Western Wayne's girls soccer team came within a whisker of winning its first-ever Lackawanna League championship this week. The only thing that stood between the Lady 'Cats and a Division Two title was archrival Valley View...

Western Wayne’s quest for a Lackawanna League title came to disappointing end Tuesday evening on the rain-soaked turf at Wallenpaupack Area High School.

The Lady ‘Cats and Cougars squared off in the nightcap of a rare neutral site soccer twinbill. It was the third meeting of the fall between these two teams, each of whom finished the regular season with a 13-1 record.

Sadly for a dedicated group of local fans who braved the rain, Valley View dominated this one right from the outset. The Cougars hammered home three first half goals, then weathered a late Western Wayne rally in posting a 5-1 win.

With the victory, Valley View claimed sole possession of the Division Two crown.

“The girls are pretty upset,” Coach John Fahrenbach told TWI Sports. “But, we’ve still had a great season...and, it’s a long way from being over. We’ll put this behind us now and focus on winning a district title.”

The hunt for a Class AAA championship will begin tonight with a semifinal showdown between the Lady ‘Cats and longtime rival Scranton Prep. Gametime is tentatively set for 7:00 p.m. at Scranton Memorial Stadium.

Stay tuned to TWI Sports for continuing coverage of the Lady ‘Cats championship quest.

Rough Start
The Lady ‘Cats and Cougars were forced to stand around in the rain for more than an hour awaiting the conclusion of Tuesday’s opener.

West Scranton and Pottsville went “toe-to-toe” in an epic Game One battle. The Invaders and Crimson Tide fought to a 0-0 tie after regulation, then played a pair of scoreless overtime periods leading up to a shootout.

West Scranton emerged victorious in this heart-stopping finale. Kaitlyn Sledzinski, Casey Schultz and Bridget Gilgallon each tallied a goal to give the Invaders a 3-2 decision.

With this win, West Scranton earned a ticket to the Class AAA tournament and a dubious date with Valley View.

Tuesday’s nightcap between the Lady ‘Cats and Cougars finally got underway just before 9: 00 p.m. and Valley View quickly went on the attack.

Tory Legg broke the scoring ice in the seventh minute. The junior striker unleashed a high-light reel shot from more than 30 yards out, hooking a laser-beam left-footed blast just in-side the far post.

Legg’s goal came at the 7:17 mark off an assist from Deanna Cleary and gave Valley View a quick 1-0 advantage.

The Cougars built momentum from there, tacking on two additional goals for a 3-0 halftime lead.

Sara Dubravcak chipped in the second goal off an assist by Amanda Walter (37:10). Walter then picked up a goal of her own with less than a minute remaining before intermission.

“You just can’t give up a late goal like that to a team like Valley View and expect to win,”?said Coach Fahrenbach. “That’s the kind of mistake you usually don’t recover from.”

Down & Out
Valley View put the game out of reach only six minutes after the break.

Dubravcak tallied her second goal of the match at the 46:11 mark. This one was unassisted and upped the Cougars’ lead to a comfortable 4-0.

Charclie Brink finally got the Lady ‘Cats on the board midway through the half.

Western Wayne’s all-time leading scorer “bent it like Beckham,” curling the ball into Valley View’s net off her own corner kick. Cougar keeper Jacqui Rossi could only shake her head in disbelief at Brink’s feat.

“That was a great goal,”?said Coach Fahrenbach. “Chuck had a couple of chances to score, and she made that one count.”

Western Wayne actually outshot Valley View by a margin of 14-10, but the Cougars made the most of their opportunities.

Defensively, Shannon Laul turned in a stellar performance for Western Wayne. The sophomore hustled from sideline-to-sideline in a tireless effort at stifling Valley View’s attack.

Scoring Summary...
WW (13-2)  0  1 - 1
VV   (14-1)  3  3 - 6

VV: Legg (Cleary), 7:17
VV: Dubravcak (Walter), 37:10
VV: Walter (Cleary), 39:37
VV: Dubravcak (unassisted), 46:11
WW: Brink (unassisted), 53:04
VV: Mecca (Cleary), 77:59

Saves: Phoebe Olsommer (WW) 5; Jacqui Ross (VV) 12.