10/28/2006 Dallas wins quarterfinal in
Mountaineers put 49 shots on goal, but need overtime to advance to District
Chris Scharff knew he would have a challenge on his
hands when Dallas hosted Nanticoke in a District 2 Class 2A quarterfinal
game Friday night at Dallas High School.
But what the coach didnt know was that his team would drop 49
shots into the box unsuccessfully en route to a 1-0 shootout win over
the visiting Trojans.
Nanticoke is a team that always plays hard, said Scharff.
(Nanticoke Area coach Mark Matusek) makes them believe they
can win each and every time they take the field.
Dallas advanced to the District 2 Class 2A semifinals against Valley
View, a 3-2 winner over Crestwood on Friday.
Nanticoke goalie John Albanese turned away all 49 shots the Mountaineers
fired at him.
(Albanese) was phenomenal, said Scharff. There were
about four shots in the first half alone that definitely should have
been in. But a win is a win, and well take it.
Dallas and Nanticoke ended regulation tied at 0-0, and moved through
two overtime periods without a score.
Billy DeAngelo shot first for the Mountaineers, slotting the ball
in the lower right corner. Dan Grabinski followed for Nanticoke, placing
the ball in the same location to tie the shootout score,
David Luksh shot next for Dallas, finding the back of the net with
a low, driving ball on the left side. Ryan Grabinski went low left
for the Trojans to even the score, 2-2.
Kevin Pierce shot third for the Mountaineers, finding the middle of
the net. Mack Martin followed up with a shot to the high, left corner
to set the score at 3-3.
Mark Hummel went to the left corner, shooting fourth for Dallas. Jason
Zmijewski found the high, right corner with Nanticokes fourth
shot, evening the score at 4-4.
Baltimore shot fifth for the Mountaineers, driving the ball into the
upper right corner.
Josh Olzinski took the fifth and final shot for the Trojans. Olzinski
drilled a low shot into the lower right portion of the goal. Dallas
goalie Peter Steve guessed right on the shot and met the ball before
the goal line, deflecting it wide.
I thought the shootout was going to end up going to the second
five, said Baltimore. Their first four shooters all made
their shots perfectly and we came in and made our shots.
Dallas had ample chances in the first half to create scoring opportunities.
With 22 minutes remaining, Luksh took a pass from Guy Carpenter on
the 18-yard line. Luksh drilled the shot into the upper left portion
of the goal only to have Albanese deflect it wide.
The scene was repeated three minutes later when midfielder Alex Baltimore
fed a long pass to forward Pierce. Pierce struck a low ball into the
corner, but Albanese again met the ball and deflected it.
Their defense was playing well throughout the game, said
Baltimore. We thought it was going to happen for us, but nothing
was working the way we thought. When we came out in the second half,
we were able to move the ball the way we wanted to.
With 20 minutes left in regulation, Scharff made substitutions in
order to try and spark some offense and relieve some of the pressure
from the Dallas forwards.
We switched from four defenders to three, trying to spark some
offense. We also switched some players, said Scharff.
Baltimore, normally a midfielder, moved to the center forward position,
dropping Pierce back to the midfield.
Their sweeper was bigger, stronger and faster. (Baltimore) is
bigger, stronger and faster. So I figured we could take some pressure
off some of the players with that change, said Scharff.
Nanticoke was awarded a direct kick directly outside the Dallas 18
with 13 minutes left in the second half. Chris Moran took the shot,
which was deflected by a Dallas player over the crossbar. The resulting
corner kick was cleared.
At the nine-minute mark, Pierce broke away down the left side of the
field but was met by Dan Olzinski in defense. Pierce fed Luksh near
the 18-yard line, who drilled a shot into the upper left corner of
the goal only to have the ball cut down one-handed by Albanese.
I think we created enough shots and chances
on offense; the ball just wouldnt go in for us, said Scharff.
Their team played extremely well on defense. I hope we got this
out of our system though.
10/24/2006 Olzinski, Trojans exact revenge, deny GAR
chance at division title
By Mike Garvey Staff Writer
The last time Nanticoke Areas Dan Olzinski
lined up in front of GAR goalkeeper RJ Suda, he missed a penalty kick
in the Grenadiers eventual victory. So what was he thinking
yesterday in the rematch, when he again lined up in front of Suda?
The first one, I was expecting him to
go one way and he went the other, and I made a last second decision,
Olzinski said. This time I made up my mind I was going one way.
With his mind went the ball, the Trojans
final goal in a 4-2 victory. Olzinskis goal came at 24:09, and
the Trojans (13-3) made it stick for a win that will increase their
chances at a top district playoff seed and denied the Grenadiers a
shot at the Wyoming Valley Conference title.
GAR came into the game tied with Meyers for
the Divison II lead with identical 14-1 records.
But after winning at Wyoming Area last night,
Meyers stands at 15-1. The Grenadiers, however, have a slightly worse
14-2 mark and one baffled coach.
Our kids played hard, but I dont
know, GAR coach Jeff Carlo said. You dont know what
to say. Im in shock we lost 4-2, I really am.
Carlo speculated that his team might have been
looking ahead to a potential grudge match with Meyers, who handed
GAR its only defeat of the season. After a Godson Tandoh goal at 37:01
in the first period, GAR looked headed in that direction, especially
considering that the Trojans gameplan was to stop him up the
middle exactly the place he scored his goal. Inexplicably to
Carlo, however, his team eased up on the clutch.
We got a goal right off the bat and it
just seemed like we played defense the rest of that half, Carlo
That was a dangerous ingredient to put in the
same pot with a fired-up Nanticoke squad. One could have strung a
harp with the games plot lines: Olzinskis redemption,
the Trojans vengeance of an earlier loss, the seniors
desire to win on senior night.
We were all pumped up today at school,
we had a pep rally, Kris Moran, who scored the Trojans
third goal at 24:41, said. Thats what made us come out
strong, was the senior night.
Nanticoke also lost to Meyers Friday on a series
of near-misses, including a shot that rolled across the entire crossbar.
That luck almost continued on the Trojans first goal yesterday,
a Ryan Grabinski shot that hit the left post and bounced out like
a spinning top.
But by the time Suda dove on it at 19:13, the
officials ruled it a goal.
I was hoping that wed be able to
get back up after the Meyers game, and we did. They came ready to
play, Nanticoke coach Mark Matusek said.
Grabinski scored again at 9:27, but the 2-1
lead that stuck at halftime disappeared when Hadvance headed a ball
in at 29:53 in the second period. But what might have fired up the
Grenadiers turned out a first-period repeat.
We came out, got a goal, [and] seemed
like we played defense from that point on, Carlo said. We
didnt execute with what it took to win.
The Trojans, on the other hand, did. Matusek
wanted his team to control the midfield to prevent Tandoh from touching
the ball too many times.
In allowing him and the rest of the Grenadiers
just nine shots, they did. Nanticokes seniors came out wanting
to polish off their day, and did so by scoring all four goals.
And then theres Olzinski
who, like the rest of his teammates, stuck
to his guns and came away a victor.
I knew I wouldnt make the same
mistake twice, Olzinski said.
10/22/2006 Citizens Voice Article about GNA Soccer
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10/4/2006 Strong defense leads
Trojans over Eagles
Return of injured Zmijewski helps Nanticoke to its fifth shutout of
the season. By firstname.lastname@example.org
Defense has been Nanticoke Areas strength
Entering Tuesdays Wyoming Valley Conference
Division II game with Seton Catholic, the Trojans had four shutouts
to its credit, while only allowing seven goals.
The Trojans held the Eagles to just three shots
on goal in the first half en route to a dominating defensive performance
to pick up a 4-0 win at Albert West Park.
The Nanticoke defense was led by Jason Zmijewski,
who helped keep Seton out of Nanticoke territory. In his last game
on Sept. 27, the sophomore was in a head-on-head collision with a
GAR forward and received stitches to close a laceration on his forehead.
The stitches were removed earlier in the week and he was glad to be
playing on Tuesday.
It feels good to be playing now,
the defender said. I get little headaches but thats it .
Dan Olzinski and Robert Bertoni help me out and we just stay back
unless we need to attack and it worked out for us (Tuesday).
While the Trojan defense has been unstoppable
lately, the offense has struggled by only scoring one goal in its
last three games. But time after time, Nanticoke (7-2) beat the Eagles
to the ball. Kris Moran scored the games first two goals. The
first one was only three minutes into the contest. The second one
was scored with less than three minutes left in the first half off
an assist from Keith Moran. Matt Kruczek scored a pair of second half
goals. All four goals were scored inside the 18-yard line.
I didnt know what to expect because
our offense only scored one goal in the last three games and we had
to figure things out, Nanticoke coach Mark Matusek said. I
was hoping to get Kris involved and when Matt scored, he just picked
up balls by the net. You have to do that around the goal area.
The Eagles (4-5) had a few opportunities but
couldnt capitalize. Midway through the first half, the teams
leading scorer, Matt Wisniewski (11 goals), headed a shot but missed
the net inches to the left.
We played very well in the first half
and if we put in the chances that we did have, it would have been
a closer game, Seton coach Douglas Lazecki said. But Nanticoke
is a well-coached team. They really move the ball well and their guys
in the middle on defense are tough and really shut our guys down.
The Eagles still have a shot to make the District
2 Class A tournament. If they dont, however, the team will only
lose two seniors to graduation as the program seems to be headed in
the right direction.
9/18/2006 Trojans off to strong start
BY JILL SNOWDON - STAFF WRITER
A year ago Nanticoke Areas soccer team was
sitting at the bottom of the soccer standings holding the rest of
Division II up. The Trojans had a miserable season, going without
a win, while posting 16 losses. They were the only winless team in
the Wyoming Valley Conference.
The Trojans have had made quite a turnaround
this year. Nanticoke is now at the top of the Division II standings
with a 3-0 record. In three league games, the Trojans have outscored
their opponents, 17-2, and they have a number of players to call upon
to hit the back of the net.
There is still plenty of season remaining,
but the Trojans should be well over the sting of losing day after
9/13/2006 GNA rolls on in boys soccer
Ryan Grabinski scored his Wyoming Valley Conference
Division II-leading sixth and seventh goals as Greater Nanticoke Area
remained undefeated by knocking off Berwick 6-0 on Tuesday in boys
Kris Moran also scored a pair of goals and added
an assist for the Trojans, who didnt win a game in 2005 but
have outscored their opponents 17-1 in three games this year.
Travis Rothrock made 18 saves for the Dawgs, while
Nanticoke goalie John Albanese stopped six shots.
Trojan Boys Soccer Outlook Nanticoke Area (2A)
Coach: Mark Matusek, 18th season
Home Field: High School or West Side Park (West
Grand Street, Nanticoke)
2005 Record: 0-16-0
Key Players: John Albanese, Jr. GK; Zack Martin,
Sr., MF; Danny Olzinski, Sr., D; Josh Olzinski, So., MF; Ryan Grabinski,
Sr., D; Kris Moran, Sr., MF; Matt Kruczek, Sr., D; Robert Bertoni
So., D; Jason Zmijewski, So., D; Mack Martin, So., MF; Joey Zwiebel,
Fr., D; Joey Zannetti, So., D
Coachs Comments: If we make better decisions
and get better ball positioning, we will be better. We have a lot of
experience, and hopefully we can come together as a team.