley View decided to shift to the fall and join its hometown Lackawanna League
Same as last season, with the top four Division A teams, top two Division B teams and the Division C champion qualifying for the District 2 playoffs.
The eighth team will be determined by a play-in game between the Division B third-place team and the Division C runner-up.
The dates for the playoffs havent been set.
TOP FIVE PLAYERS
Picking just five is a tough task considering 22 of the 36 divisional all-stars from last season were underclassmen. So while these five may not be the five best per se, they will certainly be ones to watch.
Aimee Bono, Nanticoke: Although a shade under 5 foot, Bono is a dynamic performer. Her speed, ball skills and accurate shot have allowed the junior to score 84 goals and assist 15 more in two seasons.
Nicole Boone, Crestwood: Boone has won the Division B scoring championship the past two seasons, so it will be interesting to see her against tougher Division A competition. Still, she should succeed because of her innate ability to find the net.
Jenny Polak, Bishop Hoban: Polak earned all-state and Division B MVP honors as a junior after scoring 13 goals and assisting four. While those numbers wont make her jump out on the field, its her ability to create scoring chances that make her a standout.
Courtenay Pientka, Nanticoke: Pientka shared Division C MVP honors last season because of her physical, intimidating play and leadership at midfield. She could also generate offense, demonstrated by her five goals and 12 assists last season.
Traci Ragukas, Lake-Lehman: Ragukas was adept at scoring and creating chances for teammates last season, finishing with 12 goals and 14 assists. The junior midfielders best asset is her determination to get to the goal. Few players attack a defense with the same passion.
TOP FIVE GAMES
The playoff setup makes nearly every game in Division A critical. As for the other divisions, their front-runners are clearer.
Coughlin at Crestwood, April 13: Coughlin defeated Crestwood 2-1 for the District 2 title in a game called due to torrential rain and lightning with about 21 minutes left in the second half. Hopefully, there will be clear skies for the rematch.
Dallas at Coughlin, April 18: Coughlin has been a notoriously slow starter the past few seasons, but always rallies to make the playoffs. This game marks the start of the second half of the season for the two-time District 2 champion.
Honesdale at Wallenpaupack, April 26: The people in the valley may not care too much, but up north this game could decide the only automatic berth out of Division C.
Abington Heights at Crestwood, May 9: This Comets vs. Comets matchup may determine the final district berth out of Division A.
Nanticoke at Berwick, May 10: The teams split last years two games, both by 2-1 scores, and should be the teams to beat in Division 2. This season-ender may decide the title.
2004 WVC Record/Finish: 13-1, 1st Div. C
Goals for/against: 90/6
Home field: Football stadium and West Park
Coach: Rich Compton
Players to watch: Seniors Elyse Dunn, FB; Caitlin Klish, MF; Courtenay Pientka, MF. Juniors Aimee Bono, F; Kerri Donahue, FB; Ashley Makarczyk, K; Jess Yackmovitch, FB. Sophomores Jess Bono, MF; Maria Snyder, FB.
Outlook: The Trojanettes ripped through Division C the past
two years and should do the same except for the Berwick games. Divisional
co-MVP Pientka is a force at midfield, Bono (40 g, 9 a) is a scoring threat
any time she touches the ball and Makarczyk leads an experienced defense.
It should all add up to the top spot and a possible run through the district