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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Lady Bucks All Alone Atop the Division II Standings

  • Wallenpaupack Area's girls varsity soccer team in 7-1-0 in Lackawanna League action.
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  • The Lady Bucks kept themselves busy this week on the Lackawanna League soccer scene.
    A Tuesday road trip to West Scranton kicked things off for the Paupack lasses. They followed that by hosting cross-district archrival Abington Heights Thursday, and capped the week with a Saturday bout against Valley View.
    On the Attack
    Senior forward Nicki Mann boosted her goal tally for the season by scoring four times against West Scranton.
    Her sister Bridgette, Rachel Van Tine, Skylar Wirth, and Sheila Whitman each added a goal as well as the Lady Bucks easily dispatched the Invaders with a final of 8-0.
    Thursday brought the Lady Comets to the shores of the Big Lake for a rematch of last season's District 2 final game.
    While it may have been the moment the girls had been preparing for all season, the lasses from Abington came to the pitch loaded with buckshot.
    Just 10 minutes or so into the match, Abington went up 1-0 with a high corner shot and ended the Lady Buckhorns' so far flawless league shutout streak.
    The Lady Bucks' offense was either shut down or forced to make bad shots throughout much of the first half and into the second.
    Goalkeeper Irene Dispenza held off further Comet assaults with the help of Tori Ciszak, Taylor Ruziecki, Brianna Denniston and Molly Jansco until late in the game.
    With 8:55 left, Abington struck once more and claimed the win, 2-0.
    Bounce Back
    The Purple and White took to the turf on Saturday in a make-up match versus Valley View.
    Possibly still suffering from the aftershock against Abington, the Buckhorns were slow to start.
    Page 2 of 2 - While the defense didn't allow Valley View many shooting opportunities early on, the offense was bogged down around mid-field as well suffering the same fate as their rivals.
    Finally with just over a minute left in the first half, Nicki Mann, with help from Hope Decker, shook the net and put Paupack on the board.
    In the second half, Mann lent a hand to Wirth and Whitman who each tapped in one before Decker closed the book on the Cougars by scoring on a pass from Raeann Ehrhardt.
    While Valley View controlled the last part of the half, their shots became more wild and desperate as the time slipped away and they fell to the Lady Bucks, 4-0.
    It may seem as though Paupack shook off the Abington loss, Coach Alicia Sadano wasn't so quick to become an optimist.
    "We still have a lot of things to work on," she stated after the win against Valley View. "We're not where we need to be yet."
    Looking Ahead
    Rougher roads lie ahead for the Lady Bucks.
    On the schedule for later in the week is a match against Scranton Prep, another undefeated team.
    This crossover contest with the Classics is set for 4:15 p.m. at the middle school.

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