Wallenpaupack Area's girls varsity soccer team posts early wins
Coming into Monday’s match at Wallenpaupack, the Delaware Valley girls were 2-0 in Lackawanna Soccer League play.
Their hosts, after splitting 1-1 at the 9th Annual Jamie Kotula Kick-Off Classic over Labor Day, took two hard losses during the opening week of league action.
Sydney Colwell had Paupack’s lone goal in the opening round of the Kotula versus Valley View.
The Lady Cougars went on to win 5-1 forcing the Lady Buckhorns to the consolation round.
There they took on Holy Cross on the second day of tourney play.
Colwell notched two goals while Jacqui Weber and Devon Kiesendahl each posted one in the win over the Crusaders.
Prior to the weekend events that unofficially kick-off the LSL season, Delaware Valley dueled with Pocono Mountain East on August 30 and suffered a non-league, 3-0 loss.
DV was at home for its league opener. In town were the Lady Hornets of Honesdale.
Although markedly a better team than last year, as pointed out by Head Coach Jeff Rainear, his squad was able to shake the net five times against their guests.
Scoring for DelVal were Emily Thomas, Meghan Byrnes, Sydney Bolles, Jenna Reich, and Skylar Molnar.
Brianna Matteson had the clean sheet for the Warriors.
They welcomed North Pocono two days later.
Hailey Jordan scored in the 22nd minute, assisted by Thomas. And, with just over 18 minutes to go, Thomas tallied DV’s second goal, helped along by Jordan.
Matteson recorded her second shutout facing minimal Trojan resistance while making one save.
“Despite us scoring more goals against Honesdale, I thought that they were a tougher team than North Pocono,” said Rainear.
“Their girls played hard.”
Paupack hosted Scranton Prep on September 4.
The last time they clashed with the Classics was in the playoffs last fall.
Both teams battled through a scoreless first half. In the 48th minute, Emily Langon connected with Colwell, who got the Buckhorns on the board. After that, the downward spiral began.
Prep’s Ione Festko tied things 1-1 in the 54th minute and made good on a penalty kick attempt with less than ten minutes to go. She added insurance with 6:19 remaining to put Prep up 3-1, where eit stayed until full time.
“Our girls played a solid game but just couldn’t finish,” said Head Coach Alicia Sodano.
Two days later, the Paupack ladies journeyed to Abington Heights.
Led by Riley Mulherin, the Comet lasses sent five balls into the Lady Bucks net during the first 40 minutes and then added a trio of goals in the second half to lay down an 8-0 win.
The two teams finally met on September 9 at Paupack.
Both the Warriors and the Buckhorns made solid attempts throughout the match, each plunging deep only to miss a shot, have it hit the post, or have a would-be goal thwarted by the keeper.
This went on for 40 minutes. Then 50. 60. 70.
Both sides were eyeing overtime but as the seconds slipped off the clock, DV seemed a little gassed.
Paupack made two good runs that saw little defense late in the match, then finally, with 18.1 seconds left on the timer, Devon Kiesendahl sent one into the net for the 1-0 win.
“I made the girls watch the tapes from the Abington Heights game to learn what they did wrong,” said Coach Sodano. “We’re still a young team and working towards gaining more varsity experience.
“I think they took something away from the loss to Abington and came back with a better understanding of what they need to do, and I think that showed against DV.”