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DAVE ROSENGRANT drosengrant@timesleader.com

Wyoming Area's Brian Wisowaty (No. 3) tries to keep control of the ball as Nanticoke's Ben Sersen (23) closes in.
Wyoming Area's Brian Wisowaty (No. 3) tries to keep control of the ball as Nanticoke's Ben Sersen (23) closes in.
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WYOMING — It’s been a long time since the Wyoming Area boys soccer team had a winning season. Since 2005 to be exact.

But after Friday’s 2-0 win over Nanticoke in Wyoming Valley Conference Division III action, the Warriors are just one victory away this season from finally getting over the hump. They now have a 6-3-2 record with four games left on the slate in the regular season.

Friday’s win was also the second time the Warriors defeated fellow division contender Nanticoke (4-3-0) this season after a 2-1 win earlier this month. The only other time the teams could face off is if they are both tied for the division lead after every game has been played and a tiebreaker is needed.

“It’s pretty exciting, I must say. This team hasn’t had a winning record in a long time and we’re just happy to be the ones to do it,” said Warriors senior Gared Zaboski, who scored both goals on Friday afternoon.

Wyoming Area made the most of its opportunities early on managing just two chances but striking the back of the net, beating Nanticoke keeper Carmelo Pioquinto both times.

On the first try, Zaboski took a pass from Brian Wisowaty stormed past Nanticoke defenders then gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead at the 33:05 mark. Almost exactly 10 minutes later, Zaboski was at it again on Wyoming Area’s second chance. This time the assist was credited to Josh Donvito, who fed the ball to Zaboski and he nailed it in from about 20 yards out.

“I got great passes from my two teammates and I got lucky enough to put it in the net,” Zaboski said. “I think their goalie came out a little bit too far and I took advantage of it.”

Meanwhile, Nanticoke was getting chances but not finishing. The Trojans — who are credited with victories over Division II’s Wyoming Seminary and Holy Redeemer, two teams the Warriors lost to — outshot Wyoming Area 8-5 in the first half and 18-8 overall.

In the first 40 minutes, the majority of Nanticoke’s shots weren’t on goal. The Trojans started to get good shots late in the first half and then in the second. But it seemed like when they did, Warriors’ keeper Aaron Carter was standing on his head making saves. On the afternoon, the senior Carter made 10 saves.

Carter also got help from the Warriors defense, which kept one of Nanticoke’s standouts, Ed Lukowski, off-balance for the entire game. The sophomore Lukowski only managed to get off a handful of good shots all afternoon.

Even when the shifty Pioquinto moved to striker with 22 minutes left in the second half in an attempt to spark the Nanticoke offense, Wyoming Area’s defense clamped down.

“We put the same four guys back there and they play a zone defense and they play smart soccer,” Wyoming Area interim coach Mike Sokolas said. “They know what to do. The defense is the backbone of this team.”

The season is nowhere close to being over for Nanticoke, as it hasn’t even hit the midway part of its season with eight games remaining on the schedule. The team has played the teams that are expected to be the top teams in Division II and hasn’t even played fellow Division III squads MMI, GAR or Berwick at all yet.

Wyoming Area’s four remaining opponents are Division III’s Berwick and MMI along with Meyers and Tunkhannock from D-II. Sokolas is hoping his team doesn’t have a hangover after the big win over the Trojans like when the team tied a two-win Hanover Area team twice.

“To beat (Nanticoke) twice, that’s a good team. They’re well-coached. To beat them twice is an accomplishment,” Sokolas said. “We are set up nice, but we still have work to do. We can’t just stop.”

Hanover Area 6, Berwick 1

The Hawkeyes scored three goals in each half to come away with the win.

Dylan Luzny scored three goals while Dominic Gagliardi and Paul Roman had two assists each.

Junior Ramos scored Berwick’s only goal.

GAR 6, MMI Prep 1

Jeffry Vergara had two goals while Edwin Vergara had one goal with two assists in the Grenadiers win.

The Preppers were led by one score from James Gabrielle.

Tunkhannock 3, Lake-Lehman 1

Tied 1-1 after the first half the Tigers scored two more goals to earn the win.

Aidan Cronin had two scores and one assist in the victory.

Nick Wnuk had one score for the Black Knights.



Wyoming Area 2, Nanticoke 0

Nanticoke `0`0`—`0

Wyoming Area`2`0`—`2

First half — 1. WA, Gared Zaboski (Brian Wisowaty) 33:05; 2. WA, Zaboski (Josh Donvito) 23:08.

Shots — NAN 18; WA 8. Saves — NAN 4 (Carmelo Pioquinto); WA 10 (Aaron Carter). Corner kicks — NAN 4; WA 2.

Hanover Area 6, Berwick 1

Hanover Area`3`3`—`6


First half — 1. HAN Dylan Luzny (Dominic Gagliardi), 35:49; 2. HAN Gagliardi (David Williams), 16:28; 3. HAN Mat Clemons (Brandon Bailey, Gagliardi), 9:40; Second half — 4. BER Junior Ramos (Jose Umana), 25:24; 5. SEM Luzny (Paul Roman), 16:03; 6. Luzny (Roman), 13:43; 7. HAN Anthony Eck (John Morgan), 8:30.

Shots — HAN 30; BER 8. Saves — HAN 5 (Joseph Gagliardi); BER 14 (Morgan Broyan). Corner kicks — HAN 5; BER 2.

Tunkhannock 3, Lake-Lehman 1



First half — 1. TUNK Aidan Cronin (Luke Curver), 11:00; 2. LL Nick Wnuk (Mike Symeon), 16:00; Second half — 3. TUNK Drew Tinna (Cronin), 60:00; 3. Cronin (Brian Ly), 62:00.

Shots — LL 13; TUNK 14. Saves — LL 7 (Collin Masters); TUNK 8 (Zac Daniels). Corner kicks — LL 2; TUNK 2.

GAR 6, MMI Prep 1

MMI Prep`0`1`—`1


First half — 1. GAR Joharky Santos (Edwin Vergara), 27:01; 2. GAR Edwin Vergara (Tony Tlatenchi), 21:22; 3. Santos (Paige Elmy), 14:10; Second half — 4. MMI James Gabrielle (Nicholas Vilov), 33:56; 5. Jeffrey Vergara (Jesus Tlatenchi), 34:17; 6. GAR Pedro Chery (Edwin Vergara), 36:20; 7. Jeffrey Vergara, 38:00.

Saves — MMI 8 (TJ Jankouskas); GAR 11 (Tino Atlavilla). Corner kicks — MMI 2; GAR 3.

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