Coach Mike Soskil makes a point of taking his soccer team to Lancaster County each spring for games against state-ranked opponents. This past weekend, the Lady Bucks split a pair of matches down south and came home wiser for the experience.
Wallenpaupack Area’s girls varsity soccer team posted a non-league split this past weekend while traveling in southeastern PA.
The Lady Bucks opened with a 3-1 loss at the hands of Lancaster County Day School on Friday, then bounced back Saturday with a 2-0 shutout of Lancaster Christian.
“We faced a couple of quality opponents and that’s why we go down there every year,” Coach Mike Soskil told TWI Sports. “I don’t think our girls were quite ready for the speed of the game. Overall, I’m pretty happy with how we played. It was a good experience.”
Paupack will be back on the pitch Thursday afternoon. Weather permitting, the local lasses are slated for a road trip to Wilkes Barre for a match against GAR. This Wyoming Valley Conference Division ‘B’ encounter kicks off at 4:15 p.m.
To date, Paupack boasts a 3-2 overall record (1-0, WVC).
Ups & Downs
On the heels of a dominating victory over Wyoming Area in their regular season debut, the Lady Bucks opened their mini-southern swing Friday with a match against LCDS.
Thanks to a quick goal off a penalty kick by Jillian Jansco, Coach Soskil’s girls took a 1-0 lead. That advantage didn’t last long, though. The home team hammered home two goals in the following eight minutes to take control of the match.
Paupack keepers Heather Michael & Kaysey Beury withstood a 35-shot barrage, making 32 saves along the way. The Lady Bucks had a hard time getting their offense in gear and squeezed off just four shots at LCDS goalie Vasiliki Barakos.
On Saturday, the local girls rebounded to post a solid win over Lancaster Christian.
The two teams played to a scoreless stalemate after one, but Paupack’s offense awakened in the second half.
Jillian Alderfer and Sara Olson led the charge with a goal apiece. Alderfer broke the ice by beating Lancaster Christian keeper Devon Butterworth for a 1-0 lead. The goal came at the 61:44 mark off a pass from Olson.
Sara tallied an insurance less than three minutes later. Olson took pass from Gina Boccia and banged the ball home. This score came with 24:02 gone in the second half and brought the final score to 2-0.
Michael went the distance in this one, stopping all three shots she faced. Paupack peppered the home goal with an eye-popping shots.