Wallenpaupack Area girls soccer players honored at final home match of the regular season
It might have been closer to the end of the soccer season than the beginning, but it felt like a summer night instead of early October as Wallenpaupack welcomed Honesdale for the second time this season.
Back on Sept. 27 the Lady Hornets were in town playing as the home team due to their saturated pitch.
That ended in a 7-1 victory for the Lady Bucks with senior Rachael Tirjan notching her 100th career goal.
This past Tuesday accurately clad in their home purple, the Buckhorns once more served up defeat to the Hornets and once more Tirjan had a milestone moment.
Before all that went down, however, Paupack took a moment to recognize the members of this year’s senior class.
This season, six seniors graced the Paupack roster.
With the exception of one, all have been with the Lady Bucks for four years. In fact, most of them have been playing together since starting as youth players in the U-6 program.
One of this season’s captains, Jamie Falgie is a four-year member of the team. She has also played softball for one year and been with the track team for two. She has been a member of SADD, FBLA, and the Hemlock Grove United Methodist youth group. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has attained the Gold Scholar Award.
Jamie plans to attend a four-year university next fall where she will major in biology.
New to the squad this fall is Megan Guerrieri. She has been on the track and field team for two years and has played basketball for four years.
For hoops, Meg was named Athlete of the Week in two different years by the Scranton Times Tribune and once by Blue Ridge Channel 13.
Twice she was named MVP of the Honesdale Jaycees Tournament and similarly has been on the First Team All-Stars for the Lackawanna League. She has participated in Volunteers in Paupack, SADD, FBLA, the yearbook club and the foreign language club.
She has assisted with the Biddy Basketball program ad is a member of the National Honor Society having attained the Silver Honor.
Meg plans to major in nursing at a four-year university.
Another captain, Madison Nakielny has been with the varsity squad since freshman season and was named as a Second team league All-Star as a junior.
She has been on the track and field team for four years as well. There too she has earned all-star honors medaling in several event with members of relay teams.
She was also named to the Sprints All-Star team. Mads has been a member of SADD and FBLA and is a member of the National Honor Society and has earned the Silver Scholar Award.
Next fall Madison plans to attend West Chester University where she will major in Special Education.
“I don’t feel like we’re seniors,” Nakielny said. “It’s just hard to believe four years has gone by already.”
Ashley Schoepfer has played soccer for four years too. She has been involved with VIP and is member of the Hawley Methodist Church youth group where she participates in various community service activities.
Ashley has eared both Silver and Gold Scholar Awards as a member of the National Honor Society.
She plans to major in biochemistry at a four-year university following graduation.
Rachael Tirjan, another captain, has played soccer for four seasons attaining 100 career goals and having been named three times to the league First Team All-Stars and twice to the All-Region All-Stars.
She was the Player of the Year for the Lackawanna League, has been a Times-Tribune Player of the Week twice, MaxPreps Player of the Week twice and was appointed to the 1st Team All-State last season.
During her four years of basketball she has earned a league honorable mention.
Through her four-season softball career made league First team All-Stars three times, divisional Player of the Year twice, All-Region twice, and was named as an All-State honorable mention once as well as an All-State First team member twice.
Rachael is a member of Hemlock Grove United Methodist Church youth group, SADD, FBLA, the Athletic Council, the Ambassador Program, and served as class secretary for two years.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and is a member of the executive council, she has attained the Gold Scholar Award and has been a National Merit Finalist.
Rachael will attend Messiah next fall where she will continue her soccer career and major in Biology on a pre-med track.
The final member of the Class of 2019 is Mackenzie Turner. She is a team captain and has played soccer for four seasons, earning a spot on the league Second Team All-Stars last season.
She has been a member of the track and field team for four years as well and has been a league 1st team All-Star for two years and an All-Region team member for one year.
Mackenzie assists with both the youth soccer and youth track programs. She has been involved with FBLA, Friends of Rachel, SADD, Junior Leadership of the Northern Poconos, and has been the Student Council Secretary and the Vice-President.
She is a National Honor Society Member and has attained the Gold Award. Next fall Mackenzie plans to attend a four-year university majoring in Math and Secondary Education and continue her running career.
“This group of seniors has done a lot for the program,” said Head Coach Alicia Sodano.
“They are a great group and have accumulated an awesome record. We were 17-3 when they were freshmen and were 16-4 the last two years.
“They are memorable and I’m going to miss them.”
Just six minutes into the match Tirjan struck on a corner kick put in play by Turner.
The header into the net tied the school record of 104 goals set by 2007 alumna Kelsi Horan. In the 19th minute, the Lady Buckhorns tallied their second goal of the night.
In front of a congested goal, Nakielny sent one in, again, courtesy of a corner by Turner. The Paupack lasses held the 2-0 lead long into the second half.
Then, with just three minutes to go, Horan’s record fell when Tirjan went 1-on-1 and took the shot from just inside the 18 sending it just out of reach of the Hornet keeper.
“It was awesome to get the win, especially on senior night against Honesdale,” Tirjan said.
Paupack goalie Mackenna Peet counted five saves and notched the shutout. Sadie Wood made six saves for the Lady Hornets.
“We’re excited for the upcoming playoffs,” said Turner.
Falgie added, “I’m confident no other team out there works as hard as us.”
The Lady Bucks still have a few more matches before they wrap up the regular season. They still have one more home game.
On Oct.16 they have the 6 p.m. opener versus Scranton before the boys celebrate their senior night at 7:30.