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Scranton Prep senior and Jenkins Township resident Elana Falcone, front, center, signs her National Letter of Intent to play women's soccer at Temple University. From left, first row, are Sue Falcone, Elana Falcone, Sam Falcone. Seconbd row, Scranton Prep president Father Keller SJ, Athletic Director Scott Gower, Scranton Prep girls soccer coach Doug Knieser, King's College women's soccer coach Frank Carrozza and Scranton Prep principal Matt Bernard.
Scranton Prep senior and Jenkins Township resident Elana Falcone, front, center, signs her National Letter of Intent to play women's soccer at Temple University. From left, first row, are Sue Falcone, Elana Falcone, Sam Falcone. Seconbd row, Scranton Prep president Father Keller SJ, Athletic Director Scott Gower, Scranton Prep girls soccer coach Doug Knieser, King's College women's soccer coach Frank Carrozza and Scranton Prep principal Matt Bernard.
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She’s played for the Pittston Stoners, the Albertson Fury, the Long Island Fury and the Scranton Prep Classics. Now, she’s officially a member of the Temple Owls.


Jenkins Township resident Elana Falcone signed her National Letter of Intent to play women’s soccer for Temple University Tuesday at Scranton Prepatory School.


Although Falcone was verbally committed to the school for some time now, she’s happy it’s official and a little weight can be lifted from her shoulders.


“My commitment was definitely a weight off my shoulders, but this is much bigger,” she said. “It’s official now. It’s exciting.”


Falcone’s list of high school achievements is overwhelming. At Prep, Falcone broke the school’s scoring record, finishing her career with 84 goals and 31 assists. She is a four-time Lackawanna League All-Star and a two-time Times-Tribune Player of the Year. Recently, Falcone was selected to the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team.


With Falcone at the helm, Scranton Prep won three consecutive PIAA District 2 championships and made two straight appearances in the PIAA quarterfinals. The Classics won two straight Lackawanna League titles with Falcone.


The Prep senior was accompanied by her parents, along with just about every soccer player in the school, for her signing. She said the support means a lot to her.


“It’s really important for me that they were here from the beginning,” Falcone said. “It was great seeing everyone here and I couldn’t thank them enough.”


For the past few years, Falcone has been a member of the Albertson Fury, a team in the Elite Clubs National League. Under coach Paul Riley, coach of the Long Island Fury of the Women’s Premier Soccer League, Falcone has flourished. The Fury were the 2012-13 U17 North American League National Champions.


Falcone is currently ranked No. 11 in the New York Region by TopDrawerSoccer.com. She has a 4-star rating.


The Owls finished their 2013 campaign with a 3-0 loss to Southern Methodist University in the American Athletic Conference tournament recently.


Temple finished the season 6-12-1 (1-8-0 in the AAC).


“When I committed to Temple, I knew they weren’t near the top of the conference,” Falcone said. “The most important thing to me is building a program. And I think I can fit right in and do whatever the coach wants me to do.”


Falcone will be stepping in on the struggling Owls under first-year head coach Seamus O’Connor. O’Connor has seen Falcone play, and it’s not just what she brings to the team on the field that has him excited.


That’s something Scranton Prep coach Doug Kneiser has seen in his star player for the past four seasons.


“They are getting a girl that knows the game and can put the ball in the back of the net,” he said. “She can do a little bit of everything.”


And it’s bittersweet for him to lose such a talented player.


“She’s been fantastic,” he said. “There is never any ego about it with her. She goes out, has fun and plays her game. It’s been a joy to watch her for these four years.”


A daughter of Sam and Sue Falcone, Falcone has two sisters, Tianna, a freshman at Misericordia University; and Angelina, a seventh-grader at Holy Rosary School. Both are also soccer players.

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