GNA Girls lose to Dallas in soccer playoffs
Dallas scored a pair of second half goals to post
a 2-0 victory over Nanticoke Area on Friday in the quarterfinals of
the District 2 Class 2A girls soccer playoffs at Lake-Lehman High
After a surprising scoreless first half, the top-seeded Mountaineers
finally broke through on an unassisted goal by Kelci Gibbons in the
53rd minute. Dallas increased the margin to 2-0 when Melissa Gorski
scored on an assist from Lyndsey Ellis in the 66th minute.
Dallas outshot Nanticoke 37-4, but the Trojans kept the match close
with a strong effort in net from Shannon Lushefski, who made 18 saves.
The Mounts advance to take on fourth-seeded Wyoming Seminary in the
semifinals at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Lake-Lehman High School. The game
will follow Coughlin and Bishop Hobans semifinal contest at
Nanticoke had won a play-in game against North Pocono on Wednesday
to claim the No. 8 seed.
DISTRICT 2 GIRLS SOCCER TOURNAMENT
way into District 2 soccer playoffs
Trojans have top-seeded Mountaineers waiting tomorrow.
The big prize Wednesday was a crack at the Wyoming Valley
Conference’s top girls soccer team. While not that appealing,
it certainly beat the alternative.
And Nanticoke is ready for that challenge,
especially after one of its better performances of the season.
Freshman Kate Nearhouse had two goals and an
assist as Nanticoke defeated North Pocono 5-0 in the District 2 Class
2A play-in game at Lake-Lehman High School.
Nanticoke (3-11-1) earned the eighth seed and
will play at top-seeded Dallas (12-0-3) at 4 p.m. tomorrow. North
Pocono ended its year at 4-10-1.
Dallas defeated Nanticoke twice during the
WVC Division A season – 5-0 on April 20 and 7-0 on May 1.
“The first time we played them, it was
2-0 at half and we let up a bad goal off a corner. It hit one of our
players in the back and it went in,” Nanticoke coach Rich Compton
said. “It wasn’t like they hammered on us. The score wasn’t
as indicative of how we played.
“The second time we went out a little
shellshocked. We had lost a couple games and didn’t have much
confidence. That’s the biggest thing. If we come out with our
heads straight, I think we’ll do really well.”
Compton knows the task Friday is extremely
difficult, but at least the Trojans can build on Wednesday’s
Nanticoke dominated most of the 80 minutes.
Kaitlin Bowalick gave Nanticoke a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute by scoring
off a corner kick and made a nice crossing pass in the 40th minute,
allowing Nearhouse to launch a 25-yarder just under the crossbar.
Nearhouse made it 3-0 early in the second half,
faking out a North Pocono defender and connecting on a liner from
about 15 yards away.
North Pocono didn’t show much continuity
on offense when Nearhouse scored for the second time; nor was there
“That kind of took the wind out of our
sails,” North Pocono coach Dave Davis said. “We had a
couple seniors playing in positions where our team needed them. At
that point, I let them go out and play where they wanted to play at
the beginning of the season. I wanted to send them off, hopefully,
with a little something.”
Nanticoke increased its lead to 4-0 when Gabrielle
Malishchak split two defenders in the penalty area and scored in the
55th minute. Brianna Borowski poked in a Nearhouse shot that was going
wide for the final goal with nine minutes left.
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2006 WVC Record/Finish: 10-2-0, 2nd Div.
State classification: 2A
Coach: Rich Compton
Goals for/against: 57/13
Home field: Football stadium
Players to watch: Seniors Amanda
Blank, FB; Jess Bono, MF; Kelly Kuzminski, MF; Amanda Shuelski, Maria
Snyder, FB; Juniors Brianna Borowski, MF: Kaitlyn Bowalick, MF;
Kerry Hall, FB; Shannon Lushefski, K; Amanda Madejewski, F; Sophomores
Gabby Malishchak, FB.
Outlook: Although Nanticoke has been successful
the past two seasons in Division B and has some solid returning players,
making a run at the division title doesnt appear likely. The Trojanettes
lost 72 percent of their scoring and have a few holes elsewhere that
will make breaking into the top half of the division difficult.