cheap polo clothes for men Wyoming Valley West drives their Mercedes to victory
HAZLETON A constant and cold rain never did blur the focus of Mercedes Jasterzenski and her Wyoming Valley West teammates.
They simply had their sights set on atoning for a spoiled season opener.
Jasterzenski scored the game first goal Thursday, then assisted on two other scores as the Spartans avenged their first loss of the season by handling Hazleton Area, 4 2 at rain soaked Harman Geist Stadium.
the game, our team was really excited on the bus, Jasterzenski said. beat us last time. We have two big rivals, Coughlin and Hazleton. We knew they were the biggest teams to compete with. on.
The victory pushed 5 2 Wyoming Valley West into second place in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1, two games behind 7 0 Coughlin and one half game ahead to 4 2 Hazleton Area as the regular season heads toward the homestretch.
Maybe more importantly, a Valley West team that returned just two starters from last year District 2 Class 3A championship team served notice that it intends to stick around and make a push for another postseason run this time around.
a great team, Valley West coach Linda Fithian said. was a nice game for both teams. first meeting wasn so nice for the Spartans.
A rebuilding Valley West team dropped its first game of the regular season, 3 2, at Spartan Stadium, leaving the conference wondering if a new challenger was emerging to battle defending Division 1 champ Coughlin this season. But the Spartans scored the last two goals of that opener to make the final score close, then resolved to build off that momentum in Thursday rematch.
scored those two goals at the end, but it was too late, Jasterzenski said. wanted to come out and score first. made sure they did.
Less than three minutes in, Jasterzenski struck from the right corner, taking a feed from Foto Tsioles and depositing it into a cage for a 1 0 Spartans lead.
And although Hazleton Area came right back and tied it on Kara Sanford goal, Jasterzenski and the Spartans kept pressuring the Hazleton Area circle.
Jasterzenski registered an assist on a goal by Madison Woods that gave Valley West a 2 1 lead 3:25 before halftime, and after Megan Reed unassisted goal for the Cougars tied it, Jasterzenski set up Irelynd Sullivan for the go ahead goal just 63 seconds into the second half. Sullivan added an insurance goal little more than three minutes later, and the Spartans surged into second place.
As for the game long rain, it never did dampen the spirits of the Spartans.
they love playing in the rain, Fithian said. no big deal, especially since we on turf. when revenge against a rival is on the line.
I didn even notice the rain, Jasterzenski said. goggles helped, and my turf shoes kept pretty good traction. I was cold in the beginning, but once you get playing, you really get the game in your mind. Kalie Reed picked up an assist on the second Crusaders goal and goaltender M Lee made two saves during the game.
Annsley Dicton scored two goals and registered an assist and Leah Muller added a goal and two assists as the Royals rolled to their fourth consecutive league victory.
Dicton scored two goals in the second half to help put the game away. Abby Strucker scored 3:36 into the game to give the Royals a lead they never relinquished.
Honesdale 4, Wallenpaupack 2
Ally Meyer scored twice in the second half and Clayre Smith punched home the put away goal in Honesdale victory.
Alyssa Watson gave Wallenpaupack a 2 1 lead with a goal before halftime, but Meyer scored an unassisted goal and off a feed from Smith during a 98 second span late in the second half.
Wyoming Valley West 4, Hazleton Area 2
Wyoming Valley West22 Area20 half 1. WVW, Mercedes Jasterzenski (Foto Tsioles) 2:50; 2. HAZ, Kara Sanford 4:24; 3. WVW, Madison Woods (Jasterzenski) 16:35; 4. HAZ, Megan Reed 17:20. Second half 5. WVW, Irelynd Sullivan (Jasterzenski) 1:03; 6. WVW, Sullivan (Tsioles) 4:08.
Shots WVW 16; HAZ 2. Saves WVW 0 (Nikki Hartzel); HAZ 12 (Margaret Fulton). Penalty corners WVW 6; HAZ 3.
Coughlin 3, Delaware 1
Delaware Valley10 half 1. DV, Lyndsay Floystad (Maecy Chlebowski), 24:20. 2. COU, Brigid Wood, 7:54. 3. COU, Wood (Kalie Reed), 1:38. Second half 4. COU, Wood, 5:51.