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Lady Warriors ready to take next step

Lady Patriots could ‘surprise’ some teams

Pittston Area soccer captaions, from left to right, Kaylene Suthkowski and Sara Kielbasa

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Wyoming Area soccer captains, from left to right, Katie Scalzo and Megan Yurek.

A year after earning a spot in the District 2 Class 2A playoff, Wyoming Area is looking to take another step forward under new coach Mike Pryor.

Pryor had played soccer for four years at West Chester University before becoming an assistant coach at Wilkes University and with the USTA soccer academy. His soccer background will provide the Lady Warriors with a wealth of knowledge as well as a tactical advantage throughout the season.

And Wyoming Area will take full advantage of that.

The Lady Warriors return eight seniors, including 2010 Wyoming Valley Conference Division C First-Team All-Star Katie Scalzo, and have a legitimate shot of winning the division.

"We have a lot of seniors so we are excited about the talent this year," said Pryor.

Among the remaining seniors, WA will look to Goalkeeper Megan Yurek and defender Michelle Gitkos to pace the defense, while striker Kourtney Schwerdtman and midfielder Sarah Mack pace the offense with Scalzo.

Junior defender Jenna Skrinak is the top returning underclassmen.

Wyoming Area will play in the WVC Division III with Meyers, GAR, Freeland MMI and Tunkhannock.

On the East Side, Pittston Area is looking to improve greatly after playing in WVC Division B last season. This year the Lady Patriots are in WVC Division IV with Honesdale, North Pocono, Hanover and Wyoming Seminary.

If the Lady Patriots are going to have success this season they will have to rely on a talented group of underclassmen to fill the stat sheet while the seniors provide the necessary leadership.

Those seniors are Kaylene Sutkowski and Sara Kielbasa.

“The seniors and returning players have been setting a great example for the younger players," said PA Head Coach Nicole Tieso who is entering her third season at the helm. “If the younger players continue to follow the lead of the returning players, I believe that we could have a successful season and surprise some teams."

After Sutkowski and Kielbasa, just three players have varsity experience. Junior Daniele Fereck and Sarah Kosik, and sophomore Liz Mikitish also return.

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