Gallagher returns for all-star soccer game, assists on two goals

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
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KINGSTON – Erica Gallagher missed out on finishing her senior season at Wyoming Area when she suffered a concussion in the regular-season finale, costing her a chance to play in two playoff games.

Gallagher made it back on to the field one last time Monday night for the Wyoming Valley Conference Coaches Senior Classic at Nesbitt Stadium.

With Gallagher assisting on two first-half goals, the Red got off to a fast start before falling to the Blue, 9-5, in the second game of the doubleheader at Nesbitt Stadium.

“Just knowing that this would be my last (high school) game, it was very important to me,” said Gallagher, who hopes to continue playing soccer in college.

Gallagher’s pass split the middle of the Blue defense and sent all-stater Mackenzie Love from Lake-Lehman in on a breakaway to get the Red out to a 2-0 lead 7:23 into the first of two 45-minute halves.

The Red tied the game for the last time at 4-4 with 14:42 left in the half, with help from Gallagher.

Morgan Luksic from Holy Redeemer sent a long pass ahead to Gallagher on the right side and she crossed the ball to Wyoming Valley West’s Tiffany Michalek, who scored.

The senior all-star game brought Gallagher back together with some of her youth travel soccer teammates from the Wyoming Valley Soccer Club, including Allie Pileggi from Wyoming Valley West, Hallie Jenkins, Lexi Conklin, Amanda Ayers and Kyra Apaliski from Lake-Lehman and Emily Bush from Holy Redeemer.

“It was definitely fun to be able to play with my old travel teammates,” Gallagher said. “It was fun to be able to get back together with them and play with them again.”

The wide-open game was an entertaining and fun contest, at least for offensive-minded players.

“Toward the end, it didn’t matter who won as long as we were all together and having a good time,” Gallagher said.

Pittston Area’s Anjelica Singer also played for the Red in the game.

BOYS GAME

Pittston Area had five players on the Red team, which lost to the Blue, 9-3, in the boys game to open the doubleheader.

Mike Mikitish, Dominic Stella, Shane Syms, Arthur Menichini and Nick Barbieri represented the Patriots in the game.

GIRLS COACHES’ TEAM

Three Wyoming Area players were selected first-team Division 2 all-stars when the WVC girls coaches named their all-star team.

Gallagher, junior Aleah Kranson and sophomore Abby Yatsko were the Lady Warriors selected to the team.

Annie Bagnall, a Holy Redeemer sophomore who lives in the Wyoming Area School District, also made the first team.

Junior Sydni Johnson and sophomores Caitlyn McDonough and Tierney Porfirio represented Wyoming Area on the second team.

The Lady Warriors also placed junior Lauren Kelly, sophomores Amanda McCormick, Sarah McCormick and Carley Yuhas and freshman Christina Kosco on the honorable mention list.

Pittston Area had four players selected to the second team in Division 2 – juniors Jenna Smith, Nicole Mayers and Grace Mimnaugh and freshman Brynne McGoff.

Singer, a senior, and juniors Brooklyn Pedana, Caroline Wesp and Alysha Smigiel received honorable mention.

BOYS COACHES’ TEAM

Pittston Area’s Syms and Kyle Mlodzienski were both first-team Division 1 all-stars when the WVC boys coaches named their all-star team.

Mikitish and Stella from Pittston Area as well as Casey Orlando and Adam Wisneski from Wyoming Area were named to the division’s second team.

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By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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