Senior nets OT winner to down Dallas

Last updated: September 09. 2013 11:57PM - 2521 Views
JOHN MEDEIROS jmedeiros@timesleader.com

Danielle Grega maneuvers around Dallas goalie Lily Amadio and scores the winning goal in overtime of Monday's WVC field hockey game at Spartan Stadium in Kingston. Grega scored three times in the 3-2 victory.
Danielle Grega maneuvers around Dallas goalie Lily Amadio and scores the winning goal in overtime of Monday's WVC field hockey game at Spartan Stadium in Kingston. Grega scored three times in the 3-2 victory.
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KINGSTON —In case you weren’t there Thursday, Danielle Grega and Julia Usefara made sure to work their magic again.

Grega scored in overtime with an assist from Usefara for the second consecutive game, this time lifting Wyoming Valley West over Dallas 3-2 at Spartan Stadium on Monday in Wyoming Valley Conference field hockey.

The pair created the same finish last week in a 2-1 OT triumph over Wyoming Area.

“Me and Julia were up on the forward line again,” Grega said. “And the last game we had the same type of situation happen. We know what to do with it.”

The Valley West senior finished the day with three goals, giving her five on the season. It was her first hat trick since Oct. 1, 2012, in a victory over Abington Heights.

Grega had two goals in a six-minute span early in the first half to give the Spartans the early advantage. The first came as Alex Gonda centered the ball and Grega dove to reach it, swinging a reverse stick and launching the ball high over Dallas goalkeeper Lily Amadio.

The next capped a Startans rush, as Kaylee Caprari sent a pass to Gonda, whose blast from just inside the circle was redirected by Grega for a 2-0 lead in the ninth minute.

“I’ve played against her a lot, so I know a bit about how she plays,” Grega said of facing Amadio, who made eight saves. “You’ve got to hit your corners on her.”

There’s no quit in the Mountaineers, though, as Dallas suddenly tilted the field in its favor. The visitors had the next four shots, with Vanessa Parsons finally finding the back of the cage on a give-and-go with Jenny Cave, making it 2-1 nearly midway through the first half.

“Once they got that goal, we knew we had to work to keep possession of the ball and move it around better,” Grega said.

Play evened out through the rest of the first half and well into the second, with Dallas killing off a pair of shorthanded situations without allowing a Valley West shot — thanks in part to nice plays by Morgan Morris and Emma Niznik. Finally, a well-executed penalty corner knotted the score as Michelle Thompson stepped into a set up from Parsons to fire a shot past Spartans keeper Alicia Moore (nine saves).

Nina Magnotta made a nifty defensive save on a Parsons rush with four minutes left in the first half for the Spartans. Usefara added a defensive save with 19 minutes remaining as Parsons led a rush upfield and spun around a challenging Moore before releasing a shot that the Valley West junior slapped away at the goal line.


Wyoming Valley West 3, Dallas 2


Valley West`2`0`1`—`3

First half — 1. WVW, Danielle Grega (Alex Gonda), 27:23; 2. WVW, Grega (Gonda), 21:42; 3. DAL, Vanessa Parsons (Jenny Cave), 17:24. Second half — 4. DAL, Michelle Thompson (Parsons), 17:03. Overtime — 5. WVW, Grega (Julia Usefara), 12:30.

Shots — DAL 13; WVW 16. Saves — DAL 8 (Lily Amadio); WVW 9 (Alicia Moore). Defensive saves — WVW, Nina Magnotta, Usefara. Penalty corners — DAL 5; WVW 5.


Lake-Lehman 2, Holy Redeemer 2 (OT)

The Black Knights tied the Royals, thanks to goals by Korri Wandel and Kirsten Cope. Alyssa Adams and Sarah Sabaluski added assists.

Holy Redeemer received a goal and assist from Greta Ell. Melanie Kusakavitch also netted a Royals goal.

Goalkeepers Holly Slowik and Tiffany Malinowski each had seven saves for the Royals and Black Knights, respectively.

Delaware Valley 2, Nanticoke 1 (OT)

Grace Farrell hammered the game-winning goal with six minutes remaining in overtime to lift Delaware Valley past Nanticoke. Farrell scored both of the Warriors’ scores.

Becca Margis scored the lone goal for the Trojans with an assist from Carly Grabowski. Nanticoke’s Maddy O’Donahue made 22 saves.

Wyoming Seminary 7, Abington Heights 0

Mallory Lefkowicz scored a hat trick for the Blue Knights. Alexis Quick posted a goal and two assists, and Becca Weinstock tallied a goal and an assist.

Honesdale 7, Wallenpaupack 1

Honesdale received a hat trick from Stacey Hart. Janie Murphy had two goals. Bailey Martin totaled three assists, and Megan Benson notched two assists.

Courtney Stevens scored for the Buckhorns.

Northwest 2, Hanover Area 1

Rachel Zultevicz scored a goal to carry Northwest to a victory over Hanover Area. Maggie Murphy also recorded a score for the Rangers off a Michaela Weber pass in the second half. Olivia Piestrak took the win with three saves.

Brexy Pena tallied a goal for the Hawkeyes. Regina Deno made six saves.

Crestwood 5, Wyoming Area 0

Elizabeth Dessoye pitched a hat trick to guide the Comets to a shutout. Casey Cole produced a goal, and Ashleigh Thomas gathered four points (goal, two assists). Dallas Kendra made 16 saves for the clean sheet.

The Warriors’ Christina Granteed thwarted 15 shots.


Crestwood 5, Wyoming Area 0


Wyoming Area`0`0`—`0

First half — 1. CRE, Casey Cole (Ashleigh Thomas), 15:30; 2. CRE, Elizabeth Dessoye (Thomas), 9:49; 3. CRE, Dessoye, 3:40. Second half — 4. CRE, Thomas, 23:10; 5. CRE Dessoye, 15:04.

Shots — CRE 18, WA 16. Saves — CRE 16 (Dallas Kendra); WA 15 (Christina Granteed). Penalty corners — CRE 11, WA 4.

Lake-Lehman 2, Holy Redeemer 2 (OT)


Holy Redeemer`2`0`0`—`2

First half — 1. LL, Korri Wandel (Alyssa Adams), 29:00; 2. HR, Melanie Kusakavitch (Greta Ell), 20:52; 3. HR, Ell, 19:00; 4. LL, Kirsten Cope (Sarah Sabaluski), 6:46.

Shots — LL 13, HR 28. Saves — LL 7 (Tiffany Malinowski); HR 7 (Holly Slowick). Penalty corners — LL 9, HR 7.

Delaware Valley 2, Nanticoke 1 (OT)

Delaware Valley`0`1`1`—`2


First half — 1. NAN, Becca Morgis (Carly Grabowski), 18:40. Second half — 2. DV, Grace Farrell (Marielle Cavallarco), 8:40. Overtime 3. DV, Farrell, 6:05.

Shots — DV 48, NAN 4. Saves — DV 2 (Eileen D’Auria); NAN 22 (Maddy O’Donahue). Penalty corners — DV 13, NAN 1.

Wyoming Seminary 7, Abington Heights 0

Abington Heights`0`0`—`0

Wyoming Seminary`4`3`—`7

First half — 1. SEM, Mallory Lefkowicz (Alexis Quick), 12:52; 2. SEM, Lefkowicz (Becca Weinstock), 18:08; 3. SEM, Molly Turner (Morgan Malone), 21:42; 4. SEM, Quick (Turner), 25:44. Second half — 5. SEM, Lefkowicz (Malone), 1:41; 6. SEM, Weinstock (Quick), 11:20; 7. SEM, Lauren Anderson (Abby Straub), 22:28.

Shots — AH 2, SEM 27. Saves — AH 13 (Eileen D’Auria); SEM 0 (Mackenzie Gagliardi, Alexis Sokoch). Penalty corners — AH 1, SEM 13.

Honesdale 7, Wallenpaupack 1



First half — 1. HON, Janie Murphy (Megan Benson), 27:37; 2. HON, Stacey Hart (Bailey Martin), 22:37. Second half — 3. HON, Hart (Martin), 18:24; 4. HON, Jamie Rosencranse (Clayre Smith), 15:03; 5. HON, Murphy (Benson), 14:09; 6. HON, Heaven Houck (Rosencranse), 12:30; 7. HON, Hart (Martin), 3:15; 8. WAL, Courtney Stevens, 1:00.

Shots — WAL 3, HON 24. Saves — WAL 17 (Laura Bibbs); HON 2 (Mackenzie Jackson). Penalty corners — WAL 3, HON 11.

Northwest 2, Hanover Area 1


Hanover Area`0`1`—`1

First half — 1. NW, Rachel Zultevicz, 14:33. Second half — 2. NW, Maggie Murphy (Michaela Weber), 14:33; 3. HAN, Brexy Pena, 1:59.

Shots — N 9, H 4. Saves — N 3 (Olivia Piestrak); H 6 (Regina Deno). Penalty corners — N 14, H 1.

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