Times Leader selects Soccer All-Stars
From Times Leader 12/25/2008
Sr., Defense, Nanticoke
The defender didnt help the Trojans to the division title on offense
as he didnt score any points this season, but he was one of the
top defenders in Division II. The champions allowed only 24 goals with
a first-year keeper largely due to the play of Bertoni, a four-year
Sr., Forward, Nanticoke
The Trojans claimed their first division championship since 2002 as
Olzinski led the way with 18 goals, five assists and 41 points.
Citizens' Voice selects Soccer All-Stars
From Citizens' Voice 11/2/2008
Selected by the coaches to the first team WVC Division II Soccer Conference
was Robert Bertoni, Josh Olzinski, Mack Martin and Jason Zmiewski.
Selected to the second team was Joey Zwiebel and Keith Moran.
Nanticoke ousted by Valley View
WVC Division II champion Trojans have season end with 3-0 loss to
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Entering Thursdays District 2 Class 2A quarterfinal
match, Nanticoke was on an emotional high after clinching the Wyoming
Valley Conference Division II title just 48 hours before kickoff.
The Trojans carried that momentum into the
contest against Valley View, but lost it after two quick second-half
goals by the Cougars, who went on to a 3-0 victory.
Valley View will play Coughlin in the semifinals
on Tuesday and a site and time to be determined.
Nanticoke will lose a slew of players for next
year, but one key cog returning is Yalch, a sophomore who made eight
saves on Thursday.
The one thing with Mike is when he gives
up a goal or something doesnt go right, he comes right back,
Matusek added. He doesnt hang his head. He recovers well
from that and he did that again tonight.
Nanticoke 0 0 0
Valley View 1 2 3
First half: 1. VV, Jeff Werts (unassisted)
Second half: 1. VV, Mark Mileski (Ryan Tomaine)
29:12; 2. VV, Werts (Brandon Jackson) 27:48
Shots: NAN 12, VV 16; Saves: NAN 8 (Mike Yalch),
VV 8 (Josh Roberts); Corners: NAN 7, VV 8.
Trojans - Road to the playoffs
Coach: Mark Matusek, 20th season
First Opponent: The Trojans, who got the third seed from the
WVC, will travel to Valley View (11-1), the No. 2 seed from the Lackawanna
League for a 6 p.m. match today.
Key Players: Josh Olzinski, F (18G, 5A, 41P), Keith Moran,
MF (12G, 3A, 27P); Josh Lukaszewski, F (6G, 1A, 13P); Robert Bertoni,
D; Mike Yalch, GK
The Skinny: The Trojans are on a roll.
After losing their second game of the season, 2-1 to Meyers, they
have gone 14 games without losing to claim the Division II championship.
The last time they won a division championship, they advanced to the
In the district tournament last year, Nanticoke
held a 2-0 lead over Scranton Prep late in a quarterfinal game before
losing a heartbreaker 3-2 to the eventual district runner-up.
Berwick pulled off the biggest upset of the soccer season on Monday
shutting out Lake-Lehman 2-0.
The loss for the Black Knights (13-2-1) gave
Nanticoke (13-1-2) the Wyoming Valley Conference Division II championship.
Both teams will begin play in the District 2 Class 2A tournament later
in the week.
It marks just the third division title in school
history for the Trojans. Their last championship was the D-II title
in 2002. That year, Nanticoke claimed the title in a playoff game
against Crestwood en route to a district championship.
On Monday, the Trojans found out the news at practice after a player’s
parent relayed the message.
“I’m happy about it but I’m shocked too,”
Nanticoke coach Mark Matusek said. “I give Berwick a lot of
credit. They went out there and played hard.
“It’s a different feeling when someone else controls what
you do, but my kids never stopped playing and went out there and played
hard every day.”
Shane Kitzmiller scored both goals for Berwick (8-8), while Corey
Klinger and Dennis Zielinski were credited with assists.
The win for the Bulldogs also
clinched a season with a non-losing record for the first time in nearly
WAY TA GO BERWICK!!!
Nanticoke 4, Berwick 2
Josh Olzinski scored twice while Mack Martin and
Kyle Capie each added a goal and an assist to keep the Trojans alive
for the Division II title.
Mike Henger and Corey Klinger each scored for the Bulldogs, who got
10 saves from Randall Jones.
Nanticoke finished the regular
season at 13-1-2.
Berwick 2 0 2
Nanticoke 4 0 4
First half: 1. NAN, Josh Olzinski (Mack Martin),
37:10; 2. NAN, Martin, 33:32; 3. BER, Mike Henger (penalty kick),
26:38; 4. NAN, Olzinski (Kyle Capie), 21:09; 5. NAN, Capie (Josh Lukaszewski),
20:01; 6. BER, Corey Klinger, 15:47.
Shots: BER 7, NAN 23; Saves: BER 10 (Randall
Jones), NAN 1 (Mike Yalch); Corners: BER 2, NAN 9.
Nanticoke rally puts
Trojans in postseason
Trailing late in a crucial game against Pittston
Area, Nanticoke coach Mark Matusek was looking for a spark to light
up his offense.
The longtime coach made a substitution, sending
senior Kyle Capie into the game to play on the outside.
Matuseks strategy worked to perfection.
The Trojans scored two goals in the final 19:30
of Wednesdays contest with Capie on the field to defeat the
Patriots 3-2 and secure a District 2 Class
2A playoff berth.
Kyle Capie usually stirs things up, and
I said, Kyle, stir something up, Matusek said. Hes
like a little sparkplug. It was now or never. We had to do something,
and he kind of sparked us and we started to attack better.
The jumpstart immediately paid off, as Capie
was in the game for less than a minute when Josh Olzinski tied the
score at 2-2 on an unassisted goal with 19:30 left on the clock.
Then with the clock winding down, Josh Lukaszewski
won it for the Trojans off a pass from Keith Moran with 2:24 remaining.
The goal was Lukaszewskis second of the game.
I knew I had to step it up at the end,
and the assist from Keith Moran helped, said Lukaszewski, who
missed a month of the season due to a hamstring injury. We played
well as a team and kept (the ball) on the ground and thats all
With the loss in the Wyoming Valley Conference
Division II showdown, the Patriots (11-4) are mathematically eliminated
from the postseason. They are now three games behind Nanticoke (12-1-2)
in the loss column with just one match remaining on the schedule for
Every other year, the WVC has a play-in game
for the final D2 2A playoff spot between the Class 2A team with the
fourth-best record in Division I and the team with the second-best
2A record in D-II. But before the season started, coaches voted to
automatically take three teams from Division I and two from Division
The only game that could decide that last seed
would be between D-I teams Crestwood and Holy Redeemer, which currently
are separated by one game in the standings and are battling for the
Our goal at the beginning of the year
was win the division and do something at districts, Matusek
said. Theres a lot of tough teams at districts, but you
never know what could happen.
After Nanticoke took a 1-0 lead at the 31:02
mark of the first half on Lukaszewskis first tally, the Patriots
scored consecutive goals to take a 2-1 lead.
The tying goal came off the foot of Nick Webb
with 19:36 left in the first half. Mark Dantone was credited with
the assist. Dantone kept the ball alive near the Nanticoke goal, knocking
it up in the air before Webb shot it into the back of the net.
Pietro Colella gave the Patriots a 2-1 lead
with 33:09 remaining in the match on an unassisted tally. But the
Trojans ruined any chances of a Pittston Area win a few minutes later.
It was disappointing, but I thought the
kids played well, Patriots assistant coach Kevin Baumes said.
We had some kids that were hurting for us, but they stepped
Pittston Area, which will finish up a tough
week of matches against postseason teams on Friday, can now help Nanticokes
chances for a division championship by beating or tying division leader
Lake-Lehman (13-1-1) in its last game of the regular season on senior
The Patriots defeated Meyers on Monday. The
Mohawks (9-5-1) have secured a District 2 Class A playoff berth.
Nanticoke 1 2 3
Pittston Area 1 1 1
First half: 1. NAN, Josh Lukaszewski (Josh
Olzinski) 31:02; 2. PA, Nick Webb (Mark Dantone) 19:36. Second half:
1. PA, Pietro Colella 33:09; 2. NAN, Olzinski 19:30; 3. NAN, Lukaszewski
(Keith Moran) 2:24
Shots: NAN 16, PA 12; Saves: NAN 3 (Mike Yalch),
PA 9 (Brian Werts); Corners: NAN 8, PA 1.
Nanticoke 2, Hanover Area 1
Josh Lukaszewski and Josh Olzinski each scored in
the first half as Nanticoke (11-1-2) remained a half game behind Lake-Lehman
(11-1-1) for the division lead.
Matt Lukachinsky tied Austin Bogart with his
team-leading 15th goal for the Hawkeyes, who fell to 7-7.
Nanticoke 2 0 2
Hanover Area 0 1 1
First half: 1. NAN, Josh Lukaszewski 33:15;
2. NAN, Josh Olzinski 27:22
Second half: 1. HAN, Matt Lukachinsky 29:02;
Shots: NAN 44, HAN 20; Saves: NAN 19 (Mike
Yalch), HAN 31 (Dan Tomko); Corners: NAN 4, HAN 1.
Nanticoke 6, MMI 1
Josh Lukaszewski and Keith Moran scored two goals
each for the Trojans, while Mack Martin and Josh Olzinski also helped
the winners improve to 10-1-2.
Olzinski and Will Grabinski each notched two
Niklas Anthony scored off a pass from Lewis
Bevans for the Preppers (0-14).
MMI 0 1 1
Nanticoke 5 1 6
First half: 1. NAN, Josh Olzinski (Kyle Capie)
36:18; 2. NAN, Mack Martin (Will Grabinski) 28:37; 3. NAN, Keith Moran
(Grabinski) 26:06; 4. NAN, Josh Lukaszewski (Martin) 9:25; 5. NAN,
Moran (Olzinski) 8:02; Second half: 1. MMI, Niklas Anthony (Lewis
Bevans) 17:14; 2 NAN, Lukaszewski (Olzinski) 15:40
Shots: MMI 4, NAN 24; Saves: MMI 10 (Robert
Daugherty), NAN 3 (Mike Yalch); Corners: MMI 0, NAN 2.
Nanticoke 2, GAR 0
Josh Lukaszewski and Keith Moran each scored unassisted
goals as the Trojans improved to 9-1-2.
Grenadiers keeper Rich Williams made 16 saves.
Nanticoke 1 1 2
GAR 0 0 0
First half: 1. NAN, Josh Lukaszewski 11:51;
Second half: 1. NAN, Keith Moran 10:23.
Shots: NAN 20, GAR 8; Saves: NAN 2 (Mike Yalch),
GAR 16 (Rich Williams); Corners: NAN 5, GAR 3
Lake-Lehman 1 - Nanticoke Area 1, 2OT
At Lake-Lehman, the Black Knights and Nanticoke
Area each scored in the first half, but neither team could capitalize
in the second half or two overtimes and had to settle for a 1-1 tie.
Jimmy Dalkiewicz scored for Lehman off a pass from Casey Dawes. Kyle
Capie had an unassisted goal for Nanticoke.
Tie vs. Nanticoke deals blow to Meyers
Mohawks are a game down in the loss column to Trojans, Black Knights.
It might still be September, but dont tell
that to Nanticoke and Meyers.
The two teams battled on Monday in a Wyoming
Valley Conference Division II epic soccer match like it was November
and they were playing in the postseason.
The fans were fired up.
The play was intense.
The weather was getting chilly.
There was even a bizarre play that could have
decided the outcome.
The only thing missing was a penalty kick shootout
to decide the winner.
Instead, the teams settled for a 3-3 tie after
100 minutes of play. With the tie, Meyers chance of three-peating
as division champion took a hit. The Mohawks (6-2-1) are currently
one game behind the Trojans (8-1-1) and Lake-Lehman (8-1-0) in the
loss column. Meyers plays at Lake-Lehman on Wednesday, while the Trojans
travel to Lehman Township for a showdown on Friday.
It was a very evenly-matched game all
the way around, said Nanticoke coach Mark Matusek. Both
teams played hard. Both teams played to win. It was a physical game
for both teams. It was a tough game all the way around.
One of the biggest plays of the game came with
6:41 remaining in the second overtime when one of numerous pushing
calls were made.
Meyers Jon Montalvo was called for the
foul near the Nanticoke goal. An official blew the whistle, but it
wasnt heard by everyone at Gibby Field.
Nanticoke stopped playing, but the Mohawks
kept going and found the back of the net and thought they had the
A few seconds later, the goal was waived off
and the Trojans were awarded possession.
I didnt hear a whistle. I did see
Montalvo mixing it up a little bit after the ball left, but I thought
they were both mixing it up, Meyers coach Jack Nolan said. But
Im not going to blame the game on referees. We had opportunities
and Nanticoke had opportunities. They make calls against them and
make calls against us.
Nanticoke got on the board first when Mack
Martin took a corner and got it to Jason Zmijewski, who headed the
ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead with 35:35 in the first
The Mohawks retaliated about five minutes later
when Montalvo fed a pass to Jeff Frail, who tied the score at 1. Meyers
took a 2-1 lead with 10:48 left in the first when Montalvo beat three
defenders to slot the ball in the corner of the net off a pass from
At halftime, Matusek switched from a 5-4-2
to a 3-4-3 and it paid huge dividends for his team.
The Trojans outshot Meyers 10-5 in the second
half and controlled the ball for most of the period. If not for the
solid play of Meyers sweeper Steve Knooren and other defenders Chris
McGavin and Ryan Naperkowski, the Trojans might have scored six or
Knooren is a senior and he has just been
phenomenal for us all year, Nolan added. We have a sophomore
keeper (John Nargoski) and this is his first year playing for us.
To have that experience playing in front of him has been tremendous.
Nanticoke scored twice in a six-minute span
to take a 3-2 lead in the second half. The first score came off the
foot of Keith Moran unassisted at the 18:14 mark. The final Trojans
goal was with 12:20 remaining in the half off another corner kick.
This time, Will Grabinski lined it in front of the net. After a melee,
Joey Zannetti was awarded with a goal.
It was two different halves, Matusek
noted. The first half, they controlled the momentum and were
the more aggressive team and in the second half. We came back and
played better and it shows.
Ngolo got the equalizer with 5:23 remaining
in the second half off a pass from Montalvo.
(Winning) the division is nice. It would
be nice to continue that, Nolan noted. Were just
going to do some scoreboard watching and hope somebody can help us
out. If not, we will go into districts and try to win a district title.
Nanticoke 1 2 0 0 3
Meyers 2 1 0 0 3
First half: 1. NAN, Jason Zmijewski (Mack Martin);
2. MEY, Jeff Frail (Jon Montalvo) 30:00; 3. MEY, Montalvo (Felix Ngolo)
10:48. Second half: 1. NAN, Keith Moran 18:14; 2. NAN, Joey Zannetti
(Will Grabinski) 12:20; 3. MEY, Ngolo (Montalvo) 5:23.
Shots: NAN 22, MEY 9; Saves: NAN 2 (Mike Yalch),
MEY 9 (John Nargoski); Corners: NAN 2, MEY 4.
GNA downs MMI in soccer
Nanticoke Area avoided an upset in boys soccer to
MMI by scoring three consecutive goals in the second half en route
to a 6-4 win on Saturday after trailing 4-3.
Joey Zannetti, Keith Moran and Kyle Capie scored
the second-half tallies for Nanticoke.
Capie also had a goal in the first half, as
did Jason Zmijewski and Josh Olzinski.
Leonid Moroz paced the Preppers with two goals,
while Michael McGraw, Alexander VanHoekelen also scored.
Nanticoke 3 3 6
MMI 3 1 4
First half: 1. NAN, Jason Zmijewski (Keith
Moran) 28:24; 2. MMI, Leonid Moroz (Joe Hornak) 21:48; 3. NAN, Josh
Olzinski 19:20; 4. NAN, Kyle Capie (Moran) 15:43; 5. MMI, Michael
McGraw (Ryan Scirrotto) 13:17; 6. MMI, Alexander VanHoekelen (penalty
kick) 2:39; Second half: 1. MMI, Moroz (Niklas Anthony) 23:47; 2.
NAN, Joey Zannetti 22:37; 3. Keith Moran (Will Grabinski) 20:33; 4.
NAN, Capie 21:53
Shots: NAN 11, MMI 10; Saves: NAN 9 (Mike Yalch),
MMI 11 (Robert Dougherty); Corners: NAN 7, MMI 2.
Switch pays off for Trojans
Trojans 3 - Wyoming Area 2
Trailing by a goal at halftime, Nanticoke
switched to a 3-4-3 look midway through the second half. The strategy
paid off as the Trojans scored twice to beat Wyoming Area 3-2 on Wednesday
in a Wyoming Valley Conference boys soccer game.
Keith Moran scored off a cross from Kyle Capie
with 13:25 remaining to keep the Trojans (7-1) in a first-place tie
with Lake-Lehman in Division II.
Josh Olzinski had the other two scores for
Nanticoke, including the equalizer at 15:57 of the second half.
Ian Scrobola and Chris Scatena had the goals
for Wyoming Area (3-6).
Wyoming Area 2 0 — 2
Nanticoke 1 2 — 3
First half: 1. WA, Ian Scrobola (Chris Scatena),
34:12; 2. NAN, Josh Olzinski, 32:56; 3. WA, Scatena, 16:32. Second
half: 4. NAN, Olzinski (Will Grabinski), 15:57; 5. NAN, Keith Moran
(Kyle Capie), 13:25.
Shots: WA 4, NAN 20; Saves: WA 10 (Michael
Romanoski), NAN 2 (Mike Yalch); Corners: WA 1, NAN 5
Nanticoke 3, Berwick 0
Keith Moran and Josh Olzinski scored first-half goals
as the Trojans raced out to a 2-0 lead and didnt look back.
Joey Zannetti also scored for Nanticoke, which
improved to 6-1.
For Berwick (4-3), Randall Jones stopped 15
Nanticoke 2 1 3
Berwick 0 0 0
First half: 1. NAN, Keith Moran 5:34; 2. NAN,
Josh Olzinski 7:49
Second half: 1. NAN, Joey Zannetti 24:22
Shots: NAN 23, BER 9; Saves: NAN 5 (Mike Yalch),
BER 15 (Randall Jones); Corners: NAN 5, BER 3.
Nanticoke 5, Lakeland 0
Kyle Capie and Josh Olzinski each scored twice to
lead the Trojans in the exhibition game. Keith Moran also found the
back of the net for Nanticoke.
Lakeland has a 3-3 record playing in Lackawanna
League Division III.
Lakeland 0 0 0
Nanticoke 2 3 5
First half: 1. NAN, Josh Olzinski (Kyle Capie)
35:00; 2. NAN, Capie 32:17; Second half: 1. NAN, Capie 37:15; 2. NAN,
Olzinski (Mack Martin) 33:04; 3. NAN, Keith Moran (John Mavus) 14:21;
Shots: LAK 7, NAN 26; Saves: LAK 13 (Justin Kubilas), NAN 3 (Mike
Yalch, Tony Baranoski); Corners: LAK 2, NAN 5.
Nanticoke Area 2, Pittston Area 1 2OT
At Nanticoke Area, MAck Martin scored on a penalty pick with 4:55
left in the second overtime to lift the Trojans to a win over Pittston
Area. Martin also scored in the first half off a pass from Josh Olzinski.
Jake Shane tied it up for Pittston when he scored an unassisted goal
in the second half.
Mike Yalch had five saves in the goal for Nanticoke and Brian Werts
postd 12 in the net for Pittston.
Pittston Area 0 1 0 0 1
Nanticoke 1 0 0 1 2 First half: 1. NAN, Mack Martin (Josh Olzinski),
26:03. Second half: 2. PA, Jake Shane, 24:24. Second overtime: Mack
Martin (penalty kick), 4:55.
Shots: PA 6, NAN 18; Saves: PA 12 (Brian Werts), NAN 5 (Mike Yalch);
Corners: PA 1, NAN 3.
9/17/2008 - Citizens' Voice
Nanticoke Area 7,
Hanover Area 1
At Nanticoke, Joe Zannetti scored a natural hat trick
in the first half to highlight the Trojans win. Will Grabinski
had two assists. Josh Olzinski scored two goals and assisted another
and Kyle Capie added a goal and an assist.
Nanticoke 9, GAR 1
Keith Moran scored four first-half goals for the
Trojans, who cruised to the win.
Maurizio Illiano had the lone score for GAR.
GAR 0 1 1
Nanticoke 8 1 9
First half: 1. NAN, Will Grabinski, 31:24;
2. NAN, Keith Moran (Joe Zannetti), 21:14; 3. NAN, Moran (Grabinski),
19:13; 4. NAN, own goal, 18:59; 5. NAN, Moran (Mack Martin), 15:10;
6. NAN, Josh Olzinski (Martin), 13:52; 7. NAN, Moran (Kyle Capie),
13:32; 8. NAN, Zannetti, 12:00. Second half: 9. GAR, Maurizio Illiano,
10:34; 10. NAN, John Mavus (Alex Pawlush), 4:27.
Shots: GAR 8, NAN 22; Saves: GAR 11, NAN 6
(Mike Yalch, Mavus, Tony Baranowski); Corners: GAR 1, NAN 3.
Nanticoke 6, Lake-Lehman
Josh Olzinski broke out for three goals to lead the Trojans in the
Jimmy Dalkiewicz scored two of Lehman’s
three goals, while Danny Precone had a goal and assist.
Joe Zannetti chipped in two goals and two assists
for Nanticoke, and Will Grabinski had a goal and assist.
Lake-Lehman 1 2 — 3
Nanticoke 4 2 — 6
First half: 1. NAN, Josh Olzinski (Joe Zannetti)
33:05; 2. LL, Jimmy Dalkiewicz (Danny Precone) 18:40; 3. NAN, Zannetti
(Will Grabinski) 15:54; 4. NAN, Olzinski (Zannetti) 14:03; NAN, Zannetti
(Cody Bukowski) 8:00
Second half: 1. LL, Dalkiewicz 29:12; 2. NAN,
Olzinski 23:12; 3. LL, Precone 12:41; 4. NAN, Will Grabinski 1:30
Shots: LL 8, NAN 15; Saves: LL 4 (John Butchko),
NAN xx (Mike Yalch 4, Tony Baranowski 2); Corners: LL 2, NAN 5.
have Nanticoke solved
Jon Montalvo keys a Meyers’ rally to beat the Trojans for a
fifth straight time.
It’s official. Meyers has Nanticoke’s number.
Since the Trojans moved to Wyoming Valley Conference
Division II in 2006, the Mohawks have won five straight matches against
their foe, including Wednesday’s 2-1 come-from-behind victory.
The Mohawks, who were outplayed on all fronts
in the first 30 minutes of the match, turned the tables in the final
50 to open the season with their 21st straight win in the division.
It’s been nearly two years since their last WVC Division II setback,
3-2 to GAR on Sept. 19, 2006.
“This win controls our destiny now,”
said Meyers senior Jon Montalvo, who had the game-winning goal with
3:31 left in the second half. “We still have a lot of work to
do and we know the second half of the season (Nanticoke) is going to
be coming hard after us. But we’re just going to do what we have
Montalvo’s victory-clinching tally came
off a cross from junior Ron Missal, as he headed it past Nanticoke keeper
Mike Yalch. And even though the Mohawks (1-0) were outshot in the contest
16-6, the offense came through in the end.
“I got a good cross and got a good head
on it and it went in,” Montalvo said. “I couldn’t
ask for anything else.”
Nanticoke (1-1), which was the preseason favorite
to snap Meyers’ reign as two-time division champion with its 10
returning starters, had several scoring chances but couldn’t finish.
The Trojans held an 11-2 advantage in shots at halftime and controlled
the ball feverishly, not allowing Meyers to put a solid rush together.
But in the second half, the team seemed to fall
apart, despite having five corner kicks and a number of free kicks and
“We attacked well in the beginning and
then we didn’t attack much in the second half,” said Nanticoke
coach Mark Matusek. “I don’t know what happened. I can’t
put my finger on it.
“It’s frustrating right now. If we
don’t change the way we’re playing, we will not be at the
top of this division. You can have all the players back in the world,
but if they don’t do it on the field…”
The Trojans took a 1-0 lead at the 15:47 mark
in the first half as Keith Moran received a pass from Will Grabinski
on the right side of the net and headed it past Mohawk keeper John Nargoski.
Meyers got the equalizer seven minutes later
when Montalvo took his team’s first shot of the match but Yalch
made the save. After the rebound ricocheted off the keeper and he slipped,
Joe DiMaggio punched the ball into the right corner of the net to tie
it with 8:07 left in the half.
“The lucky goal, if you want to call it
a lucky goal in the first half, that helped us get a little more confidence,”
Meyers coach Jack Nolan said. “That’s a darn good team and
we’re lucky to get the heck out of here.”
Nanticoke senior forward Josh Olzinski, who had
three goals in his first game of the season, started by grabbing his
team’s first three shots on goal. But he didn’t muster anything
after that as the Mohawks did a stellar job of marking the scorer.
The teams will meet again on Sept. 29 at Gibby
Field in Wilkes-Barre.
Trojan Soccer Outlook
Coach: Mark Matusek, 20th season - (2A)
Home Field: High School or West
Side Park (West Grand Street, Nanticoke)
007 Record: 11-2-1
Key Players Lost: John Albanese
Key Players: Josh Olzinski, Sr.,
F; Robert Bertoni Sr., D/MF; Jason Zmijewski, Sr., D; Mack Martin, Sr.,
MF; Joey Zwiebel, Jr., D; Joey Zannetti, Sr., MF/F; Josh Lukaszewski,
Jr., F; Will Grabinski, Sr., MF; Mike Yalch, So., GK; Keith Moran, Sr.,
MF; Ian Bukowski, Sr., MF; Dustin Robaczewski, Jr., D; Alex Pawlush,
Coachs Comments: On paper, we have
all those guys back, but none of the keepers got any time on the field
last year. If we dont win the division, I will be really disappointed.
Our goal is to win the division, get into districts, and go as far as
we can go.
Nanticoke: Noted by several coaches as the team to
beat in the division because they only lost one senior from last years
team that had District 2 Class 2A runner-up Scranton Prep on the ropes
for 73 minutes before many things went wrong. Imagine the possibilities
with all those players returning.
Every team is on equal
footing as Wyoming Valley Conference season begins.
By Dave Rosengrant email@example.com
One thing is certain about the Wyoming Valley
Conference this season: Every team is intimidating in some way and there
won’t be any pushovers.
All 17 teams are ready for the season to start
and have realistic postseason aspirations. That’s something that
hasn’t been seen in quite some time in the WVC.
Even teams that struggled last year have reloaded
and are optimistic.
“Hanover has good numbers out this year
and has some talent and Pittston and Berwick, came on strong late last
year,” said Meyers coach Jack Nolan, whose team competes in Division
II. “I think the division is going to be more competitive than
in the past.”
In Division I, the winner might be the team that
gets hot at the end and that could come down to the teams with new coaches
once the teams get in a rhythm with the new head man.
Tunkhannock and Holy Redeemer have new coaches
in Scott Benedict and Sal Leggio, respectively. Both teams had just
two wins last year.
“I expect Tunkhannock soccer records to
return to where it was in the past with 10, 11, 12 wins,” Benedict
said. “We have new goals, and a new mentality.”
With that kind of attitude, how can any team
be counted out?
Top 3 Teams Division
Lake-Lehman: The Black Knights are noted as one of the top teams in
the division after reaching the District 2 Class 2A tournament last
year and nearly upsetting Dallas in the tournament. The team lost a
few key factors but still have enough to make a run.
Meyers: Losing seven starters from last year’s team, the Mohawks
might be down a little, but don’t count out Jack Nolan and his
bunch. Afterall, the Mohawks have reeled off two consecutive division
championships and won 23 out of their last 24 matches in division play.
Nanticoke: Noted by several coaches as
the team to beat in the division because they only lost one senior from
last year’s team that had District 2 Class 2A runner-up Scranton
Prep on the ropes for 73 minutes before many things went wrong. Imagine
the possibilities with all those players returning.
Honorable mentions: Berwick, GAR, Hanover Area,
MMI, Pittston Area, Wyoming Area.
Top 5 Players
This list could arguably include more than five players and several
from each of the top teams. To be fair, only one offensive player from
each team is named.
Joseph Schmid, Wyoming Valley West: Now a junior,
he has been receiving rave reviews for the last three years and has
not disappointed. In his first two years for the Spartans, he has sparkled
with grit and passion collecting 29 goals and 37 assists in that span.
Kevin Pierce, Dallas: A senior, Pierce has been
near the top of the WVC Division I goal scorers list the last two years.
Last year he tallied 18 goals, while in 2006 he notched 16.
Kevan Nagle, Coughlin: It seems like just yesterday
that Nagle was being compared to former WVC soccer greats as a freshman.
Now, a senior, he transferred from Wyoming Seminary and should reap
the benefits of a strong supporting cast. In three years with the Blue
Knights, he had 28 goals and 12 assists.
Jon Montalvo, Meyers: No doubt that he has been
one of the catalysts for the Mohawks the past two seasons. Now entering
his senior year and coming off a WVC D-II scoring title with 19 goals
and six assists, he can help the Mohawks claim another division title.
Josh Olzinski, Nanticoke: The leader
of the Trojans team, he is entering his fourth year as a starter and
put up strong numbers in the previous three totaling 17 goals and 18
assists on a team that relied heavily on defense. Olzinski already has
three goals this season in one game.
Nanticoke 3, Wyoming
The Trojans got a hat trick – all unassisted and in the second
half – from senior Josh Olzinski to open their season with a win
Mike Yalch was solid in goal for Nanticoke stopping
all three Warrior shots.
Nanticoke 0 3 — 3
Wyoming Area 0 0 — 0
Second half: 1. NAN, Josh Olzinski 19:35; 2.
NAN, Olzinski 22:37; 3. NAN, Olzinski 30:00; Shots: NAN 18, WA 3; Saves:
NAN 3 (Mike Yalch), WA 14 (n/a); Corners: NAN 2, WA 1.