H.S. Field Hockey: Jillian Spak gets Wyoming Area out to strong start

By Paul Sokoloski - psokoloski@timesleader.com | September 28th, 2015 10:06 pm

EXETER — Maybe she’ll never achieve true perfection.

But the opening few minutes on Monday, Jillian Spak probably couldn’t have gotten much better.

Spak scored two goals in the opening six minutes and Bree Bednarski iced the victory with two goals in the second half as Wyoming Area controlled Northwest, 5-2 in a Wyoming Valley Conference field hockey battle between two teams trying to stay alive in division races.

“Like our coach says, every game you go into, no matter what their record is, you don’t let up,” Spak said.

Good advice.

And Spak took it to heart from the start.

Just under two minutes in, she deflected Bednarski’s setup shot into the goal for a quick Warriors lead. Little more than four minutes later, Spak answered Northwest’s game-tying goal by taking a pass from Emilie Wanko and finding the back of the cage for a 2-1 Wyoming Area advantage.

The Rangers, who fell to 1-2 in the WVC Division 4 and a game behind Wyoming Seminary, never really recovered from Spak’s strong start - even as Wyoming Area missed out on a few more opportunities - and had to fend off a couple of Northwest surges - the rest of the way.

“With every game, it’s like we never play a perfect game,” said Spak, who helped Wyoming Area improve to 6-2 and remain a game behind Lake-Lehman in the WVC Division 2. “In my opinion, you can never truly play a perfect game. There’s always room for improvement.

“There’s stuff to work on.”

Northwest worked a tie when Haidyn Webber scord in the fifth minute of the game, but it didn’t take long for the Warriors to answer.

Wanko scored later in the first half, then Bednarski scored the first of her two goals less than 10 minutes into the second half to give Wyoming Area breathing room.

“They’re a really, really good team,” Wyoming Area coach Chris Comiskey said. “We just want to come out and play our game every single time.”

Northwest’s Amber Miller and Bednarski exchanged goals in the final 97 seconds, but it all started for the Warriors with the attack by Spak.

“Jillian’s really good,” Comiskey said. “She moves fast down the field. That’s what she did last year, but this year she’s learning more about the game. Every time she comes off, she’s asking questions, eager to learn.”

Wyoming Seminary 2, Nanticoke Area 0

Aubrey Mytych scored both goals during a five-minute span of the second half and Alexis Sokach saved all three shots against her as the Blue Knights posted a shutout.

Kelsey Reznick assisted on Sem’s first goal, while Kate Romanowski added an assist on the second score.

Crestwood 14, Berwick 1

Lizzy Dessoye and Ashleigh Thomas each scored a pair of goals in the first half to keep the unbeaten Comets rolling.

Thomas added a pair of assists, while Mackenzie Kile and Jordan Olenginksi both finished with a goal and an assist.

Kiersten Bertollo scored for Berwick in the second half. She was assisted by Sammi Starr.

Holy Redeemer 11, Elk Lake 0

Leah Mullery scored three goals and three of her Royals teammates scored twice as Redeemer won going away.

Abby Shorts, Mckenna Dolan and Leah Mullery scored goals in the final two minutes of the first half to crack the game open.

Dolan, Abby Shorts and Annsley Dicton all finished with two goals for the Royals. Dicton and Abby Stucker both recorded a pair of assists.

Meyers 6, GAR 0

Betsy Macko’s hat trick helped lead the Mohawks over crosstown rival GAR.

Rounding out the scoring for the Mohawks were Madyson Davies, Kendra Krolick, and Meghan Morris. Macko, Morris, Davies and Selena Soto were also credited with assists.

Lackawanna Trail 8, Hanover Area 2

Elizabeth Rodenbach netted three goals while Lauren Beener and Courtney Dwyer scored two as Lackawanna Trail received markers from four different players in their victory over Hanover Area.

Hanover Area got on the board in the second half thanks to Karly Bennett and Brooke Stevens, but was unable to mount any sustained offense.

Dallas 6, Abington Heights 0

Samantha Banks scored two goals while Jolee Treslar and Maddie Kelley each scored a goal and recorded an assist as Dallas shut out Abington Heights. Hannah Yanovith and Mikaika Chakon tallied the other two goals for the Mountaineers.

Olivia Mendo and Ashlyn Fitzgerald, the Abington Heights goal-tending duo, made a combined 14 saves during the contest.

Wyoming Area 5, Northwest 2


Wyoming Area`3`2`—`5

First half — 1. WA, Jillian Spak (Bree Bednarski) 1:51; 2. NW, Haidyn Webber (Reilly Bialko) 4:50; 3. WA, Spak (Emilie Wanko) 5:59; 4. WA, Wanko (Madison Beppler) 12:40. Second half — 5. WA, Bednarski (Ally Bresnahan) 9:42; 6. NW, Amber Miller (Liz Gurzynski) 28:23; 7. WA, Bednarski (Madison Mulhern) 29:47.

Shots — NW 10; WA 13. Saves — NW 8 (Jackie Jones); WA 8 (Katie Wolfgang). Penalty corners — NW 5; WA 7.

Wyoming Seminary 2, Nanticoke Area 0

Wyoming Seminary`0`2`-`2

Nanticoke Area`0`0`-`0

Second half - 1. SEM, Aubry Mytych (Kelsey Reznick); 2. SEM, Mytych (Kate Romanowski).

Shots - SEM 14; NAN 3. Saves - SEM 3 (Alexis Sokach); NAN 12 (Janan Trotter). Penalty corners - SEM 7; NAN 3.

Crestwood 14, Berwick 1



First Half - 1. CRE, Jordan Olenginski (Lizzy Dessoye) 1:11; 2. CRE, Lizzy Dessoye (Cre) 4:19; 3. CRE, Ashleigh Thomas 4:19; 4. CRE, Hannah Ackers 7:47; 5. CRE, Sarah Macko 8:28; 6. CRE, Lauren Rowski (Thomas) 9:46; 7. CRE, Dessoye (Ackers) 11:15; 8. CRE, Thomas (Olenginski) 12:24; 9. CRE, Mackenzie Kile (Thomas) 14:12; 10. CRE, Katie Karpinski (Kile) 17:48; 11. CRE, Gwyn Shermanski 16:24; 12. CRE, Nicole Paranich (Gwyn Shermanski) 17:19; 13. CRE, Arden Morgans (Morghan Murphy) 18:08. Second Half - 14. BER, Kiersten Bertollo (Sammie Starr) 4:11; 15. CRE, Abby Zaleppa (Brianna Hischak) 28:45.

Shots - CRE 42; BER 2. Saves - CRE 1 (Marlee Dillon 1, Kaitlyn Roberts 0, Eryn Venesky 0); BER 28 (Becca Decker). Penalty Corners - CRE 6; BER 3.

Holy Redeemer 11, Elk Lake 0

Elk Lake`0`0`-`0

Holy Redeemer`4`7`-`11

First half - 1. HR, Annsley Dicton (Abby Stucker) 9:43; 2. HR, Abby Shorts, 28:04; 3. HR, Mckenna Dolan (Kayla Kruk) 28:39; 4. HR, Leah Mullery 29:26. Second Half - 5. HR, Mullery 0:29; 6. HR, Shorts (Stucker) 3:40; 7. HR, Dolan (Dicton) 4:50; 8. HR, Kruk 8:39; 9. HR, Mullery 12:50; 10. HR, Mallory Jones (Dicton) 16:20; 11. HR, Dicton 21:10

Shots - EL 1; HR 23. Saves - EL 12 (Abby Hand); HR 1 (Bailey Janowski). Penalty corners - EL 1; HR 18

Meyers 6, GAR 0



First half - 1. MEY, Madyson Davies (Betsy Macko) 2:24; 2. MEY, Kendra Krolick (Davies) 3:43; 3. MEY, Macko (Meghan Morris) 4:15: 4. MEY, Morris (Selena Soto) 8:43; 5. MEY, Macko (Davies) 25:13. 27:36. Second half - 6. MEY, Macko 10:35.

Shots - GAR 2; MEY 26; Saves - GAR 20 (Brittany Vital 3, Samara McDaniels 17); MEY 2 (Cameron Daughtry).

Lackawanna Trail 8, Hanover Area 2

Lackawanna Trail`6`2`—`8

Hanover Area`0`2`—`2

First half — 1. LT, Cali Faquieri 1:42; 2. LT, Courtney Dwyer (Faquieri) 3:29; 3. LT, Elizabeth Rodenbach (Madison Lee) 10:55; 4. LT, Lauren Beener (Lauren Baldwin) 17:00; 5. LT, Beener 23:23; 6. LT, Rodenbach (Jordan Laytos) 17”54. Second half — 7. HAN, Karly Bennett (Morgan Korba) 3:11; 8. HAN, Brooke Stevens 14:54; 9. LT, Rodenbach 17:30; 10. LT, Dwyer (Beener) 18:39.

Shots — LT 18; HAN 4. Saves — LT 3; HAN 10 (Christina Kratz). Penalty corners — LT 5; HAN 4.

Dallas 6, Abington Heights 0

Abington Heights`0`0`—`0


First half — 1. DAL, Jolee Treslar 2:46; 2. DAL, Hannah Yanovich 14:26;. Second half — 3. DAL, Mikaila Chakon 5:08; 4. DAL, Maddie Kelley (Treslar) 7:09; 5. DAL, Samantha Banks (Kelley) 10:48; 6. DAL, Banks 18:49.

Shots — AH 0; DAL 25. Saves — AH 14 (Olivia Mendo, Ashlyn Fitzgerald); DAL 0 (Melinda Ratchford). Penalty corners — AH 1; DAL 9.

Wyoming Area’s Jillian Spak moves close to the goal as Northwest defender Alicia Carr tries to block during a WVC high school lacrosse game on Monday.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_wa_nw1_faa1.jpgWyoming Area’s Jillian Spak moves close to the goal as Northwest defender Alicia Carr tries to block during a WVC high school lacrosse game on Monday.
Wyomings Area’s Lexi Crossley pushes the ball up field as Northwest’s Haidyn Weber pursues.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_wa_nw3_faa1.jpgWyomings Area’s Lexi Crossley pushes the ball up field as Northwest’s Haidyn Weber pursues.
Northwest’s Alicia Carr goes for the ball as she blocks Wyoming Area’s Abby Gober.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_wa_nw4_faa1.jpgNorthwest’s Alicia Carr goes for the ball as she blocks Wyoming Area’s Abby Gober.
Wyoming Area’s Emilie Wanko passes the ball away from Northwest’s Molly Mazur.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_wa_nw5_faa1.jpgWyoming Area’s Emilie Wanko passes the ball away from Northwest’s Molly Mazur.
Benarski adds two late goals to seal Wyoming Area’s fifth win

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