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Leeann Wasiakowski (5) of Holy Redeemer, right, slide tackles Coughlin's Mary Tona (11) in Thursday's WVC girls soccer game at the Eddie White Field in Wilkes-Barre.
Leeann Wasiakowski (5) of Holy Redeemer, right, slide tackles Coughlin's Mary Tona (11) in Thursday's WVC girls soccer game at the Eddie White Field in Wilkes-Barre.
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WILKES-BARRE — Galloping down the sidelines, Mary Tona ignored the Coughlin fans calls to take a quick strike from 20 yards out. She paused momentarily, opting instead to take her chances getting around two defenders.


She made a quick move left, scurrying past a Holy Redeemer defender to the base line. Tona struck a 16-yard ball with her left foot that arced in the air to the far right post where it caromed into the net to end a scoreless drought.


Tona scored both of Coughlin’s goals to lead the Crusaders to a 2-0 shutout of Holy Redeemer Thursday in Wyoming Valley Conference girls soccer action at Eddie White Field. Her game-winning goal came in the 46th minute on a play designed for the Coughlin sophomore.


“We worked the ball from the middle of field,” Coughlin coach Joe Spagnuolo Jr. said. “(Hailee) Dumont gave her a pass to the outside. Mary took her on and had a finish in the upper 90.


“Well, that’s what we’ve been talking about. She’s back to doing what she did last year in scoring goals for us. She’s starting to click a little offensively.”


The Crusaders changed up their game plan in the second half after a seemingly back-and-forth first half that saw very few favorable scoring chances for either team.


“We had last night’s game against Nanticoke. They’re a little tired,” Spagnuolo said. “Playing two games within 24 hours is a little tough. It took them a little while to get their legs under them. Once we settled in, it took care of itself.”


Coughlin added an insurance goal in the 60th minute when Emma Sukowoski dished a pass to Tona in the middle of two defenders. Tona went left this time to give Coughlin a 2-0 lead.


Lydia Lawson came with the Royals’ best opportunity to equalize a minute following Tona’s first goal. Lawson found an open shot and went high with her shot, allowing Jasmine Barretto to make one of her four saves on the game.


Led by Nora Fazzi, the Crusader defense slowed down a Holy Redeemer offense that came into Thursday’s match as one of the most potent offenses in the league. Fazzi spotted the Royals’ Lawson, limiting her to just one scoring chance.


“We move her around a lot. She’s our best marking back,” Spagnuolo said. “In the Pittston game, she marked Allie Barber and held her to one shot. Today, she marked Lydia Lawson, one of the big scorers in the league, and held her to a shot.”


Holy Redeemer’s defense kept the deficit at one with two nice defensive outputs following Tona’s first goal. Autumn Kaminski made a defensive save near the post on a corner kick chance in the 55th. In the 58th, Royal goalkeeper Gabby Tomasura saved a Megan Lercara shot for one of her 22 saves on the game.


The victory moved Coughlin (9-2) into sole possession of third place in the WVC. Holy Redeemer falls to 5-3-1 to remain in seventh place.


Wyoming Valley West 4, Lake-Lehman 2


The Spartans pulled an upset victory of Lake-Lehman with a four-goal first half effort. Alex Hargrave scored two goals, and Michaela Shonk produced a goal and an assist.


Wyoming Valley registered two goals in the final two minutes of the first half after Lake-Lehman’s Kaylee Hillard cut the 2-0 lead in half.


Shoshana Mahoney had a goal and an assist for the Black Knights.


Crestwood 7, Wyoming Area 1


Gabby Termini netted four goals and an assist in the Comets’ rout of the Warriors. Her sister Olivia Termini assisted on five goals. Natalie Sulkowski, Morgan Kile and Bree Fetterman also scored for Crestwood.


Caitlin Butchko made nine saves for the Warriors.


BOYS SOCCER


Coughlin 9, Meyers 0


Travis Keil scored three times and dished out three assists as the Crusaders rolled to victory. Frank Castellana added two goals and assisted on the game’s first score, recorded by Dave Marriggi, who later added an assist.


Meyers keeper Adam Casey recorded 10 of the team’s 14 saves.


Crestwood 3, Hazleton Area 0


Crestwood blanked Hazleton Area on Wednesday thanks to Lance Lysiak’s five saves. Casey Ritsick, Kyle Gegaris and Matt Wimpfheimer all scored for the Comets.


H.S. Girls Soccer


Coughlin 2, Holy Redeemer 0

Coughlin`0`2`—`2


Holy Redeemer`0`0`—`0


Second half — 1. COU, Mary Tona, 46th minute; 2. COU, Tona (Emma Sukowoski), 60th


Shots — COU 31; HR 6. Saves — COU 4 (Jasmine Barretto); HR 22 (Gabby Tomasura). Corners kicks — COU 8; HR 0.


Wyoming Valley West 4, Lake-Lehman 2

Lake-Lehman`1`1`—`2


Wyoming Valley West`4`0`—`4


First half — 1. WVW, Alex Hargrave (Elizabeth Hoffman), 2nd minute; 2. WVW, Alyssa Shaver (Holly Langley), 24th; 3. LL, Kaylee Hillard (Shoshana Mahoney), 36th; 4. WVW, Michaela Shonk (Alexis Pileggi), 39th; 5. WVW, Hargrave (Shonk), 40th; Second half — 6. LL, Mahoney, 66th


Shots — LL 11; WVW 14. Saves — LL 10 (Kaley Kishbaugh); WVW 9 (Paige Heckman). Corners kicks — LL 1; WVW 1


Crestwood 7, Wyoming Area 1

Wyoming Area`1`0`—`1


Crestwood`3`4`—`7


First half — 1. CRE, Gabby Termini (Grace Penney), 1st minute; 2. CRE, G. Termini (Olivia Termini), 13th; 3. CRE, G. Termini (O. Termini), 30th; 4. WA, Alee Petit (penalty kick), 35th. Second half — 5. CRE, Bree Fetterman (O. Termini), 42nd; 6. CRE, Morgan Kile (G. Termini), 44th; 7. CRE, Natalie Sulkowski (O. Termini), 70th; 8. CRE, G. Termini (O. Termini), 71st


Shots — WA 7; CRE 20. Saves — WA 9 (Caitlin Butchko); CRE 7 (Meg White). Corners kicks — WA 0; CRE 4


BOYS SOCCER

Coughlin 9, Meyers 0

Meyers`0`0`—`0


Coughlin`2`7`—`9


First half — 1. COU, Dave Marrigi (Frank Castellana), 25:21; 2. COU, Castellana (Travis Keil), 20:33. Second half — 3. COU, Keil, 36:03; 4. COU, Tom Sebia, 24:34; 5. COU, Keil, 21:04; 6. COU, Keil (Marrigi), 18:57; 7. COU, Junior Martinez (Keil), 17:30; 8. COU, Keil, 12:52; 9. COU, Aaron Wrobleski (Mark Donato), 6:49.


Shots — MEY 3; COU 26. Saves — MEY 14 (Adam Casey 10, Carlos Lopez 4); COU 3 (Steve Johnson). Corners kicks — MEY 0; COU 7


Crestwood 3, Hazleton Area 0

Crestwood`1`2`—`3


Hazleton Area`0`0`—`0


First half — 1. CRE, Casey Ritsick, 23rd minute. Second half — 2. CRE, Kyle Gegaris, 45th; 3. CRE, Matt Wimpfheimer, 65th


Shots — CRE 39; HAZ 5. Saves — CRE 5 (Lance Lysiak); HAZ 24 (Caleb Ancharski). Corners kicks — CRE 10; HAZ 3


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