Times Leader Boys Soccer All Stars
Lukowski, Sr., F, Nanticoke
Being selected as All-State,
he led the conference in goals with 35 and led the league lead in points with
86. When factoring in nonconference and playoff matches, Lukowskis total
for the season is 43 goals, 21 assists and 107 points. In a glorious career with
the Trojans, he became the schools all-time leading scorer besting his fathers
record. In four years, Lukowski registered 103 goals and 49 assists for 255 points.
Lukowski - Sr - Forward
- Sr - Forward
Carmelo Pioquinto - Sr - Goalkeeper
Brian Kotz - Jr - Defender
Ben Sersen - Sr - Midfielder
Nik Placek - Sr - Midfielder
Butczynski - Jr - Forward
Cody Piestrak - Jr - Defender
WVC stars earn all-state honors
Eric Shultz - Citizens Voice
Wyoming Valley Conference boys soccer stars have been selected to the Pennsylvania
Soccer Coaches Association All-State team.
Nanticoke Area forward Ed Lukowski,
Coughlin defender Matt Davison and Valley West forward Mike Bazadona received
Its easy to see why Lukowski and Bazadona were
chosen just from their eye-popping statistics.
Lukowski led the WVC Division
2 with 85 points, scoring 35 goals and distributing 15 assists.
was tops in the WVC Division 1 with 37 goals and 11 helpers.
impact, meanwhile, isnt found in the goals he scored (he had eight, as well
as a pair of assists) but the goals he has helped prevent.
The junior anchors
the Crusaders three-defender backline in their 3-5-2 formation.
with an extra man thrown forward, the Crusaders gave up just three goals in 2014
and seven this season.
Coughlin coach Rob Havard praised Davison for being
a large part of that tough defense, calling him one of the best defenders,
if not the best defender, Ive ever had.
Hes a natural
leader. He talks. He demands respect when hes on the field, Havard
said. It doesnt hurt to be 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, and he has the foot
skills of a center-midfielder.
More accomplishments may be on the way
for Davision and the rest of Coughlin, which started its district tournament Monday
with a 10-0 win against Hanover Area.
Even though Lukowskis Trojans
fell 4-3 to Valley View in their first-round match, he still has plenty to look
back on in his senior year.
Lukowski set had eight multi-goal games in 2015,
including a season-high six-goal performance in a win against Wyoming Area.
scored his 100th career goal during that contest, becoming the first boy in school
history to reach the century mark.
The senior credited his teammates for making
his season happen.
He said achieving All-State status was a goal after missing
a number of games last year with an injury, but knew there were other quality
players in the league hed be competing against.
the Trojans game against Wyoming Area probably the most memorable
game of his eventful year.
I scored six goals and it happened in such
a short span. I wasnt really expecting to break 100 goals in my career during
the game, Lukowski said. It was a very exciting and emotional game
at the same time, to be the first boy in school history to do that.
Boys Soccer: Valley View ends Nanticokes season, Lukowskis career
career closes for Lukowski
four years Ed Lukowski ran rampant all over Wyoming Valley Conference opponents
setting a school-record at Nanticoke for the most goals with more than 100 in
A day after being named All-State by the WVC coaches for the first
time, Lukowski looked to extend his career one more game in the District 2 Class
2A first round when the Trojans hosted Valley View.
Lukowski had a hand in
all three Nanticoke goals, but the Trojans couldnt overcome a three-goal
deficit and fell to the Cougars 4-3 as Nanticokes season came to and end.
a tremendous player and being named All-State was well-deserved, Nanticoke
coach Mark Matusek said about Nanticokes top scorer Lukowski, who was the
second-leading scorer in the WVC this season with 35 goals.
hes walked on the field as a freshman in his very first game has stood out.
Hes had a great career and Im glad I was a part of it, that I was
able to watch him play for four years on the field.
Lukowski took two
quick shots early in the game that were saved by Valley View keeper Mike Gallagher.
That was all Cougars coach Peco Milenkovski needed to see. After that, every time
Lukowski touched the ball, he was swarmed by two or three Valley View defenders.
dont know anything about him but I see hes a skilled player and tried
to keep close control on him, Milenkovski said. You can see whos
possessing the ball better and who has the skills, and I think we did a good job
Valley View, which advances to play top-seeded Scranton Prep
on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., took a 1-0 lead on Connor Harrisons goal with
26:45 left in the first half, after Nanticoke keeper Carmelo Pioquinto made three
stops early on.
The Trojans answered back a little later off a corner kick
when Lukowski got the ball to Luke Butczynski, who headed it in to the back of
the net to tie it up 1-1 with 12:58 remaining.
From there, the Cougars got
bounces going their way. About 3 minutes after Nanticoke netted the equalizer,
Kyle Barretts shot ricocheted off the post and into the net giving Valley
View a 2-1 lead.
With 2:31 to go before halftime, Aaron Harrison struck goal
for a 3-1 Cougars lead off a corner kick that was hit by a Nanticoke player first.
back-breaker came in the second half when Barrett gave Valley View a 4-1 lead.
He drew Pioquinto out of his post. Pioquinto got a piece of the ball as Barrett
slid, but the ball trickled 20 yards to the back of the net for the score with
28:06 on the clock.
It was a tough one, but what are you gonna do it
happens. Its part of the game, Matusek said. But Carmelo made
a lot of great saves all night.
Down by three, the Trojans didnt
fold and went all out until the end. Picking up six corner kicks in the second
half, the Trojans connected again when Lukowski got the ball to Butczynski, who
headed it in to cut the lead to 4-2 with 8:35 left.
They outplayed us
in the first half, but we outplayed them in the second half, Matusek said.
Its a tough one, but they played 80 minutes. Down 4-1 you can say
thats it. Down 3-1 you can say thats it. But I thought
our field play picked up in the second half, which created opportunities.
time winding down on his career, Lukowski got one last chance to score when he
was awarded a penalty kick with 11 seconds left. Hes always been accurate
on those and was once again on his last high school shot pulling the Trojans within
He played his heart out tonight. They all did. Im glad he
got that opportunity, Nanticokes coach said. But the thing Im
proud about is they never quit.
I thought we could come back in the second
half and came close but ran out of time.
of the Week: Ed Lukowski, Nanticoke Area soccer
Matt Bufano - Citizens
Parents, Ed and Wendy; sisters, Sophie, Amiah and Scarlett.
Ed scored six goals including the 100th of his career in Wednesdays
win against Wyoming Area.
Getting to Know Ed
Favorite book: Among Heroes by Brandon Webb
movie: Olympus Has Fallen
Favorite TV show: NCIS
actor: Tom Cruise
Favorite musical artist: Eminem
Favorite food: Steak
sport to follow: Soccer
Favorite team: Manchester United
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite color: Red
from soccer, Ed enjoys ... fishing and playing basketball and hanging out with
If Ed could switch places with any athlete for one day, hed
switch with ... Cristiano Ronaldo.
If Ed could meet anyone in history, hed
like to meet ... George Washington.
If Ed could travel anywhere in the world,
hed travel to ... Germany.
Eds favorite thing about soccer is ...
the camaraderie he develops with his teammates.
The hardest thing about soccer
for Ed is ... staying calm and focused.
One thing Ed cant live without
is ... his family.
Eds biggest role model has been ... his father.
word that best describes Ed is ... determined.
Eds biggest fear is ...
not being able to play sports.
Up next, Ed ... hopes to play soccer and study
accounting in college. He is undecided where he will attend.
the torch: Lukowski breaks father's scoring record at Nanticoke Area
Bufano - Citizens Voice
From 1993 to 1996, Edward Joseph Lukowski Jr. was
the record-setting standout of Nanticoke Areas boys soccer program.
continued playing soccer at Wilkes, pursued a teaching career and four years ago
returned to Nanticoke Areas sidelines as an assistant coach.
while, his 163 career points stood tall atop Nanticoke Areas record books.
was probably better athletes than me, better goal-scorers than me, kids that were
more skilled, said an all-too-humble Lukowski. But I dont know
what it was that held (the record) up this long.
The 20-year record,
though, finally fell last Saturday when a current standout, a four-year starter,
netted a hat trick to put him at 167 career points and counting.
The new record-holder
is none other than Lukowskis son, Edward Joseph Lukowski III.
coached the father, then the son comes along and beats the fathers record,
said Nanticoke Area coach Mark Matusek, who has led the program since 1989. It
was fun to be a part of it, I was really happy for the two of them.
Lukowski III showed immense potential at an early age, the road to becoming an
all-time Trojan great was anything but easy.
When I was younger, soccer
was every month of the year, Lukowski III said before rattling off several
states he played in. At 10, he was also one of five Pennsylvanians selected to
play in Portugal.
When Lukowski III got to high school he made an immediate
impact, scoring 17 goals and helping the Trojans go from zero wins the year prior
I knew what I had in him as a freshman, Matusek said. The
very first game, he was the best player on the field.
Then came the injuries.
III missed five games as a sophomore because of offseason knee surgery. He missed
eight games the following season with a pulled hamstring.
I know when
I wasnt playing and (my dad) was still coaching, I was sitting here the
whole time, Lukowski III said. It hurt not to play.
Lukowski III is making up for lost time in a major way.
Since passing his fathers
record, the younger Lukowski has tallied six goals and one assist in two league
games. He currently leads Wyoming Valley Conference Class AA players with 10 goals
for the 3-2 Trojans.
In addition, Lukowski III has followed in his fathers
footsteps by parlaying his soccer skills into a spot on the football team as a
kicker. So far, he has kicked eight extra points.
The advice the elder Lukowski
gave his son on playing football?
Kick the ball and when guys are coming
at you, pretend like youre going after it, take a bad angle and miss,
the elder Lukowski laughed. But he doesnt. He had two tackles in the
game the other day.
While the elder Lukowski is looking out for his sons
health on the football field, Lukowski III said the best soccer advice he got
from his dad was learning to play aggressive.
With three younger sisters
including freshman Amiah Lukowski, who scored four goals in a game this season
Lukowski III is now trying to be the teacher to them, as opposed to the
student he was to his dad.
The book will close on Lukowski IIIs high
school career after this season with a school record, at least three winning seasons
and at least one District 2 playoff win.
He is undecided on whats next
for him, whether its to continue playing local college soccer or focusing
strictly on academics.
But the four-year ride with Nanticoke Areas varsity,
through its ups and downs, has been an undisputed success.
been a very good career here, the elder Lukowski said. I wouldve
liked to have seen him more healthy, but hopefully we can stay healthy this season.
But hes obviously done well in the time that hes been on the field.
school sports roundup: Ed Lukowski rewrites Nanticoke Area record books
A free kick in the eighth minute made Ed
Lukowski Nanticoke Areas all-time leading scorer (165 points) in the Trojans
4-1 win over Hazleton Area in a boys soccer game on Saturday.
With the feat,
Lukowski passed his father, Ed Lukowski (163 points) on Nanticokes scorers
list. The senior, who finished with three goals in the victory, now has 68 goals
and 31 career assists for 167 points.
Boys Soccer Preview
2014 results: 9-6-3
returnees: Ed Lukowski (Sr., Forward/Midfielder); Carmelo Pioquinto (Sr., Goalie);
Ben Serensen (Sr., Midfielder); Nick Placek (Sr., Midfielder); Earl Manangan (Sr.,
Defender); Ryan Kotz; (Jr., Defender)