12/18/2013
Boys Soccer All Stars
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Ed Lukowski
Sophomore
Helping the Trojans to their first division title since 2008, Lukowski missed the beginning of the season with an injury but still managed to lead Division III and tie for the most points in the WVC with 57 consisting of 24 goals and nine assists. This coming off a solid freshman campaign as he concludes his first two seasons with 40 goals, 18 assists and 98 points.

2nd Team
Wiston Godoy, Nanticoke

11/25/2013
Boys Soccer All-Stars
Citizens Voice

ED LUKOWSKI
School: Nanticoke Area
Year: Sophomore
Position: Midfield
Lukowski bounced back from offseason knee surgery to lead Division 3 with 24 goals and tie Tunkhannock's Aidan Cronin for the most points (57) in the WVC. The Trojans, two seasons removed from a winless season, qualified for districts.

10/23/2013
5 WVC teams set for battle in AA bracket
District 2 Boys Soccer Playoff Preview

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In recent years, the majority of the Wyoming Valley Conference's top programs have settled in Class AA. Crestwood and Lake-Lehman are perennial contenders, Dallas is a regular season juggernaut, Coughlin has won two District 2 titles (one apiece in AAA and AA) over the past three years and Tunkhannock and Nanticoke Area represent the new blood.
Nanticoke's super sophomore Ed Lukowski topped Division 3 with 24 goals and will lead the No. 3 Trojans (12-3) against No. 6 Valley View.
Two seasons ago, Nanticoke sputtered to an 0-16 record, but Lukowski and a trusty goalkeeper in Carmelo Pioquinto have helped reverse the program's fortunes.

10/22/2013
Athlete of the Week
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Ed Lukowski
School: Nanticoke
Grade: Sophomore
Sport: Boys soccer
Position: Midfielder

All in the Family: Ed is the oldest child of Wendy and Ed Lukowski Sr. of Nanticoke. He has three sisters, named Amiah, Sophie - who both enjoy recreational soccer and basketball - and Scarlett.
Statistically speaking: Lukowski scored 10 goals and added two assists in three games last week - all victories - while leading Nanticoke to the Wyoming Valley Conference Division III regular season title and a No. 3 seeding for the upcoming District 2 Class 2A playoffs. His big week boosted his division-leading goal total to 24 on the season, and his 57 points shared the conference lead.
Shooting star: Lukowski had at least a hat trick in all three of Nanticoke’s wins last week as the Trojans clinched their first division title in five years. He started the run by scoring all three goals in a 3-0 win over Pittston Area that put Nanticoke a win away from the division crown. Then Lukowski torched MMI Prep during the Trojans’ final two regular season games against the same team, scoring three goals in the first battle and four more in the season finale.
Coach’s comment: “He’s a phenomenal player,” Nanticoke coach Mark Matusek said. “When he’s on the field, he’s a game-changer. He makes other players better. He’s an excellent defender, too. That (Pittston Area) victory was a huge game for us. He was definitely the biggest factor of anybody in that game (with all three goals). It doesn’t suprise me that he did that. He comes to play every game. When the opponent is stronger, he seems to play better.”
Did you know? It wasn’t that long ago when Lukowski, a straight-A student, wasn’t scoring at all. On July 11, he underwent surgery to repair a piece of cartilage that came loose from his knee, which Lukowski had been playing through for two years. “My mom just couldn’t deal with me complaining anymore,” said Lukowski, who was in a leg stabalizer following the surgery and not only missed playing for his summer travel team but was forced to sit out the first three games of this season recovering from the injury. He’s still trying to rehabilitate the knee with regular sessions at Pro Rehab in Hanover Twp.|
From his angle: “It was definitely a big win,” Lukowski said of the victory over Pittston Area which put Nanticoke on the brink of a division title. “The goals I scored on were challenging to score. The first two I ran all the way from midfield, the last one was a penalty kick.” He credited his teammates for started the surges, then said, “I just did what I do best and put the ball in the back of the net. It’s big for us. The last couple years, we’ve been struggling. It feels good for the seniors, they had an 0-15 season and then a 2-13 season. It’s good to get the No. 3 (district) seed, being we’re in Division III.”

10/22/2013
WVC coaches name boys all-star selections
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Division III First Team
Nanticoke: Ed Lukowski, midfielder; Wiston Godoy, midfielder; Pat Duda, defender; Carmelo Pioquinto, keeper
Division III Second Team
Nanticoke: Mike Mihneski, midfielder; Rees Roberts, forward; Ben Sersen, midfielder; Nik Placek, midfielder

10/20/2013
District 2 Boys Soccer Playoff Preview
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CLASS 2A
Favorite: Dallas

An upset pick: Tunkhannock wins two games to advance to the district final.
Bold Prediction: Ed Lukowski, from Nanticoke, records his fourth straight hat trick leading Nanticoke to a first round victory.
Championship Prediction: Dallas over Tunkhannock

Nanticoke Trojans
Coach: Mark Matusek
Record: 12-3-0

Last appearance: The Trojans haven't been in the playoffs since 2008 when they lost in the first round to Valley View.
Signature moment of 2013 season: Nanticoke, from Division III, has shown it can play with the top teams going 4-1 against teams from Division II.
Leading scorers: Ed Lukowski (24g, 9a, 57pts), Wiston Godoy (14g, 9a, 37pts), Rees Roberts (10g, 5a, 25pts), Carmelo Pioquinto (keeper)
The Skinny: It's been a long road back to get into the tournament once again for the Trojans, who have never won a district title. However, the Trojans are streaking having won eight in a row and tallying 48 goals in those eight matches en route to a Division III title.

10/15/2013
Trojans’ turnaround nearly complete
Nanticoke closes in on Division III title with win over PA.

drosengrant@timesleader.com

A few years ago, it seemed like a once very respectable Nanticoke boys soccer program would take forever to get out of the basement.
The Trojans were sitting at the bottom of Division III of the Wyoming Valley Conference for two straight seasons in 2010 and 2011, when they combined to win just two matches and allowed nearly 200 goals in 31 games.
The turnaround is just about complete.
After finishing one win away from claiming the division title in 2012, Nanticoke is one win from claiming the championship with two matches left after a very physical 3-2 win over Pittston Area on Monday night.
“It’s something that we all needed. This program wasn’t very good a couple years ago and these teams that we’re playing now were pounding up on us. It feels good to finally get them back and finally take a stand against them,” said Nanticoke sophomore midfielder Ed Lukowski, who recorded a hat trick in the victory. “It’s just what this school needed to get some confidence in the sport.”
Nanticoke (10-3) faces MMI Prep (1-12) twice for its last two games in the regular season. Just one win will secure the program’s first division championship since winning the D-II title in 2008, and a spot in the District 2 Class 2A Tournament. Wyoming Area’s 8-4-2 mark in D-III is second; the Warriors lone game left in the regular season is against Berwick.
Pittston Area, meanwhile drops to 6-8-1 in Division II with one game left on its schedule, but a berth in the District 2 Class 3A Tournament is already secured. The team closes out its regular season this afternoon with the conclusion of a suspended game with Hazleton Area.
On Monday night, the Patriots came out in charge and took a 1-0 lead on Jordan Consagra’s 15th goal of the season with 20:53 left in the first half.
But once that happened, a charge overcame the Trojans.
“They picked up their level of play,” Trojans coach Mark Matusek said. “They knew they had to get the goal back. They didn’t hang their heads. I’m really happy with the way they came back and played with all the intensity they had.”
They sure did get intense.
Lukowski scored a pair of goals later in the first half as Nanticoke’s offense pounded out nine shots on goal in the first half after Consagra’s tally.
Lukowski’s first score came with 17:39 on the clock in the first half when he broke through PA defenders and struck goal. His second came with 14:05 remaining when he got past the defense again then lured Patriots’ keeper Colin Tracy out of the net and beat him for the tally.
Midway through the second half, he nailed a penalty kick putting the Trojans ahead 3-1 with 23:05 left. It was Lukowski’s fourth game with two or more goals in a game this season after he missed the first two weeks with an injury; he now has a D-III-leading 17 goals.
Pittston Area’s Matt Tavaglione got the score to within one with 19:46 left, but Nanticoke’s defense held off the Patriots’ charge to secure the victory.
“Every time we play them it’s a very physical, tough game and it’s almost like a rivalry. It’s always a tough game,” Matusek noted. “This was a good win for us.”

9/22/2013
WVC Boys Soccer
Citizens Voice

In his return to the pitch from offseason knee surgery on Wednesday, Nanticoke Area super sophomore Ed Lukowski did what he does best: score goals. Lukowski converted on a penalty kick in the second overtime as the Trojans upset Wyoming Seminary, 2-1.
"He hasn't played soccer in 10 weeks," Nanticoke Area coach Mark Matusek said. "He's been working out at the gym with his conditioning, and he's been lifting light weights and stuff. The day before, he practiced for about a half-hour, so we didn't know how much we were going to use him."
Lukowski was supposed to play forward, but as he went to check in, defenseman Earl Manangan suffered an injury. Out of necessity, Lukowski moved to defense, but Matusek hopes to have him up top for Monday's game against Holy Redeemer.
Despite being out for nearly a month, Lukowski missed only two games. The Trojans had three games postponed and another halted in the first half because of lightning. While Lukowski will be healthy for the stretch run, Nanticoke Area will have an awfully busy schedule.
"The only problem is the rest of the season we have three games a week with only one day of rest in between," Matusek said.

Times Leader Soccer Preview

Around Division III
A legitimate case can be made for all six teams in the division to bring home the title this season.
Berwick is the reigning champ, and even though it's in a rebuilding year, shouldn't be counted out until officially eliminated. Hanover Area won the previous seasons and appears to be headed back to the right side of the .500 mark after winning just once last season.
That leaves Nanticoke as the favorite for finishing second in the division in 2012, five wins better than third-place Wyoming Area.
The Warriors are in position to pass Nanticoke in the standings though with nine returning starters from a year ago. With another year in a second-year coach's system, Wyoming Area looks poised for a run.
GAR, which has won just 12 combined games in the last three years, is off to a good start with a pair of wins already as they are halfway to the 2012 total, which includes a win over Berwick.
MMI Prep rounds out the division with the only new coach in the conference as Terry Jankouskas begins his first season as coach of the Preppers.

Returning players to keep an eye on
This list can be 187 players long with 11 from all 17 teams listed. That's a sign of the parity the league can hold in 2013.
So instead of naming all of them and taking up a whole newspaper page, it was limited to a fraction of that and just one from each team. They are:
Tommy Sebia, Coughlin, Sr.; Alex Buchholz, Crestwood, Sr.; Brandon Scharff, Dallas, Sr.; Caleb Ancharski, Hazleton Area (keeper); Austin Harry, Lake-Lehman, Sr.; Nick Singer, Wyoming Valley West; Tyler Kukosky, Holy Redeemer, Jr.; Cal Lisman, Meyers, Sr.; Jordan Consagra, Pittston Area, Sr.; Colton Brown, Tunkhannock, So.; Andrew Drewchin, Wyoming Seminary, Sr.; Josh Moran, Berwick, So.; Anthony Tlatenchi, GAR, Jr.; Matt Clemons, Hanover Area, Sr.; Elijah Dove, MMI Prep, Sr.; Ed Lukowski, Nanticoke, So.; Aaron Carter, Wyoming Area, Sr. (keeper)

Nanticoke (2A)
Coach: Mark Matusek, 25th season
Home Field: High School football stadium
2012 Record: 10-5

Key Players Lost: Andrew Blank, Adam Lutz, Tyler Robaczewski,

Key Players Returning (with 2012 stats): Mike Mihneski, Sr. (8g, 3a, 19pts) Rees Roberts (8g,4a 20pts) Wiston Godoy, Jr. (6g, 7a, 19pts)) Ed Lukowski, So. (16g, 9a, 41pts)

Outlook: It was a tremendous season for the Trojans last season. After going winless the season prior, Nanticoke gave Berwick a run at the division title. Some players graduated after the season, but with many still in the loop, Nanticoke should be right near the top once again.

8/30/2013
Boys Soccer Preview
Citizens Voice

Nanticoke Area
Class: AA
Coach: Mark Matusek

Last Year: 10-5

Top Players: Seniors - Mike Mihneski, mid; Pat Duda, def; Dave Stecco, fwd; Evan Saunders, def; Chris Oliver, fwd. Juniors - Wiston Godoy, mid; Rees Roberts, mid/fwd. Sophomores - Carmelo Pioquinto, GK; Ed Lukowski, mid; Ben Sersen, mid; Earl Manangan, def.

Matusek's outlook: "No matter what, we're still playing to win a division. We have quality players. We feel that we're strong in the midfield, and when Ed Lukowski comes back (from injury), we'll be really strong."