HUGHESTOWN — Honesdale’s Brie Meyers scored her second goal of the game with 2:29 to play in regulation to tie it Thursday.
Then Clayre Smith slammed a shot into the cage with 29 seconds remaining in overtime as the Honesdale Hornets rallied for a 3-2 victory that left Pittston Area heartbroken.
The Patriots were five minutes, then four, then just three from securing a spot in the District 2 postseason. Smith and her Honesdale teammates snatched it away.
“We played a lot of sophomores this season, with the freshmen class, it definitely gets you excited, gets you ready for next season,” Pittston Area coach Caitlyn Hadzimichalis said. “It’s going to sting until then.”
The loss left 3-6-3 Pittston Area out of next week’s District 2 Class 3A playoffs and put 4-7-1 Delaware Valley in as the No.4 seed for a first-round meeting with top-seeded and 12-0 Coughlin. Wyoming Valley West and Hazleton Area will meet in the other Class 3A semifinal district game next week, while the Patriots barely missed out by finishing fifth behind those four playoff teams in the Wyoming Valley Conference Divsion 1.
And Pittston Area will wistfully wonder what the feeling of the postseason would have been like if it held onto one of the two leads the Patriots had in Thursday’s back-and-forth battle at the Pittston Area Primary Center.
“If we’d have won, we would have gotten in,” Hadzimichalis said. “A lot of sleepless nights from here until next season.”
Through much of the game, the Patriots seemed as if they’d be sleeping just fine.
Alana Platukus punched home the game’s first goal just 21 seconds in, and Pittston Area had the strong start it was looking for with a 1-0 lead.
It didn’t last, though, as Brie Meyers scored her first goal 10 minutes later and the teams went into halftime tied at 1-1.
Pittston Area took the lead little more than seven minutes into the second half, when Ali Dunn wound up and slammed home a go-ahead goal after a couple of kick-saves in the cage.
That held up until the final minutes, when Meyers took a feed from Smith and struck again, evening the score at 2-2 with 2:29 to play in regulation.
The ending left the Patriots with upset stomachs.
In the final moments of the 15-minute, seven-on-seven overtime, Smith stole away possession and charged down the field flanked by Meyers on a two-on-one break. She deked a Pittston Area defender, then rifled home the shot that broke Pittston Area’s hearts with less than a half-minute on the game clock.
“All eight of our seniors believed they were going to come in with a different attitude,” Hadzimichalis said. “It’s a shame I couldn’t help them get to that (postseason goal). We didn’t have that experience last year. We spent this year kind of learning how to win.”
Wyoming Area 10, Elk Lake 0
Bree Bednarski tallied four goals, Grace Gober and Gianna Gennetts each scored two and Jillian Spak and Bre Cannel each found the back of the cage once as Wyoming Area’s win on Thursday.
The Warriors registered 27 shots and held a 7-3 advantage in corners while Katie Wolfgang made four saves to get the shutout.
Wyoming Area 8, Abington Heights 0
Bree Bednarski hit the back of the cage four times and assisted on two while Jillian Spak scored three goals during Wyoming Area’s defeat of Abington Heights on Monday.
Grace Gober made a defensive save for the Warriors and the goalie tandem of Sam Holcomb and Katie Wolfgang made a combined eight saves to get the shutout.
Hazleton Area 10, Pittston Area 0
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Patriots were shut out by the Cougars.
Reach Paul Sokoloski at 570-991-6392 or on Twitter @ TLPaulSokoloski