Girls soccer: Wyoming Valley Conference Girls Soccer Coaches All-Stars teams announced
The Wyoming Valley Conference announced its girls soccer all-stars.
Wests' First Team is comprised of:
There was a four-match win streak, as well as a three-match losing streak. Several players emerged toward the top of the conferences scoring leaders, while other key figures were lost to injury.
Bringing a .500 winning percentage into its regular season finale Wednesday, Nanticoke Area salvaged a winning season with a 2-1 win at Wyoming Area.
The Warriors, though, brought their A-game on defense and even went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
Our kids were pushed to the limit, said Nanticoke Area coach Rich Compton.
Claudia Waltz put Wyoming Area ahead, 1-0, when she scored off a rebound from Alee Petits free kick.
The Warriors carried that one-goal lead into halftime thanks to a stellar defensive effort led by Jordan Kelly. A four-year starter, Kelly was frequently around the ball and used slide tackles to thwart at least three scoring opportunities deep in Warriors territory at several phases in the contest.
(Kelly) has two gears: Fast and faster, said Wyoming Area coach Nikki Sitkowski. She reads the game very well, plus shes wonderful at slide tackling.
Compton also praised Kellys performance in saying, Its nice to watch a good, hard, physical player out there.
But the Wyoming Area defense and goalkeeper Caitlin Butchko, who made seven saves could only do so much.
Only 26 seconds into the second half, Katie Butczynski scored on a header, assisted from Amiah Lukowski, to tie the game.
After losing the battle of possession in the first half, some halftime adjustments had Nanticoke Area controlling the ball more and using a better sideline-to-sideline approach, as opposed to playing largely down-the-middle in the first half.
It paid off with 24:13 remaining, when Kayla Aufiero dribbled along the right side of the goal and beat a defender for the game-winning score.
Wyoming Area ended up outshooting Nanticoke Area, finishing with 10 shots on goal. Trojanettes goalkeeper Lexi Seery made nine saves.
We had our opportunities, we just didnt finish them, Sitkowski said. Thats what it came down to.
Nanticoke Area finishes the regular season with an 8-7 record.
Wyoming Area falls to 5-7-2, but with an exhibition and a scrimmage win, the Warriors have more than doubled last seasons three-win finish.
Im pretty happy with that progress, Sitkowski said. Were progressing and I look forward to next year and moving forward and doing the same thing, is getting a couple more wins. But we could pull off a little surprise in districts, too.
The District 2 Class AA playoffs begin with the play-in round Monday.
FIRST HALF: Claudia Waltz (WA) from Alee Petit, 20:00. SECOND HALF: Katie Butczynski (NA) from Amiah Lukowski, 39:34; Kayla Aufiero (NA) unassisted, 24:13.
WA 10, NA 9. Corners: WA 4, NA 6. Saves: WA (Caitlin Butchko) 7, NA (Lexi Seery).
Coach: Rich Compton
2014 WVC record/finish: 8-8
2014 Postseason: Lost to Holy Redeemer 4-0 in first round.
Key returners: Senior Lexi Seery (GK). Junior Riley Klepadlo (14g-3a). Sophomore Katie Butczynski (3g-3a)
Outlook: Perennial cellar dweller Nanticoke were the surprise team of 2014, finishing with a .500 record. Riley Klepadlo has quietly been an offensive force for two years. The Trojans picked up a big 2-1 victory over Tunkhannock to start the season.
Coach: Rich Compton
2014 results: 8-8, lost in the first round of the District 2 Class AA playoffs to Holy Redeemer.
Key players: Senior Lexi Seery, GK. Junior Riley Klepadlo, fwd. Sophomore Katie Butzcynski, mid. Freshman Amiah Lukowski, fwd.
outlook: We hope to continue to build on the success that we had last year.