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JAY MONAHAN For The Times Leader

Dallas' Talia Szatkowski leads a rush upfield against Lake-Lehman during their WVC girls soccer match Wednesday night.
Dallas' Talia Szatkowski leads a rush upfield against Lake-Lehman during their WVC girls soccer match Wednesday night.
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LEHMAN TWP. — Naturally, the first team to score off Dallas in eight games received plenty of acclaim from the Mountaineers.

So after the Lake-Lehman girls soccer team gave the Mountaineers their first scare of its 2013 campaign, Dallas coach Abe Lewis was already thinking strategy for the next time the two teams face — in the District 2 Class 2A semifinal or final round next month.

Lewis’ prediction came after his Mountaineers fought off an aggressive Lake-Lehman squad in a 4-2 victory to remain the lone undefeated team in the Wyoming Valley Conference.

“I saw two teams that I see down the future in the playoffs,” Lewis said. “I don’t see any reason why Lake-Lehman and Dallas shouldn’t be a district championship game.”

Dallas found itself in trouble after Julia Hutsko gave the Black Knights a lead in the 18th minute from an Emily Sutton assist.

“Lake-Lehman is a good team,” Lewis said. “They have two or three of the better attacking players in the league. It’s really a challenge for any defense to face Lake-Lehman.”

The deficit was short-lived as Tiffany Zukosky set up a 20-yard Talia Szatkowski score to even it up at 1-1 apiece in the 23rd minute.

Just two minutes later, Ruby Mattson put the Mountaineers ahead with excellent ball control and flashy speed. Mattson bulleted down the sidelines, weaved around three defenders and the goalkeeper before punching in the eventual game-winning goal.

Zukosky assisted on her second goal in the 36th minute, shooting a ball from 16 yards out that the Lake-Lehman goalkeeper was unable to control. Ashley Strazdus knocked in the rebound to give Dallas a 3-1 lead.

“Our two forwards (Strazdus, Szatkowski) allow us to counter-attack on defense,” Lewis said. “We catch them off guard some times.”

Szatkowski provided the Mountaineers with a majestic set piece goal in the 46th minute. From 27 yards out, she found the top-right corner from the far side.

Lake-Lehman controlled possession for the majority of the second half after Hutsko produced her second goal on a misdirected Shoshana Mahoney shot in the 48th minute.

The Black Knights had several opportunities to cut the lead in half to no avail. Sutton was left wide open in the 52nd minute and lifted the ball over the post. In the 70th minute, Dallas goalkeeper Sidney Emershaw (15 saves) made a quick reaction save on a close range kick.

“They have some very good players who are able to control the ball that are more experienced and bigger in size than us,” Lewis said. “They took advantage of size and we had trouble winning the head balls.”

Wyoming Valley West 8, Meyers 0

Alyssa Shaver recorded two goals and had one assist in the Spartans shutout win.

Alex Hargrave contributed two scores to the victory.

Emmalie Langan made 17 saves in the net for the Mohawks.

Hazleton Area 5, Wyoming Seminary 3

After a 2-2 halftime tie, the Cougars outscored the Blue Knights 3-1 in the second half to earn the win. Josie Zapotosky scored two goals for Hazleton Area.

Wyoming Seminary was led by two goals and one assist by Bethany Carpenter.

Coughlin 7, Nanticoke 0

Mary Tona scored four of the Crusaders’ first five goals. Nora Fazzi finished with two goals and two assists. Megan Lercara contributed a goal and three assists. Emma Sukowoski assisted on two goals.

Alyssa Gurzynski made 12 saves for the Trojans.

Dallas 4, Lake-Lehman 2



First half — 1. LL, Julia Hutsko (Emily Sutton), 18th minute; 2. DAL, Talia Szatkowski (Tiffany Zukosky), 23rd; 3. DAL, Ruby Mattson, 25th; 4. DAL Ashley Strazdus (Zukosky), 36th. Second half — 5. DAL, Szatkowski, 46th; 6. LL Hutsko (Shoshana Mahoney), 49th.

Shots — DAL 26; LL 24. Saves — DAL 15 (Sidney Emershaw); LL 18 (Kaley Kishbaugh). Corner kicks — DAL 5; LL 4

Hazleton Area 5, Wyoming Seminary 3

Hazleton Area`2`3`—`5

Wyoming Seminary`2`1`—`3

First half — 1. SEM Bethany Carpenter, 39:23; 2. HAZ Madison Lohr (Madison Polumbo), 29:02; 3. HAZ Ali McCann (Abby Sachs), 27:17; 4. SEM Carpenter, 24:43; Second half — 5. HAZ Josie Zapotosky (Emily Malone), 15:58; 6. Zapotosky (Polumbo), 11:01; 7. SEM Natalie Meagher (Carpenter), 7:33; 8. HAZ Zapotosky, 6:54.

Shots — HAZ 18; SEM 23. Saves — HAZ 30 (Haley Wilkinson); SEM 7 (Meera Patel). Corner kicks — HAZ 6; SEM 1.

Coughlin 7, Nanticoke 0



First half — 1. COU, Mary Tona (Megan Lercara), 11th minute; 2. COU, Tona (Emma Sukowoski), 28th; 3. COU, Tona (Nora Fazzi), 30th; 4. COU, Lercara (Fazzi), 39th. Second half — 5. COU, Tona (Sukowoski), 45th; 6. COU, Fazzi (Lercara), 51th; 7. COU, Fazzi (Lercara), 55th.

Shots — NAN 4; COU 20. Saves — NAN 12 (Alyssa Gurzynski); COU 2 (Jasmine Baretto). Corner kicks — NAN 0; COU 5.

Wyoming Valley West 8, Meyers 0

Wyoming Valley West`6`2`—`0


First half — 1. WVW Alex Hargrave (Alyssa Shaver), 31:05; 2. WVW Holly Langley (Elizabeth Hoffman), 25:12; 3. WVW Shaver, 13:10; 4. WVW Shaver (Alexis Pileggi), 11:32; 5. WVW Langley (Summer McDonnell), 8:16; 6. WVW Hargrave, 1:19; Second half — 7. WVW Carisa Bevan (Caitlin Westerholm), 24:35; 8. WVW Westerholm, 8:33.

Shots — WVW 25; MEY 6. Saves — WVW 6 (Carisa Bevan, Paige Heckman, Alyssa Simmers); MEY 17 (Emmalie Langan). Corner kicks — WVW 2; MEY 5.

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