Girls soccer: Wyoming Valley Conference Girls Soccer Coaches All-Stars teams announced
The Wyoming Valley Conference announced its girls soccer all-stars.

The Wests' First Team is comprised of:
Liz Mulhurn (M)
Kayla Auferio (F)
Katie Butczyski (M)

Second Team:
Amiah Lukowski (F)
Alexis Selli (D)
Meranda Dunn (D)

Honorable Mention:
Courtney Dunn
Jeanine Levandowski
Maddie Grilz
Taylor Zabrinski

WVC Girls Soccer: Trojanettes end regular season on high note
Matt Bufano - Citizens Voice
The Nanticoke Area girls soccer team has played through an up-and-down regular season.

There was a four-match win streak, as well as a three-match losing streak. Several players emerged toward the top of the conference’s 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 Petit’s 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 she’s wonderful at slide tackling.”

Compton also praised Kelly’s performance in saying, “It’s 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 didn’t finish them,” Sitkowski said. “That’s 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 season’s three-win finish.

“I’m pretty happy with that progress,” Sitkowski said. “We’re 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.

Shots: WA 10, NA 9. Corners: WA 4, NA 6. Saves: WA (Caitlin Butchko) 7, NA (Lexi Seery).

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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.

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Nanticoke Area

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.

Coach’s outlook: “We hope to continue to build on the success that we had last year.”