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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Paupack Girls Dominant in Early Season Soccer Action

  • The Lady Bucks are using high-powered offense and stingy defense to win games.
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  • Four games into the season and the Wallenpaupack Area girls varsity soccer team has already racked up an impressive 3-1-0 record and hit the net 17 times.
    Leadership
    Pacing the offensive attack for Paupack in its Lackawanna League title chase is Nicki Mann.
    The senior striker who shaken the silk six times, while junior keeper Irene Dispenza has allowed only three goals so far for the season.
    Mann scored the only Lady Buck goals in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Classics of Scranton Prep in the first round of the Kotula Kickoff Classic held at Marywood University over Labor Day weekend.
    She added two more goals in the second round versus the Lady Trojans of North Pocono while Jahmia Bridges also posted two, and Oliva Brodhead, Shannon Vennie, and Tori Ciszak netted one each to give the Lady Bucks a 7-0 win.
    Mann struck again in the Lackawanna League opener against Western Wayne on September 3.
    Aiding the cause was Bridgette Mann, Raeann Ehrhardt, and Skylar Wirth with one goal each, propelling Paupack to a 4-0 win over the Wildcats.
    Meanwhile, against Pocono Mountain East last Thursday, senior Hope Decker kept the Lady Bucks' streak alive by hitting a hat trick.'
    Mann remained atop of the stats board by adding a goal, as Paupack rolled to a 4-0 shutout of the Cardinals.
    Tending the net, Dispenza made 14 saves against Prep and went on to block four shots against North Pocono before Samantha Rodriguez came in to close and stopped five, a testament to the Buckhorn defense as much as goalkeeping.
    Paupack's defense was tough on Western Wayne as well as only seven shots came Dispenza's way.
    She continued her streak versus Pocono Mountain East by stopping all 10 of the Cardinals' shots and stretched the Lady Bucks' shut-out streak to three straight.
    Page 2 of 2 - Staying Positive
    One would think it odd then that the game that generated the most buzz around the Lady Bucks bench would be the loss to Prep.
    However, that seemed to be the case as players and coaches alike remarked favorably about their clash against the Classics.
    Take into account that the Lady Bucks were trounced last season by Prep, 4-0, and one begins to see why an overtime loss in a tournament can be looked upon as a positive thing.
    "We stayed right with Prep the whole game," junior mid-fielder Bridgette Mann stated excitedly.
    A player who is habitually critical about her own performance, Mann is not known to take defeat lightly, let alone seem happy about it.
    The two teams will clash again in less than a month for a regular season game.
    "I know we can win when we play them again," Mann added.
    Veteran Skipper
    Coach Alicia Sodano echoes Mann's elation.
    "We played a good game against Prep," she stated simply.
    The Paupack skipper was pleased that her players put up some good numbers and thought the two teams were well matched.
    Like Mann, she too is looking forward to the league-game match.
    That's 10 games into the future and the road to get there is anything but easy.
    Given the way the season is going so far, it would come as no big shock if when that day comes it will probably be a contest to determine the top spot in the league.

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