WEST PITTSTON — Ten minutes into the first half, Wyoming Area head coach Chris Comiskey wasn’t liking how his Warriors were playing against rival Pittston Area.
After a timeout, Wyoming Area was finally able to get going against the Patriots.
Lauren Parente scored two goals within two minutes of each other out of the timeout, and Grace Angelella added a pair in the second half as the Warriors slipped past Pittston Area, 5-1, in a Wyoming Valley Conference cross-over game Friday at the Atlas Complex in West Pittston.
“They were a little stale out there and they were going through the motions,” Comiskey said. “Our game consists of little passes and finding the open person.”
The win puts Wyoming Area at 2-4, while Pittston Area drops to 1-4.
It’s been an interesting start to the season for Wyoming Area. The Warriors have played three overtime games this season, including a 4-3 overtime win against Honesdale to start the week, and fell to Lake-Lehman, 7-1, on Wednesday. Either way, Comiskey hopes those tight games will help his Warriors once postseason play starts in October.
“As long as you get better each game we’re good,” Comiskey said. “We have put all of those close losses behind and we have to put our head down and go to work.”
Comiskey said his players weren’t passing the ball like they should early in the first half. Instead of matriculating the ball down the field, the Warriors were going for the long ball. The patience paid off or their first goal.
Parente’s opening goal came with 11 minutes to play in the first half. She received a pass from Emilee Wanko after the Warriors possessed the ball from midfield. Parente slipped the shot past Pittston Area’s Shelby Gardner.
“We go over a lot of that in practice,” Comiskey said of the play in front of the cage. “It was nice to see them get that in there.”
It was like deja vu for Pittston Area two minutes later. Wanko once again found Parente on nearly the identical play for Wyoming Area’s second goal.
Wanko would get into the goal-scoring act when she found the cage off a pass from Angelella two minutes later.
Angelella’s pair of goals came from shots outside the zone. Each of her blasts hit the cage with authority early in the second half.
Pittston Area would get in the act late in the game.
With just over four minutes to play, Bailey Jordan cleaned up a mess in front of Wyoming Area keeper Katie Wolfgang. Jordan found the back of the cage and got the Patriots on the board.
Wolfgang finished with five saves, while Gardner finished with 10. The Warriors had 20 shots to Pittston Area’s five.
Pittston Area 5, Tunkhannock 0
Pittston Area got a pair of goals from Hannah Robbins in a win over Tunkhannock on Monday.
Also scoring for Pittston Area were Ali Dunn, Nina Cirelli and Taylor Gaurneri.
Wyoming Area 4, Honesdale 3 (OT)
Emilie Wanko scored off a feed from Grace Angelella with 77 seconds into overtime as the Warriors finally cracked the win column after a tough-luck start on Monday.
Lexi Crossley and Kari Melberger had goals in the first half to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead at the half, but Honesdale took a 3-2 lead in the second half on a Katie Price score. Wanko assisted on the tying goal, a shot from Wyoming Area’s Lauren Parente that evened the scored 3-3 with 14:05 remaining in regulation that sent the teams to an extra session.
Wallenpaupack 4, Pittston Area 1
Pittston Area’s Bailey Jordan scored midway through the first half to tie the game, but the Buckhorns scored three straight goals to get the win on Wednesday.
Lake-Lehman 7, Wyoming Area 1
Under the lights at Lake-Lehman on Wednesday, Wyoming Area’s Lexi Crossley scored the Warriors’ lone goal with no time on the clock in a loss to the Black Knights.
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