Boys Soccer All Stars
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.
Wiston Godoy, Nanticoke
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School: Nanticoke Area
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.
5 WVC teams set for battle in AA bracket
Boys Soccer Playoff Preview
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.
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.
Athlete of the Week
Sport: Boys soccer
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
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
Shooting star: Lukowski had at least a hat trick in
all three of Nanticokes 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.
Coachs comment: Hes a phenomenal
player, Nanticoke coach Mark Matusek said. When hes on the field,
hes a game-changer. He makes other players better. Hes 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 doesnt
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 wasnt
that long ago when Lukowski, a straight-A student, wasnt 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 couldnt 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. Hes 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. Its big for us. The last couple years, weve
been struggling. It feels good for the seniors, they had an 0-15 season and then
a 2-13 season. Its good to get the No. 3 (district) seed, being were
in Division III.
coaches name boys all-star selections
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
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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
appearance: The Trojans haven't been in the playoffs since 2008 when they
lost in the first round to Valley View.
Coach: Mark Matusek
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
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.
Trojans turnaround nearly complete
closes in on Division III title with win over PA.
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.
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.
Its something that we all needed.
This program wasnt very good a couple years ago and these teams that were
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. Its 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 programs first division championship since winning the D-II
title in 2008, and a spot in the District 2 Class 2A Tournament. Wyoming Areas
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 Consagras 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 didnt hang their heads. Im really happy with the way they came
back and played with all the intensity they had.
They sure did get intense.
scored a pair of goals later in the first half as Nanticokes offense pounded
out nine shots on goal in the first half after Consagras tally.
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 Lukowskis
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.
Matt Tavaglione got the score to within one with 19:46 left, but Nanticokes
defense held off the Patriots charge to secure the victory.
time we play them its a very physical, tough game and its almost like
a rivalry. Its always a tough game, Matusek noted. This was
a good win for us.
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.
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.
only problem is the rest of the season we have three games a week with only one
day of rest in between," Matusek said.
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Around Division III
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.
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)
Coach: Mark Matusek, 25th season
Home Field: High School
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.
Last Year: 10-5
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.
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."