2015 Times Leader Boys Soccer All Stars
Times Leader

Ed 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, Lukowski’s total for the season is 43 goals, 21 assists and 107 points. In a glorious career with the Trojans, he became the school’s all-time leading scorer besting his father’s record. In four years, Lukowski registered 103 goals and 49 assists for 255 points.

WVC Coaches All-Stars

Ed Lukowski - Sr - Forward

1st Team
Ed Lukowski - Sr - Forward
Carmelo Pioquinto - Sr - Goalkeeper
Brian Kotz - Jr - Defender

2nd Team
Ben Sersen - Sr - Midfielder
Nik Placek - Sr - Midfielder
Luke Butczynski - Jr - Forward
Cody Piestrak - Jr - Defender

3 WVC stars earn all-state honors
Eric Shultz - Citizens Voice

Three 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 the honors.
It’s 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.
Bazadona was tops in the WVC Division 1 with 37 goals and 11 helpers.
Davison’s impact, meanwhile, isn’t 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.
Even 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, I’ve ever had.”
“He’s a natural leader. He talks. He demands respect when he’s on the field,” Havard said. “It doesn’t 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 Lukowski’s 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.
He 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” he’d be competing against.
Lukowski called 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 wasn’t 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.”

H.S. Boys Soccer: Valley View ends Nanticoke’s season, Lukowski’s career
Brilliant career closes for Lukowski


For 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 his career.
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 couldn’t overcome a three-goal deficit and fell to the Cougars 4-3 as Nanticoke’s season came to and end.
“He’s a tremendous player and being named All-State was well-deserved,” Nanticoke coach Mark Matusek said about Nanticoke’s top scorer Lukowski, who was the second-leading scorer in the WVC this season with 35 goals.
“Ed, since he’s walked on the field as a freshman in his very first game has stood out. He’s had a great career and I’m 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.
“I don’t know anything about him but I see he’s a skilled player and tried to keep close control on him,” Milenkovski said. “You can see who’s possessing the ball better and who has the skills, and I think we did a good job on him.”
Valley View, which advances to play top-seeded Scranton Prep on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., took a 1-0 lead on Connor Harrison’s 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 Barrett’s 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.
The 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. It’s part of the game,” Matusek said. “But Carmelo made a lot of great saves all night.”
Down by three, the Trojans didn’t 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. “It’s a tough one, but they played 80 minutes. Down 4-1 you can say ‘that’s it.’ Down 3-1 you can say ‘that’s it. But I thought our field play picked up in the second half, which created opportunities.”
With time winding down on his career, Lukowski got one last chance to score when he was awarded a penalty kick with 11 seconds left. He’s always been accurate on those and was once again on his last high school shot pulling the Trojans within 4-3.
“He played his heart out tonight. They all did. I’m glad he got that opportunity,” Nanticoke’s coach said. “But the thing I’m proud about is they never quit.
“I thought we could come back in the second half and came close but ran out of time.”

Athlete of the Week: Ed Lukowski, Nanticoke Area soccer
Matt Bufano - Citizens Voice

Ed Lukowski
Nanticoke Area
Senior, Soccer
Hometown: Nanticoke

Age: 17
Family: Parents, Ed and Wendy; sisters, Sophie, Amiah and Scarlett.
Accomplishment: Ed scored six goals — including the 100th of his career — in Wednesday’s win against Wyoming Area.

Getting to Know Ed
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite book: “Among Heroes” by Brandon Webb
Favorite movie: “Olympus Has Fallen”
Favorite TV show: “NCIS”
Favorite actor: Tom Cruise
Favorite musical artist: Eminem
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite sport to follow: Soccer
Favorite team: Manchester United
Favorite athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite color: Red

Away from soccer, Ed enjoys ... fishing and playing basketball and hanging out with his friends.
If Ed could switch places with any athlete for one day, he’d switch with ... Cristiano Ronaldo.
If Ed could meet anyone in history, he’d like to meet ... George Washington.
If Ed could travel anywhere in the world, he’d travel to ... Germany.
Ed’s 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 can’t live without is ... his family.
Ed’s biggest role model has been ... his father.
One word that best describes Ed is ... determined.
Ed’s 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.

Passing the torch: Lukowski breaks father's scoring record at Nanticoke Area
Matt Bufano - Citizens Voice

From 1993 to 1996, Edward Joseph Lukowski Jr. was the record-setting standout of Nanticoke Area’s boys soccer program.
He continued playing soccer at Wilkes, pursued a teaching career and four years ago returned to Nanticoke Area’s sidelines as an assistant coach.
All the while, his 163 career points stood tall atop Nanticoke Area’s record books.
“There was probably better athletes than me, better goal-scorers than me, kids that were more skilled,” said an all-too-humble Lukowski. “But I don’t 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 Lukowski’s son, Edward Joseph Lukowski III.
“I coached the father, then the son comes along and beats the father’s 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.”
While 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 to 10.
“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.
Lukowski 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 wasn’t playing and (my dad) was still coaching, I was sitting here the whole time,” Lukowski III said. “It hurt not to play.”
Now healthy, Lukowski III is making up for lost time in a major way.
Since passing his father’s 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 father’s 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 you’re going after it, take a bad angle and miss,” the elder Lukowski laughed. “But he doesn’t. He had two tackles in the game the other day.”
While the elder Lukowski is looking out for his son’s 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 III’s 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 what’s next for him, whether it’s to continue playing local college soccer or focusing strictly on academics.
But the four-year ride with Nanticoke Area’s varsity, through its ups and downs, has been an undisputed success.
“It’s been a very good career here,” the elder Lukowski said. “I would’ve liked to have seen him more healthy, but hopefully we can stay healthy this season. But he’s obviously done well in the time that he’s been on the field.
“Made us proud.”

High school sports roundup: Ed Lukowski rewrites Nanticoke Area record books
Times Leader

A free kick in the eighth minute made Ed Lukowski Nanticoke Area’s 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 Nanticoke’s scorer’s list. The senior, who finished with three goals in the victory, now has 68 goals and 31 career assists for 167 points.

WVC Boys Soccer Preview
Citizens Voice

Nanticoke Area

Coach: Mark Matusek

2014 results: 9-6-3

Key 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)