North Pocono's boys varsity soccer team sailed to a Lackawanna League victory
Seven senior soccer players were recognized last week in North Pocono's match up against Western Wayne.
The two last tangled on September 9th in Varden and battled to a scoreless tie after 100 minutes of play.
While it was "Senior Night," juniors got the licks in first as Jake Montana, assisted by Tucker Loescher, netted the first Trojan goal just eight minutes into the game.
Both teams battled hard through the period with each side making great strides only to be dashed by the others defense and goaltending.
Then, with five minutes left, senior Cory Rinaldi took a pass off classmate Eric Kramer, and landed the Men of Troy's second goal.
Halftime rolled around and the Trojans were up 2-0.
Stalemate set in for over 25 minutes in the second period.
While North Pocono seemed to dominate the Western Wayne zone, the Wildcats showed their claws and got a lucky break thanks to a goal by Matt Russo with help from Derek Gillis.
With their lead cut down to one, Kramer struck back a few minutes later.
Assisted by Montana, he slipped one by Wildcat keeper Tanner Gillette to claim some insurance for the Trojans' lead.
Not satisfied with a two goal gap, and possibly wanting to get in on the senior action, Cobi Edwards put one between the posts after taking a pass from Lavdi Shabani to jack up the tally to 4-1.
With just two minutes left to play, attempts to mount any attack against the Trojans would have been futile and as time slipped away the Men of Troy claimed their fourth league win on the year.
Defensively, the Trojans were superb.
Led in part by senior Andrew Haran, they held the Wildcats to only four shots and allowed only one corner kick for the entire match.
Also adding support where needed were seniors Eric Marsico and Scott Lougee.
The Big Lake
Hoping to capitalize on the win, the Trojans made the trip to Wallenpaupack two days later.
Their previous matchup this year was physically intense and things seemed to pick up right where they left off.
While Paupack emerged from the game with a 2-0 victory, once more the Trojans showed skill and resolve on the field.
After a suffering a major injury late in the first period, the Trojans stepped up and played valiantly.
Scott Lougee, Matt Morris, and Zach Davis made great contributions in the backfield while Rinaldi and Kramer as well as underclassmen Matt Lees and Blake Hawkins made several deep plunges into the Buckhorns' zone.
Head Coach Dave Davis lauded the efforts and contribution of the Senior members of the Trojan squad.
"The Seniors have been solid leaders," he said.
"They know and accept their roles and responsibilities within the framework of the team as a whole.
"They are committed to continuing the recent success of the team and to leave their class imprint on the team to help continue the steady incline of improvement."